This blog began in 2010 as part of the publisher’s promotional materials for my travel book, The Single Girl’s Guide to Meeting European Men. The book rose to #1 on Amazon’s Best-Sellers List within two weeks of publication, and is still selling. The blog has been expanded to cover my other pursuits.

Festival Fun

July, 31, 2014

To me, an ideal summer day consists of relaxing with friends…swimming, hitting up a festival, and spending the evening dancing around a bonfire.

Festival Affaire A

Since today is Travel Thursday, I’m sharing some slices of fantastic festivals. One of my favorite aspects of these events is the food. A friend recently asked what my guilty pleasure is when it comes to dessert. The answer is, “Everything!”

Festival Affaire B

Here are three top events on my go-to wish list…

International Surf Festival. Running now through August 3rd, the beach cities of the greater Los Angeles South Bay are hosting this shindig. Participants from ages eight to 80 all come together to run, surf, paddle board, play volleyball and build sandcastles. This is the active beach-lovers’ paradise.

Festival Affaire C

Laguna Beach Collection of Festivals. From now through the end of August, this seaside Southern California town hosts four popular art festivals. As a package, they fit every taste level. All of them are on Laguna Beach Canyon Road, so when you add in the sand, surf, shops and restaurants, everything this place has to offer can easily absorb an entire week. The Sawdust Art Festival, pictured below, features fine arts and crafts by local artists. The Festival of Art is a highly-acclaimed, juried fine-art show. The Pageant of the Masters entertains with living recreations of classical and contemporary works, and the Art-A-Fair showcases world-class artwork.

Festival Affaire D

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Listen up, all you pre-planners. Every October people travel here from around the world to see the sky explode with hundreds of colorful hot air balloons.

Festival Affaire E

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