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It’s no secret that the best sunset views of Oia are at the Oia castle, and if there was any photo that has to be taken in Greece it’s this one! Don’t you agree?

Things to do in Santorini: Enjoy the view from the Castle at Oia Village.

Pictures of Santorini Greece.
Pictures of Santorini Greece.

In fact, we went to scope out our special spot in the morning, and later ended up camping out for 5 hours just to keep it. We were huddled in a corner of a castle ruin camping out with the rest of Asia. Not that I have anything against my peeps, but I was appalled. Did every Asian newsletter mention this castle? I forgot to mention that I’m really uncomfortable in overcrowded situations to the point that I think I actually might have claustrophobia. I just tried to tell myself to stay focused on the photos, because they will be worth every discomfort. :)

Things to do in Santorini Greece - Visit the Oia Castle.

Oia Castle in Oia Santorini Greece.

Greece Oia.
Oia Santorini Port.

Santorini Pictures from Oia Castle.

What to do in Santorini Greece: See the views from the Oia Castle.

Santorini Port at Oia Santorini Greece.
Santorini Pictures  - Oia Village.

Best of Greece: Watch the Sunset in Oia Greece.

Best of Greece: Best Sunset in Greece at Oia Santorini Island.

What to do in Santorini: Photograph the Oia Windmill.
Windmill Greece Santorini Oia.

Best of Greece: Watch the Sunset in Oia Santorini.

Best Sunset in Santorini Greece.

The best sunset in Oia Santorini Greece is at Oia Castle.

The best sunset in Oia Santorini Greece is at Oia Castle.

Best Sunset in Santorini at Oia Castle.

It was all worth it. It’s a shame though that sometimes the weather does not cooperate, and right before the sky could get fiery, the clouds covered up the sun. Guess that means we’ll have to go back!

Pro Tips for Sunset Photos in Oia Santorini Greece:

  • Pick up some wine / beverage of choice and snacks and have a picnic while you wait.
  • Come at least 3 hours early to guarantee your spot for photos. It will get crowded.
  • Lenses to bring: I used a 35mm/1.4L and a 70-200mm/2.8L on a full frame camera.
  • Night time photos: I brought this tripod, tripod head, and this trigger. So far I’m really happy with my setup, though I’ve been thinking of getting wireless trigger, but I’ve also heard so many bad reviews that it doesn’t work half the time.

What is the best sunset you’ve seen?
When’s the last time you camped out for something?

xoxo estherJacob

The Old LA Zoo is a hidden gem in Los Angeles. It’s a great spot for hiking and popular for photoshoots and filming. :) There are plenty of movies filmed here including one of Jacob’s favorites, Anchorman.

Old LA Zoo Hike: Hidden Gems in Los Angeles.

Hidden Gems in Los Angeles: Abandoned Zoo LA.

While Jacob was off shooting a collab, I went on a local adventure with a friend. We decided on the Griffith Park abandoned zoo since neither of us have been. It was confusing to get to, but thanks to GPS, we made it there soon enough.

It was a lot smaller than I imagined. We could probably walk through the entire zoo in 10 minutes, but we took our time exploring every nook and cranny we could find. Enclosures are covered with graffiti and are a bit eerie especially where no light gets in. We also recently found out that the Haunted Hay Ride thought it was creepy enough that they currently use it every Halloween.

Old LA Zoo Griffith Park.
Old LA Zoo.

The Old Zoo Griffith Park.

Old LA Zoo // Hidden Gems in Los Angeles.

Abandoned Zoo Los Angeles.
Griffith Park Abandoned Zoo.

Old Los Angeles Zoo.

Old LA Zoo: Hidden Gems in Los Angeles.

Hidden Gems in Los Angeles: Old LA Zoo Hike.

Abandoned Zoo Griffith Park Los Angeles.

Old LA Zoo.

The Old Zoo Griffith Park Los Angeles.

Abandoned Zoo Griffith Park.
Griffith Park Zoo Los Angeles.

Old Zoo Griffith Park Los Angeles.

Abandoned Zoo Los Angeles.

Old Los Angeles Zoo.

Old Los Angeles Zoo.

