B.S. Taqueria – A Mexican Jewel in Downtown L.A.

Making your way into downtown L.A. and craving for some delicious Mexican cuisine? Then check into B.S. Taqueria, L.A. native chef Ray Garcia´s playground. Continue reading

Los Angeles | Chinatown & Little Tokyo

Haven´t been to Los Angeles for over a year and with no agenda this time, I spontaneously decided to do a low-key layover and explore the neighborhoods of Chinatown and Little Tokyo. And I found two exciting and colorful areas just off downtown L.A. Continue reading

Los Angeles | A Day on the R.M.S. Queen Mary

For a ship geek like me it is unessential wherever it is at high seas or just in port, a ship is a ship and it does not lose any fascination to me just because it is fixed to the pier for the rest of the time being. Particularly, when it is a legend of transatlantic travel like the astonishing R.M.S. Queen Mary. Once one of the most popular luxury liners during the golden ages of ocean passages, she is now serving as a boutique hotel and floating museum, commemorating the glamour and style of long-lost times. Continue reading

San Francisco | Power Walk to Baker Beach

The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most photographed constructions around the whole world and it is truly a magnificent structure from every point of view. Heading over to Baker Beach on the Western shores of San Francisco is a trip that everyone should take once in town. The view from the beach onto the bridge is probably one of the most romantic ones there is. And getting there by foot is not as difficult as I thought it would be. Continue reading

San Francisco | From Frisco to Capitola on Highway 1 – A Love Story

Driving down the coast in Northern California is something everyone should have done at least once in his/her lifetime. The romance of the rugged cliffs and the powerful Pacific Ocean underneath is only topped by the sheer natural beauty that surrounds you while following the serpentine road along sleepy coastal towns and surfer beaches to Capitola, a picturesque seaside city that would do just perfectly as a movie set for a “Jaws” remake. Continue reading

Los Angeles | A Sporty Trip to Venice Beach

California sun. The powerful Pacific Ocean. The L.A. way of life. Los Angeles is a city that is normally best explored by car. But there are some places that are much more fun to visit by bike. Like Venice Beach. Continue reading

San Francisco | Redwoods & Wanderlust

It does not really make a difference wherever you visit San Francisco as a destination by itself, as a port of call during your cruise or as a stopover when heading North or South. There is always something new to explore in and around Belle of the Bay. How do seashore waterfalls and mighty Redwoods, each just a little over an hour drive away from downtown, sound to you? Join me on a thrilling day trip into the amazing nature that awaits just off the San Francisco city limits and spend a day at the heart of Planet Earth. Continue reading

Short Cruises 2015 | Cross-country done differently

Norwegian Sun leaving the port of Vancouver.
Norwegian Sun leaving the port of Vancouver. © Shipm8s.com by #tamme wichmann photography

Just imagine the following:

You have been on a road or caravan trip for a few days or for weeks and have explored the beautiful landscapes of the territory that you have visited. Mountains, lakes, woods, wildlife, sunsets and sunrises. You´ve witnessed it all. And openly, there is almost no better way to experience the exceptional variety and beauty that the Northwestern states of the Americas have to offer, than by caravan or camping.

But, you may also be just a little fed up with the fact that an adventurous excursion like this comes mostly always with a little sacrifice in comfort, privacy and convenience.

Serenity at sea. Kicking back while the captain is bringing you home...
Serenity at sea. Kicking back while the captain is bringing you home…

So here comes a suggestion, how you can turn your stressful and strenuous return flight-journey into an ease of indulgence, luxury and relaxation: Sail home by cruise ship!

Don´t compromise anymore on space! Finally get a real workout again in a well-equipped gym! Forget about those endless nights of canned food dinners or mediocre diner kitchen quality! Have room for yourself with a door to close and a private balcony to unwind on and don´t worry about excess baggage fees at the airport, because your wife and kids simply could not leave without a “little” souvenir shopping.

A real bed? It´s there. Great service? Right at hand. A view to die for? From sunrise to sunset. And the best thing: The price is unbeatable!

So give yourself a push. Surprise your loved ones and yourself with an adequate end (or beginning) to a vacation, that aways deserves one thing: To be marvelous!

Norwegian Cruise Line

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Princess Cruises

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Holland America Line

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Disney Cruise Line

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Just hurry up! Sailings are limited! See you out there!

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Vegas to L.A. | Why fly when you can drive? And shop…

Seventy-seven Dollars. That is the one-way price for a ticket on a Southwest Airlines flight from McCarran Airport to LAX International, one piece of checked-in luggage and hand-baggage included. If you book early. No question about it, this is a freaking good deal, right? The only letdown during this 55-minute ride: Continue reading