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EatSeptember 26, 2023

Smoking Goat

Dinner at the Smoking Goat is a delicious Shoreditch vibe paired with honestly crazy good regional Thai food to match

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AdventureSeptember 25, 2023

Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral & Dover Tour by Evan Evans

The Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral & Dover Tour by Evan Evans offered me a comprehensive and intellectually stimulating day outside of London.

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Independent / Non Affiliated HotelSeptember 24, 2023

One Hundred Shoreditch

My stay at the One Hundred Shoreditch hotel in the Shoreditch neighborhood like a welcoming “hello back” to a city I love.

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BarbecueSeptember 22, 2023

Bludso’s BBQ

Bludso’s BBQ has continued to be my favorite place for delicious Central Texas style smoked barbecue in Los Angeles

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BrewerySeptember 21, 2023

Three Weavers Brewery x Bomba! Yucateco Delicacy

Drinking beers at Three Weavers Brewery while enjoying tacos from Bomba! Yucateco Delicacy was a well crafted match of happiness.

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Recent Eats

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EatSeptember 20, 2023

Nusr-Et Steakhouse – Maçka Palas

After so many days of vegetarian food with a little meat thrown in, I should have known better than to go hard on steak cooked in front of me with sizzling butter at Nusr-Et Steakhouse – Maçka Palas

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EatSeptember 19, 2023


Lunch at Turquoz at Park Hyatt Istanbul offers traditional delicious Turkish fare. Perfect while I waited for my room to be readied.

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EatSeptember 15, 2023

Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong

Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong is a great restaurant for high quality, al la carte ordered Korean barbecue in Koreatown

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Cocktail and Wine BarSeptember 13, 2023

Gracias Madre

Drinks and desert at Gracias Madre was the perfect end to a rather interesting evening in West Hollywood

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AmericanSeptember 12, 2023

Great White – Melrose

I wanted dinner at Great White Melrose to be stellar. But, it was such a sub par experience that my friend and I went to Gracias Madre after to wash the taste from our mouths

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AmericanSeptember 11, 2023

Great White – Venice Beach

The Venice Beach location of Great White is a lovely vibe, located across from the Venice sign in Venice Beach.

Travels + Experiences

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Hyatt HotelsSeptember 18, 2023

Park Hyatt Istanbul – Maçka Palas

After a week in Montenegro, Park Hyatt Istanbul – Macaka Palas in Istanbul was a truly welcomed space of refined relaxation.

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ExperiencesSeptember 14, 2023

Sona Jobarteh at Skirball Cultural Center’s Sunset Concert Series

Sona Jobarteh is a Gambian kora virtuoso. Seeing her perform live at the Skirball Cultural Center watered my soul with African music mixed with powerful messages.

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AdventureAugust 31, 2023

Dive Into The Depth Of Your Being: Montenegro Yoga Retreat

The “Dive Into The Depth Of Your Being: Montenegro Yoga Retreat” by Kineesi Yoga at Mahakala Retreat Center in Montenegro was an experience in open mindedness, patience and self discovery.

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AdventureAugust 30, 2023

Private Walking Tour of the Old Town of Kotor, Montenegro

Booking a private walking tour of the Old Town of Kotor, Montenegro was the perfect way to learn about the region before settling into a week long yoga retreat in Buljarica

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EatAugust 29, 2023

Pacman Sunset Restaurant

My last sunset dinner in Greece was at Pacman at the Adronis Arcadia in Oia. It was a scene, a moment, and a place to be seen in Oia.

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AdventureAugust 28, 2023

Spiridakos Sailing Cruises Sunset Boat Tour

A few hours after leaving Istanbul, after two flights and no sleep, I was drinking a beer, on a boat off the coast of Santorini, Greece.

Hotels + Stays

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Hyatt HotelsAugust 23, 2023

Magma Resort Santorini – The Unbound Collection by Hyatt

Magma Resort Santorini, part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt is a beautiful landscape inspired hotel on the rural side of Santorini island, overlooking the Aegean Sea

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Hilton HotelsAugust 16, 2023

Hagia Sofia Mansions Istanbul, Curio Collection by Hilton

Staying at the Hagia Sofia Mansions Istanbul Hotel in Faith was a beautiful blend of history, religion and modern relaxed refinement

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IHG HotelsAugust 9, 2023

voco Osaka Central

The voco Osaka Central hotel in Osaka, Japan was a vibrant and perfectly located point for everything I wanted to see in Osaka

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Independent / Non Affiliated HotelJuly 26, 2023

Ace Hotel Kyoto

Ace Hotel Kyoto in Kyoto, Japan was the perfect location, design and vibe of a hotel for a short stay in Kyoto.

About Kimberly

Hey everyone! As a lifelong lover of travel and all things adventure, I’ve always loved sharing my experiences with friends. Above all else, I love having fun – wherever I find myself. Here you’ll find a collection of my travels, thoughts and inspiration for a life well lived. I hope you enjoy your stay.




Travel Photography

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AdventureAugust 14, 2023

Viewing the Dotonbori Glico Sign and Exploring the Dotonbori District

Seeing the famous Dotonbori Glico Sign and walking around the Dotonbori District was like Time Square in New York City – times three

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ExperiencesAugust 1, 2023

Fushimi Inari Taisha

The vermillion shine gateways of Fushimi Inari Taisha are visually iconic symbols of Kyoto and all of Japan.

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ExperiencesJune 18, 2023

Garden of the Gods

Every time I visit Garden of the Gods, I stand in awe of the beauty, the geological formations and the place itself.

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ExperiencesJune 17, 2023

Denver Botanic Garden

The Denver Botanic Garden is a modern, lush landscape full of delightful flora, fauna and pollinators galore

Tours Around the World

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AdventureAugust 21, 2023

Istanbul: Asia Side Highlights in a Day

Booking a planned tour of Istanbul through Airbnb allowed me to explore the Asia side of Istanbul in a challenging yet rewarding way

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AdventureAugust 4, 2023

Evening Guided Walking Tour of the Gion District in Kyoto, Japan

This evening walking tour of the Gion District in Kyoto, Japan was definitely a unique experience in managing tour expectations

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AdventureJuly 18, 2023

From Tokyo: Guided Day Trip to Hakone, Owakudani & Mt. Fuji

Booking my day tour of Hakone, Owakudani & Mt. Fuji was a wonderful introduction and immersion to the landscape, culture and regional food of Japan

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AdventureJune 15, 2023

Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Volendam, and Marken Day Trip by Tours & Tickets

The “Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Volendam, and Marken Day Trip” by Tours & Tickets was a light yet comprehensive tour of the Dutch countryside, while highlighting traditional points of the Dutch culture

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