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    Georgia O’Keefe Land: A Place that Allows You to Feel Strong

    Saturday, November 22, 2014

    GRATITUDE: A Place that Allows You to Feel Strong, Hopeful and Free.  Georgia O’Keeffe Land My fifty-fifth birthday, was full of gratitude: in a place that allowed me to feel strong, hopeful and free. It was a girls four day trip planned to Georgia O’Keeffe land. I was excited, had been smitten, and awe struck […]

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    USA Today: Rodeo Drive Shopping in Beverly Hills

    Saturday, November 22, 2014

    Thank you to USA Today 10best for sharing my article about Shopping on Rodeo Drive! Style and Los Angeles go hand in hand. One must-visit shopping spot here is the three blocks of Rodeo Drive, one of the most famous shopping streets in the world. Located in Beverly Hills, this section you are seeking is between […]

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    Napa Valley Grille: 3 P’s of Thanksgiving!

    Friday, November 21, 2014

    Napa Valley Grille in Westwood is ready to assist you for Thanksgiving! Just remember the 3 Ps: Pre-order, Pick up & Pretend!  Seriously the food is delicious and everything is homemade from the exquisite sourdough bread to the olive tapanade. Don’t miss out on simply grilled fish like a whole branzino and Prime London Sirloin […]

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    Wharton Business Magazine: Brandish My Gaming Badges

    Friday, November 21, 2014

    Wharton Business Magazine: “One standout performance was by contributor Lisa Ellen Niver C89, whose latest blog tweet reached 4.1 million people.” (From Editor-in-Chief, Matthew Brodsky) How Empire Avenue Taught Me to Brandish My Gaming Badges For most of my life, I have not considered myself into games. I was never good at Pong, and was there […]

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    A Camel Named Sky in Austria

    Thursday, November 20, 2014

    My life changed the night I met a camel named Sky. We met as I led him from the trailer in which he crossed the German border, under an Austrian winter darkness blank to heat and shattered with stars. I arrived at the camel farm, in the miniscule town of Eintental, Austria, around midnight. Gerda, […]

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    USA Today: The Nest at WP24 @TheRitzCarlton

    Thursday, November 20, 2014

    The Nest at WP24: Food for the Gods at The Ritz-Carlton Discover tantalizing treats with one of the best views in Los Angeles By Lisa Niver Los Angeles Local ExpertOCTOBER 28, 2014 SAVE TO MY LISTS+ In Los Angeles, your dining choices are as varied as the stars in the sky. Choose to spend your evening […]

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    In the Footsteps of the Argyll in Malaysia

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

    I never knew Great Uncle Ron.  He was killed in Malaya (as it then was) in 1941, serving with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.  But the very mention of his name to any of the older members of the family would elicit the same response.  Verbatim.  “You would have loved, Ron.”  He had suffered from […]

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    Leaving the Comfort Behind in Thailand

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

    Leaving the Comfort Behind in Thailand My Thai taxi driver and I zoomed down the highway from the airport at record breaking speeds. Passing through tollbooths so fast that if you blinked, you’d miss the exchange of money. There wasn’t much to see out the window, so I attempted a conversation with the driver. He […]

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    USA Today: Finding Peace in Parks Is Possible in Los Angeles

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

    USA Today: Finding Peace in Parks Is Possible in Los Angeles PARKS 10. San Vicente Peak Photo courtesy of Mike Hume PARKS 9. Clover Park Photo courtesy of samolive.com PARKS 8. Lake Balboa Photo courtesy of chiquibaylon.net PARKS 7. Holmby Park Photo courtesy of Lisa Ellen Niver PARKS 6. Will Rogers State Historic Park Photo […]

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    Cemented Cultures in Sarajevo, Bosnia

    Monday, November 17, 2014

    I arrive in Sarajevo knowing practically nothing about it. Tired and disorientated, my friend and I joke that it must be a decent place to visit since Bosnia and Herzegovina has competed in the Eurovision. Disembarking the rickety train from Serbia, we have no map, but the name and reservation number of a hostel. Amna, […]

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Nov
22

Georgia O’Keefe Land: A Place that Allows You to Feel Strong

GRATITUDE: A Place that Allows You to Feel Strong, Hopeful and Free.  Georgia O’Keeffe Land My fifty-fifth birthday, was full of gratitude: in a place that allowed me to feel strong, hopeful and free. It was a girls four day trip planned to Georgia O’Keeffe land. I was excited, had been smitten, and awe struck […]

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Nov
20

A Camel Named Sky in Austria

My life changed the night I met a camel named Sky. We met as I led him from the trailer in which he crossed the German border, under an Austrian winter darkness blank to heat and shattered with stars. I arrived at the camel farm, in the miniscule town of Eintental, Austria, around midnight. Gerda, […]

