Cruising Pipa, Brazil

Pipa is a Magical little town situated in the largest ecological sanctuary in the State of Rio Grande do Norte. A formerly quiet fishermen’s village with cobble stone streets, breathtaking views and warm waters, Pipa got ” discovered” by surfers internationallyin the late 70’s. It’s population and cuisine is almost like a ” Little Europe”… Nowadays, it’s a Gem for surfers, kiteriders ( Pipa means ” Kite” in Portuguese), down to earth, ecological, independent travelers that enjoy Nature. As well as for Lovers seeking for the perfect romantic spot. We landed in Natal, the closes big city and took a transfer for an hour and a half into the Beautiful jungle. Our Incredible Hotel awaited. Pipa has a great selection of Pousadas and Hotels and even hostels to choose from. Make sure if you stay by the beach, that your hotel’s STAIRCASE is in good conditions!!! Ask ahead since hotels by the cliff have 200 steps to go down to the water. We saw several in awful conditions and that could really be a challenge for your stay. Pipa has several Dreamy beaches, we stayed at Praia Do Madeiro but in a full day you can actually take a walk by all the local, Beautiful beaches. Towards the North side, you’ll see incredible, breathtaking cliffs that look almost hand painted, the earth changing it’s colours before your eyes as you blink! Praia da Casimbinhas is on your way to Tibau do Sul, where Lagoa de Guarairas is. This incredible phenomenon will amaze you as a sweet water lake merges into the ocean giving place to all forms of life such as beautiful pink dolphins, camaleons, turtles, lizzards…The entire Pipa area will amaze you. Watching the sunset at Tibau do Sul is a definite must!

Walking toward the South from Praia do Madeiro, you’ll run into Praia Do Amor, Bahia dos Golfinhos ( Dolphins’ Bay) where waters are very calm, there’s less surf and you can actually spot dolphins and relax from the wind as the mountain surrounds you. Pipa is a very windy area, so come prepared, whatever that means to you! ( And thank the wind, otherwise temperatures would be waaay higher! ;-D ).

Every single day, if you hang around long enough, you’ll get to make BEST FRIENDS with the local little monkeys that come by to say hello, looking for bananas, papayas, cashews and anything you’ll offer them! They’re kind, friendly and don’t bite.

Most hotels have transfers for a few bucks;  you can schedule pick ups and drop offs and go downtown Pipa to dine, shop, enjoy fun nightlife ( downtown Pipa is well known in the area for it’s Ecological vibe, Surf and Nightlife) and walk all the way passed downtown and stumble as we did with the ” real town” where it may not be so glam or cool but it has -THE BEST- restaurants the town can offer!

Pipa will bewitch you, even upon arrival you’ll see large coconut plantations, impressive cliffs, white sand dunes, coves and precipices. All surrounded by pristine , warm turquoise waters which you’ll be able to enjoy every day sipping some coconut water straight out of the fruit, kicking back and wishing time will stay still for ever!




Exploring Spain and Costa Brava <3

” I would never again be the same. This is the magic of travel. Any travel.  You leave your home secure in your own knowledge and identity, but as you travel, the world in all its richness intervenes. You meet people you could not invent; you see scenes you could not imagine. Your own world, which was so large as to consume your whole life, becomes smaller and smaller until it is only one tiny dot in space and time. You return a different person.”

( From Letters to my Son, by Kent Nerburn)


… And so we begun our journey to explore Spain, Costa Brava and before the Universe intervened, the South of Spain and Morocco…

We arrived to Madrid for our stay there for three days. The weather was incredible and it was May, just barely Spring; we were so fortunate a heat wave came along whispering good wishes of warm weather for us. The thing about Madrid is that everything is walking distance. We were lucky to stay a half block from the Reina Sofia Museum , right across Atocha Station where all Buses and Trains come to and leave from.

I highly recommend that area as it’s still very affordable, a very groovey, artsy, trendy neighborhood with great Bodegas to grab a quick bite , vino or beer or dine like you haven’t in a really long time! All restaurants and Bars are open it seems all day and until the wee hours, so whenever you’re hungry you can just waltz in! This doesn’t happen in small towns in Spain, so enjoy!

The first things we did was do our Museum stops: Museo del Prado and Reina Sofia, PLEASE NOTE! If you check online, both Museums are FREE after a certain hour. At this point in the year it was after 5 pm  and 6 pm. We had plenty of time to check out all the breathtaking Artwork before the Museums closed!

We chose a certain day to just wonder around the city and wall to all the tourist points. Now, we consider ourselves ” Travelers, opposed to Tourists” we try avoiding the usual crowded places and love discovering places, talking to the locals, meet new people sharing all the world and trying new foods… this said, there are very touristy places that are UNMISSABLE !!!

