Travel Pics – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas, MEXICO

Hola!

While this is generally an art blog, those of you who have followed me for a while know that I also occasionally like to share my travel photos with you guys!

Travel and photography are actually related to my art practice because I often use the photos to create new designs either directly or indirectly, and travel in general tends to inspire me creatively.

Below is an example of a product I created using a photo from this latest trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico!

 

And yes, I did go to Cabo last year as well but we stayed in San Jose del Cabo, and this time we stayed much closer to actual Cabo San Lucas at the Hotel Riu Palace. (Unfortunately, my boyfriend and I both suffered from food poisoning on this trip, from the hotel buffet, so while the hotel itself is beautiful I can’t recommend it based on that experience.)  

Cabo is a fairly short and direct flight from Vancouver, and generally cheaper for me compared to other beach locations, so it’s kind of a no-brainer.  I will definitely be back to Cabo but will find somewhere else to stay next time.

Anyways, here are a few highlights from the trip:

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View from our “Ocean View Double Room” suite
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The beach in front of the hotel at sunset, with a view of Land’s End, and a cruise ship in the bay (please be aware the rip tide here is strong, so swimming in the ocean can be dangerous)
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Sunset over the Riu Santa Fe (the sister hotel, behind the Riu Palace)
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Riding horses on the beach
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Cabo Wabo cantina

We went out bar hopping one night and hit up Cabo Wabo, El Squid Roe, another random bar and La Vaquita (a cow themed night club!).  It was super fun, I definitely recommend it if you’re there.  It is very easy to just walk between the different bars/clubs and quite an experience.

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Towel animals made by the hotel staff, they left us a new one almost every day!
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Lands end at dusk with horses on the beach, and the lights of Cabo San Lucas on the right

 

So, I hope you guys have enjoyed seeing these photos from my latest adventure, please let me know what you think about them and the products I made by leaving a comment below!

Also, if you would like to know anything about Cabo San Lucas, or the hotel I stayed at or whatever, feel free to ask me and I’ll do my best to help!

Cheers,

 

Julie

New Mexico Bull Skull

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Wow, can you guys believe it’s already November??  It’s almost time to get ready for Christmas! Haha.

Anyways, I have a new design in my shop!  I call it, New Mexico Bull Skull.

This piece is influenced by my time living in Santa Fe, New Mexico (some 10 years ago now). I have found myself reminiscing about it lately for some reason.

The background photo is one I took of the landscape just outside of Santa Fe, in a wild place I used to go with my friends “romping” (aka off-roading).  The dirt road takes you all the way to the Rio Grande river!

The bull skull itself is a common symbol of the Southwest and is a feature of several of Georgia O’Keefe’s paintings (she lived in Abiquiu, New Mexico, which is where she made most of her famous artwork.)

New Mexico is a very cool and magical place, if you ever have the chance to go there I recommend checking it out!

Here is how this design turned out on some of the products in my Society6 and Redbubble stores!

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New Mexico Bull Skull Contrast Tank Top

new mexico southwest bull skull design comforter home decorNew Mexico Bull Skull Comforter

new mexico bull skull southwestern home decor tapestryNew Mexico Bull Skull Wall Tapestry

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New Mexico Bull Skull Sticker

new mexico southwestern bull skull throw pillowNew Mexico Bull Skull Throw Pillow

What do you guys think of this design? Feel free to let me know in the comments section below.

And be sure to follow my blog to see more of my designs and art related posts in the future!

Have a great week everyone.

Cheers,

Julie

Travel Pics – Los Cabos, Mexico

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Sometimes I need to take a break from my day job, and my night job (which includes creating art, blogging, posting to social media, cooking, cleaning, working out, taking care of my Kitty, etc etc) in order to relax and recharge my batteries — while also gathering inspiration for new designs!

So, my boyfriend and I decided to take a little trip down to Los Cabos, Mexico, (which is only about a 4 hour flight from Vancouver) and we spent a fun and relaxing 7 days in the area.

Here are some of the highlights from our trip!

This was the view from our hotel room (which included a hot tub on the balcony!) at Royal Solaris Los Cabos Resort and Spa, located in San Jose Del Cabo:

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Royal Solaris Los Cabos

While the resort was all-inclusive we still wanted to get out for a few days to explore the area.  We wound up renting a car and checking out a few spots including Santa Maria Bay (where we did some snorkeling) and the city of Cabo San Lucas.

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Playa Santa Maria 
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The famous Arch in Cabo San Lucas.
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Some delicious ceviche we had in the Cabo San Lucas marina.
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Yours truly, posing next to a big cactus in San Jose del Cabo!

Besides that we spent most of our days relaxing by the adult pool being served delicious drinks all day long by our attentive waiter Alfredo, and dipping our toes in the ocean here and there (the undertow is too strong there to do much ocean swimming).

Oh and check out all of the awesome loot we got!  As you can see I like tequila, hot sauce, sugar skulls and flip flops 😮

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Souvenirs!

Now it’s back to work, creating new designs and working off all those extra calories!

Let me know if you have any questions about my trip, or about visiting Los Cabos, as I would be happy to try and help!