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Nov
19

In the Footsteps of the Argyll in Malaysia

I never knew Great Uncle Ron.  He was killed in Malaya (as it then was) in 1941, serving with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.  But the very mention of his name to any of the older members of the family would elicit the same response.  Verbatim.  “You would have loved, Ron.”  He had suffered from […]

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Nov
18

Leaving the Comfort Behind in Thailand

Leaving the Comfort Behind in Thailand My Thai taxi driver and I zoomed down the highway from the airport at record breaking speeds. Passing through tollbooths so fast that if you blinked, you’d miss the exchange of money. There wasn’t much to see out the window, so I attempted a conversation with the driver. He […]

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Nov
17

Cemented Cultures in Sarajevo, Bosnia

I arrive in Sarajevo knowing practically nothing about it. Tired and disorientated, my friend and I joke that it must be a decent place to visit since Bosnia and Herzegovina has competed in the Eurovision. Disembarking the rickety train from Serbia, we have no map, but the name and reservation number of a hostel. Amna, […]

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Nov
16

Injasuthi – Hair of the Dog, South Africa

Injasuthi – Hair of the Dog The wild little dog snarled and nipped at my heels as I manhandled the two-man croc into the water. Overhead the clouds growled like a large, plaintive stomach as the Injasuthi river snatched up the rafts like small, yellow treats. The well fed dog, or rather the Injasuthi, winds […]

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They Said

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Nov
4

BABC hosts British Ambassador, Sir Peter Westmacott

@beverlywilshire with British American business council to meet the ambassador! A photo posted by Lisa Niver (@wesaidgotravel) on Oct 10, 2014 at 8:03am PDT VIDEO: BABC hosts British Ambassador, Sir Peter Westmacott  At British American business council breakfast with Sir Peter Westmacott, Ambassador and Treasurer Michael Krycler @BeverlyWilshire A photo posted by Lisa Niver (@wesaidgotravel) on Oct 10, […]

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Nov
3

Los Angeles to Bermuda: Day One #RBQuests

Los Angeles to Bermuda: Day One #RBQuests November 2, 2014 Thank you to Richard Bangs, Didrik Johnck and Orbitz for inviting me on this adventure in Bermuda! See our videos from Puerto Rico.       Leaving Los Angeles For #Bermuda! #RBQuests begins again A photo posted by Lisa Niver (@wesaidgotravel) on Nov 11, 2014 at 8:18pm […]

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Nov
2

Discover the Delicious Treats at L’Amande Bakery

Vive la Différence! L’Amande French Bakery Serves Up Handmade French Pastries, Breads, Sandwiches and Salads Daily BEVERLY HILLS AND TORRANCE, CA—A total of 72 hours. That’s how long each and every L’Amande French Bakery croissant takes to be meticulously handmade in-house from scratch and from the simplest ingredients: flour, butter and salt. L’Amande’s very own laminating […]

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Nov
1

Wondering About Paris? 30 Travel Experts Share their Secrets

Thank you to Greg and Megan for including me in their article, 30 Travel Experts Reveal One Day in Paris Itinerary. I am honored to be part of this group: How These Travel Bloggers Would Spend One Day In Paris! Click here to read the article to see all 30 answers! -Lisa @ We Said Go […]

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We Said

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Oct
24

The Father of Adventure Travel: Richard Bangs

Richard Bangs is a judge for the We Said Go Travel Gratitude Writing Contest. Share your story in our sixth international contest. Enter now until Thanksgiving. This story about him is from Outside Magazine. Sponsored by Tudor. The Father of Adventure Travel: Richard Bangs For more than 40 years, no one has done more to shine […]

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Oct
23

Living Beyond Breast Cancer: “We Can Survive” Concert Oct 24

STAR-STUDDED “WE CAN SURVIVE” CONCERT AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL TO BENEFIT LIVING BEYOND BREAST CANCER OCTOBER 24. 2014 #WCS Taylor Swift, Pharrell Williams, Iggy Azalea, Alicia Keys, Sia, Paramore and Lady Antebellum and Gwen Stefani to Headline   Join me at the We Can Survive Concert presented by 5-hour ENERGY and CBS Radio benefiting Living Beyond Breast Cancer […]

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Oct
21

Alma Del Barrio: First Annual Salsa Fest this Sunday

Life is better when you dance, so come dance SUNDAY OCTOBER 26, 2014 @ The Lawton Plaza, adjacent to LMU Library with four top LA Bands: Jose “Perico” Hernandez y Son de la Tierra Cal State LA Afro-Latin Ensemble The Echo Park Project Son Mayor FREE Lesson 11:20-11:50am with 8x world champion Cristian Oviedo You […]

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Oct
18

USA Today: 10Best Spas in Los Angeles: Part 3

Hidden Gems and High End Treatments: The 10Best of Los Angeles Spas by Lisa Niver Many times in the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, Stars need a place relax and hide-away. Whether you are a famous celebrity or just want to be treated like a VIP, here are 10 of the best places to […]

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