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User Image ciaranblu Posted: Jun 23, 2012 9:00 PM (UTC)
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Someone hasn't taken his "vacation hat" off for the entire stay

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User Image ciaranblu Posted: Jan 20, 2018 6:26 AM (UTC)
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Without a doubt my happy place is no particular place but rather on the road, on an adventure and most often with these two. Wondering what sorts of journeys lay in store for 2018. I have been less proactive about planning this year but I believe in fate and lucky stars and know that my stars are ruled by wanderlust and longing ❤️
User Image ciaranblu Posted: Jan 18, 2018 6:06 AM (UTC)

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No vacancy. I don’t know why but seeing signs that say “no vacancy” give me an odd sense of anxiety. It’s FOMO inducing. Maybe fear of being left out in the cold, in the night? I remember driving with my parents in the winter in upstate NY when I was kid and the weather getting bad, looking for a motel that had a vacancy. Refuge. Safety in the night. But not at LA@Concha. That might also be because this sign is in the Museum of Neon and not in front of a motel at all! And still it made me stop and catch my breath. An old insecurity. My eyes were drawn to the #reflection and it definitely made me pause and reflect about my own nuttiness. #travelquirk #mytravellife #neonsign #neonlights #lashextensions #museumofneonart
User Image ciaranblu Posted: Jan 17, 2018 12:09 AM (UTC)

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It’s finally fall in Southern California 😂 I am so in love with this crimson. Can I get a bag, some shoes and a lipstick in this fallen leaf red? 🔥
User Image ciaranblu Posted: Jan 16, 2018 5:32 PM (UTC)
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This morning I saw a beautiful pic that @followmeawaytravel posted of #Portofino and it made me wistful as it reminded me of a funny-not-funny travel story. I was so looking forward to our visit to the Coast on our last trip to Italy but when we got there I discovered a large and unexpected charge had hit my travel account and I was temporarily penniless. I had a bit of a panic attack that day. How would we eat? Where would we stay? The town was thick with tourists and our Airbnb was a total bust. All windows with no screens and a million man eating mosquitoes. We ended up bidding this beautiful coast a sad farewell after less than 24 hrs and using a credit card to hightail it to the hills, literally. We fled all the way to Bolzano which ended up being one of my favorite places. I still desperately want to return to Portofino, for a do over. With more money and less other tourists around preferably! Do you have any travel do over wishes? #travelstories #mytravels #travelfail #boatsofinstagram #travels #mediterraniansea #italy_photolovers #italian_places
User Image ciaranblu Posted: Jan 16, 2018 3:11 AM (UTC)
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MLK day always feels lonely to me. I think it’s because it reminds me, and these days in particular, how far we have come only to fall back and allow some really important truths to get washed out by the sick tides of hate and prejudice. We’re all alone as long as we let that take us for a ride. People are people. Granted, some are assholes. But no race, color, country or ethnicity has cornered the market on that. Let’s not be loners, and haters you and me. Let’s be lovers. #alllivesmatter #staywoke #mlkday #mlkjrday #stopthehate #beachpics #moodygram #footprintsinthesand #californiacoast
User Image ciaranblu Posted: Jan 14, 2018 10:41 AM (UTC)
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You know what I cannot resist? A big pile of hand carved hand made wooden junk like this one I saw at a shop in Jaffa. Could be letterpress or blocks for stamping fabric or lemon juicers or rolling pins... It’s just something about these earnest antique handmade things that allowed someone to better perform their craft. It tugs at my heartstrings and makes me yearn for a simpler life. And then of course I want to buy the things which will only complicate my life because I have no space or time for them. So instead I take a photo. I can’t touch the objects but I can admire them. It helps me, I swear it does. This is my year of decluttering and paring down but some things are harder than others to resist and let go of. #collections #handmadewithlove #woodenstamps #handcarved #antiqueshop
User Image ciaranblu Posted: Jan 13, 2018 7:47 PM (UTC)
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Direct line to the past. I saw this woman talking on her cellphone under the shelter of the Jaffa Gate one rainy day in Jerusalem, at the twilight hour and stole a snap. The photo did not come out clear enough in color. It needed the starkness of b&w. #jerusalem is my favorite city to time travel in. ❤️✈️⏳ #jerusalemoftheday #itraveljlm #itraveljerusalem #jaffagate #streetphotos #streetphoto_bw #arches #oldcity #mytravels #supernaturaltravel
User Image ciaranblu Posted: Jan 12, 2018 6:23 PM (UTC)