Our walk through the city hitting all the tapas bars at night was one of the highlights…Everyone looks so relaxed even right out of the office …the beautiful old buildings , the twinkly little lights…crowds laughing…Spain is truly Magical ❤

In order to do all this, make sure to wear comfy walking shoes!. Without even noticing, we’d walk around 8 to 10 k per day…just wandering! If you’re a girl like myself, I like to still be fashionable , you don’t have to dress like a potato bag to be comfortable! Wear layers: the weather changes several times during the day and you want to be prepared and avoid a cold. Bring bottled water in your backpack from any grocery or liquor store: Once you get close to the very touristy spots water is super overpriced and stores are hard to come by, so you wind up buying water a restaurant, which is a total no-no!!!

Ready to explore as we like, we walked to Parque del Retiro: A Beautiful park very close to Museo del Prado, be ready to walk a lot! Be bold to ask directions as there are so many little streets in the park it can get a tad bit confusing!

We decided to walk to the Palacio de Cristal, which is truly a gift to the eyes and the soul; a quiet building with an incredible story behind it, we happened to find this French Artist’s exhibit with rocking chairs… if you find it make sure you sit on one of the rocking chairs in it and look up to the trees…and take it all in 🙂

If you are in Madrid on a Sunday, a fun thing to do is to go to El Rastro ( from 9am to 3pm), an open flea market that dates as far as 1497 and has been declared historical heritage in Spain…

Be ready: It get’s crowded. And by that I mean people breathing in your ear, elbows everywhere and a mass of people just transporting you through the street! ! Carry as little as possible with you and if you bring your purse, place it facing Forward. We did not experience any burglary at all, but everyone who lived around there told us to simply ” watch it”, so I’m just passing it along… El Rastro was a lovely, lovely experience!

As we walked down from Puerta del Sol on Cervantes Street towards Atocha Station direction…wondering the streets we stumbled upon a very quiet Block…We spotted this charming house with a humble sign outside…. Little did we know it was

The House-Museum of Lope de Vega (Casa-Museo de Lope de Vega) is the former home of the” Golden age” writer Lope de Vega. The sixteenth-century house was bought by the writer in 1610. Today it is conserved by the Real Academia Española, which is the institution responsible for the regulation of the Spanish language. The Academy restored the house and opened it as a museum in 1935, the same year the building was declared a National Monument. 

We walked through the gorgeous hallway into the quiet little patio and just sat on Lope de Vega’s bench. It is all still intact : a very old door, the fig trees, his veggie garden. I closed my eyes and once again just heard the silence and took it all in ❤

If you need to get a little shopping out of your System, head toward Calle de Fuencarral, one of the three streets that merge into Puerta del Sol. As you might have noticed, I mention this Puerta del Sol a lot …it’s just such a great point of reference in Madrid! As you walk up several blocks and pass all the touristy restaurants, you’ll find a beautiful quiet neighborhood around the Courthouse and some outstanding restaurant for you foodies ;-D

If you are into Architecture, you can’t miss Plaza Mayor ,,_Madrid and the Biblioteca de Hermanas Pias in the Lavapies neighborhood… Fantastic Buildings!

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We have seen so many incredible sights, things and had breathtaking moments in Madrid which could never be compressed in a short Blog …But I can tell you this much: Madrid with it’s charming little streets, flamenco music, Amazing Museums , Tapa bars and restaurants and some of the friendliest people I’ve met through my travels is – I can tell you this much- my favorite city yet!

I hope you Love it as much as I do! Please email me if you have any questions!

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Palacio de Cristal, at Parque del Retiro

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Museo Reina Sofia

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Plaza Mayor

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Hermanas Pias Library

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Just wanted to share….

My new Artwork page! There are places and things along the way that just speak straight into your heart; that is what I intend to capture through my Art … The places I’ve been, the sights, the textures. The sweet little nothings that stay in my heart forever after a journey. I hope you like them!



Los Angeles…. Home’s Little secrets <3

The best sunsets in Santa Monica happen during Fall <3



” I would never again be the same. This is the magic of travel. Any travel.  You leave your home secure in your own knowledge and identity, but as you travel, the world in all its richness intervenes. You meet people you could not invent; you see scenes you could not imagine. Your own world, which was so large as to consume your whole life, becomes smaller and smaller until it is only one tiny dot in space and time. You return a different person.”

( From Letters to my Son, by Kent Nerburn)

As an Angelina, I hadn’t realized how fortunate I was to know all these little ” secret” beautiful places, until I had friends overseas visiting me. As they asked to ” Please, please take them to Hollywood, and specially take a pic by the Hollywood sign” I smiled and kept thinking how amazing the media is. Television sells a smoke curtain. And people overseas definitely buy it.

I am a 3 generation Angelina, and I have seen the most spectacular places, walking on a 10 block radio from my home! 😀

I will just start off telling you that Santa Monica is a WONDERFUL place to have as a base, not just because it’s where I’m from!Until you rent a car to move around, Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus System has been awarded as the best in the country. Easy breezy to move from one place to the other… It’s inevitable to rent a car once you really want to explore Los Angeles.  L.A , you must know, is a bunch of subcultures, all cohabiting together. One area or town is so very different than the next! Be prepared to go from Glam to Grunge in a 5 block radio!From Glam ( Montana Avenue) to Artsy – trendy- Cool ( Venice Beach/ Abbot Kinney, Main Street Santa Monica) . If you choose to be based West Los Angeles, you can get very quickly to Santa Monica…PLEASE walk North of the Pier. Yes! Where it looks almost too tranquil…After you hang at the Beautiful, History filled Pier with it’s lovely rides, incredible carousel ( where I used to be taken as a child!), and the best Margaritas you can possibly find at Mariasol , a Mexican Restaurant at the very end of it….Please continue to move North until you hit Montana Avenue…about 4 blocks.