Cheers,

 

Julie

 

J’aime Paris

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This is another photo print I’ve made from my recent trip to Paris.  It is the Eiffel Tower behind a couple of tree branches, rendered in black and white with the words “J’aime Paris” over top.

I feel like it’s hard to take a bad photo of the Eiffel tower, or of any place in Paris really!

And yes — I was there during the recent attacks which was pretty scary.  Check out my previous post for more details about that if you want to know more about  my experience.

Before all that happened it was a pretty amazing trip!

This print looks nice on several of the products in my Society6 and Zazzle stores.  They could make lovely gifts for anyone who loves Paris!  I will likely be ordering a few myself 😉

J'aime Paris Luggage Tag
J’aime Paris Luggage Tag by JulieErinDesigns
Browse more Paris Luggage Tags at Zazzle

eiffel tower j'aime paris tote bag J’aime Paris Tote Bag $22

j'aime paris framed art print black eiffel tower J’aime Paris Framed Art Print $42

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my latest print!  Make sure you follow along with my blog to see more of my projects and products for sale.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Cheers,

Julie

My Bittersweet Paris Trip and Eiffel Tower Prints

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Well I never expected my trip to Paris would end in such a terrible way. I had an amazing time up until about 10 pm Paris time on Friday, November 13th when the terrorist attacks began.

The only way I can describe it as was very confusing and scary.  We were actually at a bar very close to where some of the attacks occurred, watching the soccer game, and had to leave via an emergency exit in order to return to our rented apartment.

We made it out of the city around 5 am that morning to catch our scheduled flight home and luckily made it through the enormous security line at the Charles de Gaulle airport.

I feel very lucky to have made it home safely and feel terrible for all those who didn’t 😦

Since I wasn’t able to sleep well after I got home due to the time change, I worked on creating some prints from my photographs of the Eiffel tower.  I have a ton more photos to share but they will have to wait until later.

This is one of a few different versions I have made: It is a black and white night time photograph of the Eiffel tower with the words “J’aime Paris” layered over top.

It is available as a print and more in my Society6 store currently. These could make great gifts for anyone who loves Paris!

eiffel tower paris france throw pillowJ’aime Paris Throw Pillow $20

j'aime paris france eiffel tower iphone caseJ’aime Paris Iphone or Samsung Case $35

j'aime paris france eiffel tower framed art printJ’aime Paris Framed Art Print $42

j'aime paris france eiffel tower wall clockJ’aime Paris Wall Clock $30

There are plenty more products in my shop bearing this image so check them all out!

I hope you’ve all had a safe weekend.

Cheers,

Julie

West Coast Road Trip

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Oregon Coast

This post is a little different from my usual art & design related content but since I went on this epic roadtrip with my boyfriend last week I thought I’d share with you some of my photographs and experiences!

Starting off in Vancouver, Canada we drove down highway 101 along the coasts of Washington, Oregon and Northern California, spent some time in San Francisco and ended up in Santa Cruz. After that we headed up the I-5 back home.

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Oregon Coast rock formations

The first night we wound up staying in a little boutique hotel in Astoria, a small town on the very northern point of Oregon.  After that we drove down the Oregon coast and took in all the beautiful coast lines, stopping for a bit on the windy, soft sand beaches.

That night we found a great campsite near the Oregon Sand dunes.  The dunes were huge and awesome, it made me feel a little like I was in Egypt or something!

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Oregon Sand Dunes

The next day we realized we had to book it to San Francisco in order to check into our hotel room on time.  It was a long drive but there were lots of lovely views, winding roads, and we even managed a stop to drive through a giant redwood tree!

In retrospect, next time I would add an extra day to the drive down so we could stop and relax a little more.

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Drive-thru Tree

Finally made it to San Francisco!

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Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

We did a 1 hour boat cruise of the Bay and it was totally worth it for the stunning views and great photos.

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Alcatraz

And of course we had to wander around Fisherman’s Wharf and eat some chowder out of a sourdough bread bowl while watching the sea lions on the Pier.

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View from Pier 39 and Sea Lions

We pretty much did all the major touristy stuff there is to do in San Francisco.  Golden Gate Park, shopping in Union Square, then a trip through Chinatown which is a great place to get cheap souvenirs by the way.

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Chinatown, San Francisco
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Coit Tower, San Francisco
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Palace of Fine Arts at night

After spending a couple of days in San Francisco we headed on down to Santa Cruz for a fun and relaxing beach day (and night) which also included a crazy ride on an old and rickety roller coaster!

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Santa Cruz beach boardwalk

The next day we headed back towards Vancouver on the I-5 and made some major mileage. Once we hit southern Oregon we found this adorable campsite by a lake near Ashland.

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Campground near Ashland, Oregon

The final day of driving was marked by crazy forest fire smoke hazing the sky and landscape all the way from southern Oregon to northern Washington State.  It was pretty eye-opening in regards to the drought and major wildfire issues the region is currently facing, which is only getting worse each year.

Anyway I hope you guys have enjoyed checking out my West Coast road trip photos.  I plan to work on some new designs over the next few weeks so stay tuned for that!

Cheers,

Julie