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California, Destinations

Los Angeles

I love Los Angeles! The weather, the food, the scene, the vegetation, the wildlife, the different neighborhoods … I love it all. On a recent visit, this was my usual morning experience: Eat breakfast, then walk my son’s dogs to a hipster coffee shop for a delicious cup of joe. (Oh, that’s another […]

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Destinations, Reviews, Spain

Tapas in Madrid

One of my favorite Spanish customs is eating tapas. There are several legends about how tapas originated, but today it involves going to a bar, ordering a few tasty bites with a drink and enjoying them with your friends, then perhaps moving on to another bar, and maybe another. You can do this […]

madrid, joyful heart travel
Destinations, Reviews, Spain


Madrid is my favorite city, and I’ve been there numerous times. It’s old, large, lively, and urban, yet it’s pretty and has a small-town feel. I love the festive atmosphere, the food, and the walkability. People are always out and about, no matter what hour. They really enjoy food, drink, and conversation, and […]

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Costa Rica, Destinations

Things to Do near San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose is the capital of Costa Rica, yet it’s not usually the first destination of choice for visitors. Many Costa Rican vacations begin by flying into the airport in San Jose (the airport is actually located in Alejuela). Depending on what time you land, you might spend a night there, then move on […]