Biggest surprises as a traveler to Berlin, Germany

Mauerpark with my traveling companions in Berlin

This is the second part in Melissa Curtin’s series on travel surprises in Europe. Last week, it was Copenhagen. Next up in the series, next week: Prague! There are so many things you don’t think about before you embark on a trip—especially things that you take for granted in the good ‘ol USA. Some of […]

Biggest surprises as a traveler to Copenhagen, Denmark

Christiania hippie commune

This is the first part in Melissa Curtin’s series on travel surprises in Europe. Next up in the series, next week: Berlin! There are so many things you don’t think about before you embark on a trip—especially things that you take for granted in the good ‘ol USA. Some of the surprises I list below […]

Escape LA: 48 hours in Ojai, California

View from Meditation Mount

More Escape LA, from Melissa Curtin: Red Rock Canyon and Trona Pinnacles Just an hour away from the City of Angels lies an oasis so not like Los Angeles that, as an Angelino, it only makes sense to head there often for some peace, and to breathe the fresh air deep into your lungs. Ojai, just 12 […]

15 Highlights in Costa Rica, a Naturalist’s Delight

Río Celeste (Credit: Melissa Curtin)

Pura Vida! That’s the phrase you’ll hear most often in Costa Rica. It means “pure life” or “plenty of life.” It’s a greeting and a response to a greeting, but it also reflects the essence with which the Costa Ricans lead their life. Costa Rica was like an adventurous dream, a dream of the unexpected […]

Hilton Garden Inn Los Angeles/Hollywood – A Walk or Metro to All the Spots

The Hilton Garden Inn Los Angeles/Hollywood

The updated Hilton Garden Inn Los Angeles/Hollywood is right on Highland Avenue, just a block from Hollywood Blvd and within walking distance of all the tourist hot spots in Hollywood. It’s a short walk from the Hollywood Bowl. You can easily walk to the metro to get downtown right at the fancy outdoor shopping plaza at Hollywood […]

Travel Style: Melissa Curtin

Melissa Curtin

Want to know how to travel in style, just like the pros? We check in with frequent fliers on useful resources, favorite destinations and what they never leave home without. Name: Melissa Curtin Occupation: Co-Founder of LaLaScoop, Writer, Educator, Designer of Wear2learn T-shirts Hometown: Old Lyme, Connecticut Residence: West Hollywood, California Website: LaLaScoop.com Facebook: LaLaScoop, Wear2Learn Short bio: Melissa is a contributing travel […]

Dreaming of Mazatlan food

The sunset from El Shrimp Bucket in Mazatlan.

Shrimp ceviche, beer battered shrimp, coconut shrimp, cockroach shrimp, grilled shrimp, bacon wrapped shrimp, barbeque shrimp, peel and eat shrimp, shrimp tacos, shrimp quesadillas, and garlic shrimp. Images of Tom Hanks in the film Forest Gump (“Shrimp gumbo, shrimp creole, shrimp soup…”) were conjured up in my mind daily in Mazatlan as I devoured the […]

Cultural Highlights of Medellin, Colombia

The Castle

Medellin pronounced “Meda-jean” in Colombia, South America is a vibrant city located in a valley about 626 miles northeast of Bogotá and about an hour and a half from the Amazon.  There has been an enormous educational, cultural, social, and urban transformation in Medellin. Today about 2 million tourists visit this city each year, a […]