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Been There, Do This: Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in San Francisco

Been There, Do This: Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in San Francisco

Music festivals are only for college students, right? Think again. Sure, you see youthful faces at Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in San Francisco, but you’ll also find the young at heart rocking out . That’s because Outside Lands doesn’t just offer Top 40 musicians: Nearly every year, one of the headliners is a music legend.

Been There, Do This: Mercado Roma in Mexico City

Been There, Do This: Mercado Roma in Mexico City

During a recent visit to Mexico City, there were several times when I thought to myself: Wow, I wish we had a dining experience like this in Los Angeles. I was surprised to find many locations where the ambience impressed me as much as the food. One such place was Mercado Roma in the Roma neighborhood of Mexico City, considered by many to be Mexico City’s most “hipster” ‘hood.

Been There, Do This: The Neon Museum, Las Vegas

Been There, Do This: The Neon Museum, Las Vegas

The Neon Museum’s cemetery of signs houses hundreds of other stories tucked into its beautifully curated outdoor display of Las Vegas’ now obsolete neon tradition. Learning about these stories is easy since visitors to the museum must partake in a guided tour. Make sure to book reservations in advance, as tours are known to sell out.

Been There, Do This: Lukla Airport in Nepal

Been There, Do This: Lukla Airport in Nepal

I was preparing for my trip to the Khumbu region of Nepal and wanted to double-check something I had heard about Lukla Airport, the gateway to Khumbu and where most people start their Everest treks. I had only gone so far as typing in “l-u-k-l-a a-” before Google worked its dark magic: “Lukla Airport” was first to appear, followed by “Lukla Airport Crash.”

Been There, Do This: Diego Rivera Murals in Mexico City

Been There, Do This: Diego Rivera Murals in Mexico City

Without a doubt, Mexico City is the place to learn about and fall in love with Diego Rivera’s art. His work is on display in some of the city’s most-visited sites, such as Palacio de Bellas Artes, Palacio Nacional and Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo.

Been There, Do This: Driving to Bonifacio, Corsica

Been There, Do This: Driving to Bonifacio, Corsica

This particular afternoon — which I’ll never forget — almost didn’t happen. It began innocently enough. Our Windstar ship dropped us off at Corsica’s Porto-Vecchio, a small port town that is good for a quick walk but not an entire day, especially when other parts of Corsica are within reach.

Been There, Do This: National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City

Been There, Do This: National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City

Two celebrities are in Mexico City on the same day. It’s a sprawling area, so are they likely to ever tread the same ground? Well, the day I was at Museo Nacional de Antropologia (National Museum of Anthropology), both musician Robert Plant and “Saturday Night Live” head writer/cast member Colin Jost were both spotted poking around the museum’s 23 permanent exhibit halls.

Free Paper Marbling Lesson in Florence, Italy

Free Paper Marbling Lesson in Florence, Italy

While traipsing through the streets of Florence, I discovered Il Papiro, a hand-decorated paper company founded in Florence in 1976. At the shop, they teach paper marbling, a technique that results in the creation of a gorgeous paint application to paper that is perfect for gift wrapping, wallpaper, posters, book and album covers and even stationary.