Travel: Spring Break to Palm Springs, California | @PalmSpringsCA @RenaissancePS2

I recently shared tips about visiting the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway with Kids. As we were driving around Palm Springs, it reminded me a little of driving around LA with streets lined with palm trees. (c) Let’s Play OC! Isn’t she fabulous? Seeing the “Forever Marilyn” Sculpture up close was pretty cool. (Hint: there’s a Starbucks across the street. =)) UPDATE: The exhibit is only here for a limited time and due to leave in June 2013. They just extended it for another 90 days thru end of August 2013. “Forever Marilyn” Sculpture, Palm Springs, CA (c) Let’s Play OC! We wanted to stay really close to the tramway so … READ MORE >>

Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa

Written in collaboration with Catamaran Resort. Opinions are our own. All images copyrighted by Mission Bay Hotels. Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa is a Polynesian-themed resort located about 8 miles from San Diego International Airport and close to nearby popular attractions like SeaWorld San Diego (3 miles), San Diego Zoo (12 miles) and LEGOLAND California (28 miles). FUN FACTS: “The San Diego hotel and its surrounding area was originally the summer estate of the Scripps family which they called Braemar. Mrs. Scripps, matriarch of the family, envisioned a simple yet elegant home, a place where the family could enjoy wonderful ocean breezes and comfortable starry nights. The family eventually abandoned … READ MORE >>

TRAVEL: French Market Place, Dining at Mr. B’s Bistro, and Best Pralines from Southern Candy Makers in New Orleans

Take a walk through America’s oldest city market – the French Market in New Orleans, Louisiana. It’s like a swap meet or flea market and you can get all your souvenirs for New Orleans here. They’re already a bargain, but don’t forget to negotiate. Best Pralines Within walking distance from the French Market, look for Southern Candy Makers for the BEST Pralines (voted by Bon Appetit’s Magazine as Best of the USA). They also make nice gifts. Check out their packaging below. Dining at Mr. B’s Bistro For dinner, we had reservations at Mr. B’s Bistro. I asked them what they were famous for and they highly recommended … READ MORE >>

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TRAVEL: Tour of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras World | #HolidayTravels @MardiGrasWorld

Every year when we go back to New Orleans to visit family, we try to explore one new thing with our kids. This year, we toured Mardi Gras World. What is Mardi Gras? Mardi Gras which means “Fat Tuesday” in French and is the day right before Ash Wednesday. If you’re Catholic, you know what’s it’s like to fast on Ash Wednesday so we tend to fill up Tuesday or “fatten up” the day before thus “Fat Tuesday”. In New Orleans, they take it to a whole other level by running parades for two weeks straight through “Fat Tuesday” and everything completely stops at midnight before Ash Wednesday. The schools … READ MORE >>