Mama Travels: Paris in March

March 25, 2015

I made a quick stop in Paris on my way back from Spain. It was during Paris Fashion Week, the marathon, and the weather was beautiful; thus, the city was busting out with people everywhere.

I do my usual check list for Paris which includes: the walk through Jardin Tuileries, Louvre, Palais Royal, Chupadero to see the Eiffel tower, visit Pablo who I met a couple of years ago during a trip to Paris, a visit to Collette, and shopping in the Marais.

I also checked out the Picasso museum that I have been waiting 9 years to see. The renovation isn’t finished but it finally opened!

Of course eating good food is the must thing to do in Paris. Paris has the best food and my list is always changing with new and old favorites. This time, I didn’t have time to try the old but I added new favorites, Roseval and Le Verre . The food was divine and the wine pairing enhances your taste buds to the maximum.

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Mama Travels: Fuerteventura, Spain

March 14, 2015

Fuerteventura is one of the Canary Islands, an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa but politically Spanish. Fuerteventura is only a 2 ½ hour plane ride from Madrid, making it the perfect vacation spot for Spaniards but a long journey for a New Yorker like me. From New York, it took 2 planes and 10 plus hours of flying to get to the Hawaii of Spain. Fuerteventura means “strong winds” in Spanish combined with the mild weather year round makes for the perfect surfer’s paradise. I can now proudly say that I’m not a complete novice anymore but an advanced beginner. I’ve definitely got the surfing bug and I will squeeze- in any and all possibilities to chase some waves.

Equipped with my new 2/3mm wet suit and booties, I arrived at the island. The island is made of volcanic rocks and dunes. This island is a paradise for the surfers thus lots of beaches to surf check in the morning. You can also ride a boat to a nearby island like Lanzarote for more serious waves. I give you fair warning that as a foreigner you aren’t welcome by the locals who have been surfing these perfect sets for a decade. As I mentioned previously, for a beginner like me who’s chasing baby waves I had no problems on any of the beaches. The island has an abundance of surf schools and they all cater to surfers of different levels. I took a private lesson and surfed in Playa de Majanicho most of time during the low tides when the waves were manageable. I got used to fighting with other surfers to ride a wave and I drank so much seawater that my friend joked the ocean became low tide when I went in.

The Island is rustic and huge. You can go miles without seeing any humans and I encountered many wild goats. Everywhere I looked, it resembled a Jeep commercial. I let go of my city girl routines pretty quickly. The make-up stayed in the ziploc bag, my mani and pedi scraped off and was replaced by dirt, and underwear was replaced by bikinis. I no longer cared about brushing my hair and I got sun burned from being outside without sun screen. It took me a good 48 hours to become nature girl but when I did, it was refreshing.

In this natural island, I saw so many men changing in and out of wetsuits right in the middle of the road with their penis swinging; women urinated in the parking lot still holding onto her baby; and a guy at the nudist beach took a #2 right between the trees. Everybody was letting go in this island.

Fresh seafood is easy to find in the super market but if you are in-land you have to eat the goats. I felt bad eating them since I saw them the day before but I did enjoy my fried goat cheese and fried baby goats at the Casa Marcos with 2 glasses of house Pinot Grigio. I loved Casa Marcos so much I wanted to keep going back and eat everything on the menu.

After surfing one day, I headed to the dunes did what the Spanish called Croquette. Croquette means rolling down a hill sideways as fast as you can without puking.

I had a lot of fun on this adventurous island and I even dreamt of owning a food truck serving breakfast in the morning and Korean style tacos in the afternoon. You really don’t need much to be happy on this Canary Island. I was completely content watching surfers bobbing up and down until there was no more sunlight.

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Favorite Travel Moments 2014

February 3, 2015

Over the years, my blog has morphed into more of travel blog than a fashion blog. The only thing that I want to buy these days are plane tickets and nothing brings me more pleasure than reviewing my travel photos. My very wise friend Miss Buttercup said that traveling is the only thing that makes you rich and humble at same time. It is so true. I feel so rich whenever I see my travel photos and I feel so grateful for these collected moments. The following are my favorite travel moments of 2014.

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Paris, France
Paris is always a good idea. Paris with my BFF on my birthday was even a better idea. I just wish my birthday was in the summer but there is never a dull moment in Paris. I mean it’s Paris!
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berlinBerlin, Germany
I’ve always dreamt about going to Berlin to see the remainder of the Berlin wall. I never expected there to be so much art and architecture in one country. It’s super laid back and it’s the kind of place where the locals drink more beer than champagne. My favorite places in Berlin were the Holocaust Memorial and SOHO House.
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costaricaSanta Teresa, Costa Rica
I didn’t even know it was surfer’s heaven until I surfed other places. This place is home to howling monkeys, mango trees, and the greatest beach ever. I picked up surfing while I was there and I dream of going back to surf there again and again.
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Joshua’s Tree National Park, California
After an estrogen fueled weekend of first a bachelorette party and then a bridal shower for my baby sister, I drove to Joshua Tree from Los Angeles. I was definitively ready to switch it up for something gritty and Western. Read More

pasoroblesPaso Robles, CA
Hammersky Vineyard in Paso Robles is my personal favorite because I saw my younger sister get married to the love of her life. My 6 year old son walked her down the aisle and everything was just perfect.
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baliBali, Indonesia
What a magical place!! It’s a world away from New York but this place oozes love and spirituality. I love everything about Bali and it’s at the top of my travel moment in 2014 if not ever.
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kohsamui1Koh Samui, Thaialnd
I was reunited with six of my closest friends here. Our friendship is going strong even after 10 years.  I just loved watching the sun rise over the ocean with my lovely friends and counting our blessings.
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istanbulIstanbul, Turkey
I feel like broken record but this place was magical too. The Blue Mosque is out of this world and the culture is so rich you want to buy and bring home everything. I would go back in a heart beat.
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puertoricoRight before the school started, I was able to get in Puerto Rico with my son. What a way to extend the summer
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antelopeAntelope Canyon, Arizona
Words can’t really describe this place. Only the sounds can and it goes, “woos and ahhhhh”. Take a look at the photos. You can’t take a bad photo here! In every angle, you will find the beauty and you feel that there are higher powers out there.
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Cape Town, South Africa
One of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited. It has it all. The mountain, sea, vineyard, culture, and all of this was affordable! The biggest expense is the plane ticket since it’s so far from NYC, but once you are there everything is easy. Uber even has chopper service, not that I used it but I love to tell people about it.
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