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Elena Bulatova Fine Art Palm Springs

Rachel and I were stopped in our tracks at the sight of two Transformer-like larger-than-life statues outside of Elena Bulatova Fine Art Palm Springs. That, and the gorgeous man who was standing next to them. Beyond the spectacle, we could see neon pops of color with these giant lollipop sculptures. Pop art in Palm Springs? Count us in. We took one look at each other and headed inside. I used to be intimidated by art galleries. I thought the people who worked there would sneer at my broke-ass self entering their domain, unable to buy anything. But I’ve gotten over it,…


Another favorite spot I take friends is Torrey Pines Natural Reserve. After patiently waiting for a free parking spot to open up along the popular beach, we ascend the winding road up the mountain, then meander around trails that overlook the ocean. But the best part for both my guests and for me? The descent to Torrey Pines Beach, where we pick up rocks, test the chilly waters, and take selfies.

When a friend from middle school told me he was planning a trip to San Diego just before Christmas — and that he’d never been here before — I tried to see my city from an outsider’s perspective. What would make the biggest splash? It was more happenstance than planning that made us end up at the harbor at sunset (just after he landed! Kismet!). I couldn’t have asked for a better introduction to give him to my fair city.