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I’m so glad my sons are friends. They don’t always get along but genuinely enjoy each other’s company and seek out each other’s opinion. It’s sweet and wonderful to watch. Someday when the years and sizes between them are less of a gap, this will matter even more ❤️. #sons #naturelovers #takeawalk #takeahike #bestfriends #familyphotos #trailwalk #californiavibes
User Image ciaranblu Posted: Jan 10, 2018 4:02 AM (UTC)
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The Neon Museum is my new favorite thing in #lasvegas. I could have snapped away for hours if they let me. Also I think it is actually better in the rain because of the reflections. Next time I would love to visit in the daytime. #neon #allabandoned #classicvegas #historicalplace #museumtour #vegasfun #vegaslocals #streetsignart #streetsigns #neonsign #neonlights #neonlightstour #neonart
User Image ciaranblu Posted: Jan 9, 2018 4:23 AM (UTC)
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We are stardust, we are golden. 🔥🧡💛🔥 #Vegas #neon #allabandoned #reflections #museumday
User Image ciaranblu Posted: Jan 7, 2018 3:44 AM (UTC)
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Belated birthday in Vegas wishes for @marlymaso tonight. Making good on a promise and wishing for a very sweet year to come.
User Image ciaranblu Posted: Jan 6, 2018 7:41 AM (UTC)

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What a tasteful sky. It’s like the heavens said, honey you wouldn’t want to overdo it. There’s a fine line between pretty and trashy. Nailed it. #sunrises #silhouettes #beachphoto #skycolors
User Image ciaranblu Posted: Jan 5, 2018 1:22 AM (UTC)
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I think she got the shot! So did I. I have this thing with taking pictures of the picture takers. The mist burned off so quickly this morning! #beach #lagunabeach #photographer #takeawalk #misty #silhouettepic
User Image ciaranblu Posted: Jan 4, 2018 4:58 PM (UTC)
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Couldn’t sleep last night so I hit the beach early this morning and took a walk to quiet my overactive mind. What do you do to slow yourself down? #beach #surferdudes #surfer #lagunabeach #visitlaguna #visitcalifornia #beachvibes🌴
User Image ciaranblu Posted: Jan 2, 2018 8:38 PM (UTC)
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I finally have my #2018 #oneword! It’s #connection ... Connecting has always been my superpower - connecting the dots, people, ingredients in a recipe, clothes that would make a good outfit, ideas that form a story. I see connections like that kid in Sixth Sense sees dead people (and sometimes, I swear I see those connections with a little help from dead people). To me the world is an intricate web of connected entities, thoughts and events and if I can relax into this, and see it more clearly, things just seem to have a way of falling into place. No wonder why I loved #dirkgentlysholisticdetectiveagency so much. Everything really is IS connected! So here’s to seeing connections and making new connections in 2018. I chose this misty morning pic @montagelaguna for this long post because I have always loved these two trees but somehow with this little ball of light between them, connecting them, the sum seems greater than the parts. Just waiting for everything to light up this year 😍🔥. #everythingisconnected #lagunabeach #mistymorning #palmtrees #makingconnections #liveauthentic #morningsky
User Image ciaranblu Posted: Jan 1, 2018 8:24 PM (UTC)

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It’s a brand new year! What’s on your horizon? What are you looking out for this yr? I’m still searching for my #oneword. Look close and you will see some pelicans skimming the ocean to the left of this intrepid onlooker in #lagunabeach. They are notoriously opportunistic birds but I always think of pelicans more as harbingers of opportunity. They sweep by so quickly and unexpectedly that it’s often hard to seize the moment and grab a pic and such a winning feeling when you do! #newyearsday #morningview #takeawalk #naturelove
User Image ciaranblu Posted: Jan 1, 2018 4:06 PM (UTC)

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Looks like by #2017bestnine were all about travel & magic. Looking forward to more of both, with friends in 2018.
User Image ciaranblu Posted: Dec 29, 2017 11:57 PM (UTC)
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Checking in or checking out? Second in my series of cell phone culture in unexpected places. Where else have you experienced cognitive dissonance between old and new worlds? #jerusalem #itraveljlm #jerusalemoftheday #travelersnotebook #mytravels #shuk #marketstall
User Image ciaranblu Posted: Dec 28, 2017 7:57 AM (UTC)

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Lost or found? I hate losing things almost as much as I love finding things. This year I lost a really expensive pair of brand new sunglasses and a kindle fire tablet. Both in transit and I can only hope they found good homes. But that’s just stuff and stuff is ultimately replaceable. I also found new friendships and a hundred places and times I’d go back to which is pretty positive considering 2017 was not a great year. So my question isn’t about whether the glass was half full. It’s about lost or found. Here’s to even less losing and more finding in 2018!