We moved to Santa Monica in 2012. It wasn't a huge move distance-wise from Pacific Palisades just a a few miles to the north, to Santa Monica.
But it may as well have been half a world away, as our lifestyle changed dramatically.
Instead of driving everywhere, today we ride bikes almost everywhere - the sinle excptuion being our twice-weekly grocery store runs. (My boys eat like there's no tomorrow so I could never pedal anywhere with all those groceries.)
We also have the best of restaurants, beaches, shopping, and entertainment a short walk or bike ride away, allowing up to skip hassle and expense of findin parking.
And when it comes to our fellow Santa Monicans - the mix of people couldn't be more diverse, entertaining, or fascinating.
It has been seven years now, and we couldn't feel more at home, happy, and welcomed in our adopted home. As a travel writer for more than a decade, I've covered dozens of cities in the U.S., Europe, the Caribbean for major daily newspapers and magazines.
I know good stories when I see them. And here in Santa Monica, I saw them every day. So in June 2014, I created Santa Monica Beaches.com to share the unique stories and history of this beautiful, diverse, wacky, wonderful, never-a-dull-moment Southern California city we call home.
I feel so lucky to be able to live and work in a place where each new day brings a fresh, exciting new adventure. And I'm delighted to share them with you