Exploring L.A.'s Sunken City - The Traveling Storygirl

Exploring L.A.’s Sunken City

In early 1929, the 20s were still roaring and Oceanside properties were becoming increasingly popular. The San Pedro cliffs in Long Beach, California, were the next target of multi-millionaires. They built a 10-acre neighborhood overlooking San Pedro Harbor and Catalina Island and called it Paseo del Mar. But in January of 1929, a water and…

Getting Stamped by the Soviets at Checkpoint Charlie - The Traveling Storygirl

Getting Stamped by the Soviets at Checkpoint Charlie

For almost 30 years, the Berlin wall separated the oppressed Soviet Union from the free West Germany. Even though the wall fell in 1989, reminders of Berlin’s historical past can still be found throughout the city. Some people have commercialized upon Berlin’s history but there are a plethora of important sites throughout the city that…

A Day Trip to Lovely Little Liechtenstein

Nestled into a valley between the Swiss and Austrian Alps lies the sixth smallest country in the world – Liechtenstein. Few people have heard of this German-speaking nation but its natural beauty leaves you speechless. This tiny nation is roughly the size of Manhattan and has a population of 35,000. It is the only German-speaking…

Dubai - The Desert Destination of a Lifetime

Dubai – The Desert Destination of a Lifetime

Situated in a small country on the coast of the Arabian Peninsula lies Dubai – a sprawling oasis amidst the heat of the desert sun. Dubai has boomed from a small town in the 1990s to one of the biggest tourist destinations of the decade. After visiting there this past weekend, I can completely understand…

Rome in 48 Hours

Rome has been the center of the Catholic Church for thousands of years and was once the center of the Holy Roman Empire too. With such a rich past, it’s no wonder that the city is chock-full of important historical sites and buildings. There is so much to see and do in the city and…

The Day that I Accidentally Saw the Pope and was Trampled by Old Italian Ladies

Whenever somebody travels to Rome, the first thing their friends usually tease them about is “oh are you going to see the pope?” My friends and family were exactly the same. So when I told my parents that I was going to Rome the weekend before Lent started, my dad gave me clear instructions to…

Venice – Then and Now

My parents, bless their hearts, were crazy enough to take an eight year-old to Italy. No normal parents would think that was a good investment and they took a risky gamble when they brought me to Italy for a week when I was only eight. Thankfully, their gamble paid off and I loved the trip.…