The Ultimate Guide to Downtown Los Angeles

Next time you’re planning a trip to Los Angeles and thinking about throwing in another beach day (no judgement there), may I suggest something that might not immediately be on your travel radar? Give Downtown Los Angeles a day in your holiday planning. If you want to spend a full day exploring an area that is steeped in history, this…
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Shopping Southern California: The ultimate fashion outlets and a lofty challenge

FFG was a guest of Simon Shopping Destinations on this trip. “Hold on, you’re basically taking your dream holiday….and this is work?” That’s what my mom said, in response to my telling her I had to jet off to California for a week to “work,” last month. And she wasn’t wrong. If given the choice of having a holiday where…
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A calmer way to do Los Angeles at The Langham, Pasadena

As I write, I’m sitting on the grand terrace at The Langham, Pasadena. The sun rose minutes ago and the air is only just starting to change from a dewy morning crispness to a drier and warmer start to the day. I’m sitting alone. It appears not another soul has moved from their bed. I have a coffee to the…
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California Diaries: Crystal Cove

{Written in collaboration with Visit California and Air New Zealand} This is the story of discovering one of the most magical bits of California coastline known as Crystal Cove… The last day of my California adventure was by far my most emotional. Of course I was already feeling “feelings” as I had less than 20 hours left on the ground in…
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California Diaries: Up on Pelican Hill and down on Newport Beach

{Written in collaboration with Visit California and Air New Zealand} They say leave the best for last, and I must admit, my trip to California concluded with a destination that’s completely new to me and one that left me wanting another week to explore. This was my first visit to Newport Beach, but it wasn’t my first look at the…
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