You’ll find the Palisades Park, the Bluffs…. please wait for sunset time there…during summer you’ll see the sun go down behind the hills of Point Dume in Malibu… and be prepared from Fall throughout the winter to see the most INCREDIBLE Sun melting in the sea- Sunsets you have ever seen ( this coming from a truth Globetrotter!!! ;-D) . It will make your day! Palisades Park has one of the best views in town ( and Energy!).

After that , you should head up on Montana Avenue to 10th Street to find Father’s Office, The BEST low key Beer Bar with Gourmet food you’ll find. Their hamburgers have been rated as # 1 in Los Angeles times and don’t forget to ask for their signature ” Sweet potato fries a la carte” and their sauteed mushrooms… Delish.

The coolest beach where is not crammed and water is less polluted will be from Montana Avenue going North…up to Pacific Palisades, Malibu and on… PCH ( Pacific Coast Highway) will take you all the way to San Francisco. Make sure if you choose that destination, to take PCH and not miss the beautiful Ocean sightseeing! The next Beautiful town after Santa Monica is Pacific Palisades – going North- and then Malibu: Make sure to stop alongside the road where you see little accesses to head down to the beach between private beaches and head down there! Zuma Beach is the best!!!!Santa Monica beach view( further North: Pacific Palisades and Malibu)

Santa Monica’s 3rd street has an amazing farmer’s market on Wednesday Mornings, and Saturday mornings…organic, local…YUM. There is an Almost invisible line between Santa Monica and Venice…As you go by the very cool Main street, you will see on your left the old Firehouse, now Firesides Restaurant, great for healthy omelettes, salads and their signature pancakes with Blueberries.

Around Main Street there is – THE BEST- little restaurant . It’s a Pannini shop….it looks so tiny from the outside…and then…once you order and walk to the back…you find this Amazing quiet garden style patio…with a fountain where birds visit and fragrant lavenders everywhere. A block away, you’ll find The Library Alehouse, another Awesome quick grab a bite Beer place with – in my opinion as a non meat eater- the best ” make it yourself ” Hamburgers!!

Please take a moment if you have time to visit the Paul Getty Museum ( on the 405 North) : it’s free, only U$ 10 for parking….You’ll delight between the incredible Impressionist Art ( Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, Gauguin and all the usual suspects!) and make sure to bring comfy shoes and a small pic nic! The gardens are breathtaking , filled with flowers, fountain and very romantic…

The Getty Villa is newly open, you have to get your tickets online, it’s free as well….It’s all about sculpture, but even if you aren’t into sculpture, it’s worth to visit: the Ocean views from the gardens are Breathtaking …It’s located just 5 minutes from Santa Monica, on PCH…

Finally if you decide to take the 10 Freeway East, you can get to Chinatown and have A-MAZING Dim Sum at the mall next door to it, on the 2nd floor ( lines get long, get there early!) and wander back through Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Westwood, etc….

All of the prior places I mentioned, keep in mind, are ONE BLOCK AWAY FROM THE OCEAN 🙂

Hope this post was useful!!! ❤



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Venice Cannals ( hidden between Venice Blvd and Ocean Ave/ Speedway)

Palisades Park, Santa MOnica

Palisades Park, Santa Monica ( towards the North, Pacific Palisades and Malibu)


Artsy, Trendy Venice!

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….. Some Venice Incredible Street Art!!!


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The Getty Villa Art Museum on PCH

Chinatown !!!


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The Santa Monica Pier at night


~ I come from an Artist family that has traveled the World and has lived in seven countries. I too, am an Artist as well. Born in Santa Monica, CA, I enjoy the richness of being the child of two cultures, a citizen of the World: an Argentinean Mother,a Spaniard Grandfather and a Santa Monican Dad. My itch for traveling has been a passion ever since I was a little girl, listening to my Grandparents’ travel stories, looking at their pictures, reading my Grandmother’s Travel Diaries and so…I begun my own. I hope you enjoy it!!!


Spain stole my Heart …

” I would never again be the same. This is the magic of travel. Any travel.  You leave your home secure in your own knowledge and identity, but as you travel, the world in all its richness intervenes. You meet people you could not invent; you see scenes you could not imagine. Your own world, which was so large as to consume your whole life, becomes smaller and smaller until it is only one tiny dot in space and time. You return a different person.”

( From Letters to my Son, by Kent Nerburn)


Here’s a Little preview of the Spain blog I’m working on… Enjoy!!! 🙂

Spain stole my Heart ….