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Caption This Camel Photo and Win $100 Amazon Gift Card!

Here’s one more caption contest to close out 2013.

Whoever writes the best caption for the camel picture above  in the Disqus comments below this post will win a $100 Amazon gift card.

The contest starts now and ends at 12:01 am on January 1st PST.  See the rules below for details.

Good luck! I look forward to reading your entries!

Here’s how you enter: post a caption for the photo in the comment section below, limit one entry per person. In order to participate you must be 18 years of age or older as of the date the Contest and must be a fan of My Life’s A Trip Facebook page or share the contest link via Twitter using the #MLATCaptionContest hashtag. Contest Ends at 12:01 am on January 1st, 2014 PST.

By entering the My Life’s A Trip Caption Contest, you agree that you have read the Contest rules and consent to the terms and conditions contained therein.

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Marrakech, Morocco’s Red City: a Photo Set

Believe in Van Gogh Still lifeHenna Painting on Jemaa El FnaBelly Dancer at Dar MarjanaCarpet Vendor MarrakechArches at the Royal MansourSexy Spa at the Selman PalaceSpice Market Marrakech Casual Dining at the Royal MansourLanterns at Maison ArabeTea glasses and rosesSeating area still life Stained Glass Still LifeBarber in the MedinaSnake Handler hanging above a tableArabian Horse at the Selman Palace Hotel

Marrakech, Morocco is one of those places that travelers usually love or hate. I am happy to say, I fall firmly into the former camp.

I’ve been enchanted with the place since my first visit in 2000. I love Moroccan mint tea, served in beautiful glasses. I buy them as souvenirs and use them for wine at home. The light is so beautiful and warm, reflecting off the colored walls of the medina I love shooting there.

Nicknamed “The Red City” because of the hue of the walls of the city’s ancient medina, I thought this photo set was a fun representation of some of what I love about Marrakech– from portraits of locals to a woman henna painting the arms of a tourist on Jemaa El Fna, the city’s most famous square.

All of the images in this post were shot on my iPhone 5s using the Oggl app by Hipstamatic.

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Check out My HipStop #Marrakech Piece in the Winter issue of Snap Magazine


Chuck Arlund shot the gorgeous cover of Snap’s Color issue

Check out my HipStop Marrakech piece in the Winter issue of Snap Magazine. Snap magazine is a digital lifestyle publication focusing on Music, Fashion, Art, Travel and Food, all shot through the eyes of Hipstamatic users. I had so much fun shooting this piece for the #color themed issue. What’s even cooler is Snap lets you know what Hipstamatic film and lens combos were used to get the gorgeous images in the magazine.

You can read my HipStop Marrakech article online here (it runs from pages 34-40).

If you have an iPhone or iPad, Snap magazine is free and you can download it for iOS devices here:

Left: The courtyard Pool at Riad Farnatchi Right: Belly Dancing at Dar Marjana

All the images in this piece were shot using the Oggl app by Hipstamatic. The Oggl app is now available for the Windows phone here.

You can find & follow me on Oggl as @lax2nrt.

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Where To Eat in Paris: Brasserie Lipp

Rainy day at Brasserie Lipp

My favorite Parisian brasserie focuses on Alsatian cuisine and serves a healthy dose of attitude, which is something I usually despise.

Brasserie Lipp is located in the 6th arrondissement, close to the Abbey of Saint-Germain-Des-Prés. It’s practically across the street from some of the most famous cafés in Paris– Cafe de Flore (which was undergoing renovations during my recent visit) and the literary and artistic centric Les Deux Magots. But it’s Brasserie Lipp that I return to time and again. You’ll find it on several lists for the best brasseries in Paris, but it’s not for everyone… or the easily offended.

The 1920s deco atmosphere feels straight out of a time warp (or at least Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds), with snobbery that is so in-your-face I have to stifle a giggle. As soon as you enter you see a sign stating that shorts are not allowed. You can be a tourist and eat here, but you sure can’t dress like one. Once my waiter went all TMZ on me and blocked my shot with his hand when I attempted to photograph my frisée salad. For some reason, I didn’t find this annoying. At Brasserie Lipp, it’s indeed part of the charm. Plus the food is so delicious.

Left: The Frisee salad is delicious Right: My waiter went all TMZ when I attempted to photograph my food

The crowd at Brasserie Lipp is a good one if you like people watching– a mix of wealthy Real Housewives of Paris, older men rocking professorial sweaters with leather elbow patches and some assorted foreigners. I once sat next to an American rock star here who spoke French and noticed he got just as much attitude as I did (but ordered the steak tartare).

What to order: steak tartare, steak frites, ham with lentils, frisee salad, with lardons, Dover sole. If you’re craving something sweet, I’ve heard the baba au rhum is good, but I’ve never eaten dessert here because it’s so close to Ladurée and I’m always going to prefer macarons.

This ain’t California– no salad as meal at Brasserie Lipp

Brasserie Lipp Paris

151 Boulevard Saint-Germain,
75006 Paris, France
+33 1 45 48 53 91

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Food stalls of Marrakech: A Photo Essay

The Baker

Marrakech’s biggest square, Jemaa el Fna, turns into a giant food court after dark. You can buy everything from dried figs to grilled meat on a stick. The smell is exotic and alluring, and, the vendors are a friendly bunch.

Left: The dried fruit vendor Right: Figs galore

One of my favorite things about wandering around Jemaa el Fna is how it’s a spot that is frequented by both locals and tourists. You can eat what the locals eat here, and cheaply. And if you grab a seat at the grilled meat stand, you’ll likely find a dining camaraderie not unlike that of a sushi bar.

The Spice shop, complete with a painting of a spice shop

It’s always amazing to me that the basics, like eating, tend bring out similarities among cultures. I have yet to find a culture that doesn’t appreciate good food, and Morocco has a lot of good food. For those with sensitive stomachs, you don’t have to eat any of the street food to enjoy how much it represents a culture. Most of the vendors did not mind me snapping a photo after hanging out and watching them for a few minutes.

Left: The daily special Right: Citrus drive-by

All these images were shot on my iPhone 5s using the Hipstamatic Oggl app. If you use Oggl, you can find & follow me @lax2nrt.

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