LA Old Zoo.

Griffith Park Abandoned Zoo.

Old LA Zoo: Hidden Gems in Los Angeles.

Old LA Zoo Hike.
Old Zoo Los Angeles.

The Old Zoo Griffith Park.

Thanks Hayoung for the last photo! :) Check out her instagram & blog for more from her.

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What’s a hidden gem where you live?
What’s next on your Los Angeles bucket list?
xoxo estherJacob

While exploring Carmel earlier this month, we wanted to go kayaking in Monterey Bay, which is only a 10 minute drive away from Carmel. I was uber jealous that Jacob saw sea lions while kayaking in San Diego on a bachelor party, so I made him go again with me! It’s like when your significant other goes to see the movie without you. It’s only fair he sees it twice, right? :P

Monterey Bay Things to Do: Adventures by the Sea.

Turns out that this was a much better tour than the one in San Diego. We went with Adventures by the Sea, and we learned so much about the marine life in Monterey Bay and the California coast in general. We even got to hold a few sea slugs in our hands!

Also, if you’re anything like me and want to take photos and enjoy the view, bring along a partner to paddle for you. I made Jacob do all the hard work so that I could take all the photos. ;)

Kayaking in Monterey Bay with Adventures by the Sea.

Kayaking in Monterey Bay with Adventures by the Sea.

We found a Melibe sea slug and held the slimy creature in our hands.

Melibe Sea Slug on a Monterey Bay Kayak Tour.

Holding a Melibe while we kayak Monterey Bay.
Holding a Melibe while Kayaking Monterey Bay.

Melibe while Kayaking in Monterey Bay.

There were sea lions galore hanging out especially on the Coast Guard Pier.

Spotting California Sea Lions at Coast Guard Pier Monterey.

Spotting California Sea Lions at Coast Guard Pier Monterey.

Monterey Fish Company.
See Marine Life in Monterey Bay with Monterey Bay Kayak Rentals.

California Sea Lions at Monterey Fish Company.

Kayaking in Monterey Bay.

Monterey Bay Kayak Rentals with Adventures by the Sea.

Monterey Bay Kayak Tour.

I’ve seen some starfish in tropical places on the beach, but this is the first time I saw them in the US! There were so many of them clinging to the sides of the walls.

Purple Sea Star / Pisaster ochraceus while kayaking Monterey Bay.

Things to do in Monterey Bay CA: Adventures by the Sea.
Adventures by the Sea Monterey CA.

Do you see the purple sea urchin? It was wild.. to see them in the wild. :P

Purple Sea Urchin / Strongylocentrotus purpuratus.

Fisherman
Fisherman

Kayak Monterey Bay.

Kayaking in Monterey Bay.

Kayaking in Monterey Bay.

There were tons of sea lions, however, seals and sea otters were harder to spot.

Monterey Bay Kayaking.

Adventures by the Sea Monterey Bay Kayaks.

Seeing Coast Guard Pier on Monterey Bay Kayaks.

Adventures by the Sea Monterey Bay Kayaking.
Kayaking Monterey Bay.

Adventures by the Sea
299 Cannery Row #1
Monnterey CA 93940

831.372.1807

TIPS FOR KAYAKING IN MONTEREY BAY:

  • You don’t need any kayaking experience, they will instruct you on what to do.
  • They will give you a splash suit. Wear swim attire or quick dry clothes underneath.
  • They also provide a dry sack for your camera or any other small items you don’t want wet. A DSLR will fit in your dry sack, but we didn’t want to risk it so we just took our phones.
  • Bring your waterproof phone case and if you have underwater housing for your DSLR, even better!
  • Use a ziplock bag to have the very minimum protection for your phone / camera. We don’t recommend that it be your only form of protection.
  • Bring a change of clothes for after. They have a dressing room and a cubby where you can stash your dry clothes while you’re on your tour.
  • Don’t forget to bring cash so you can tip your tour guide.
  • You can also rent a bike to explore the rest of Monterey afterwards!
What would you be most excited to see on a kayak tour?
What are your favorite things to in a beach town?
xoxo estherJacob

Roos n More Zoo is a privately owned non-profit zoo in Las Vegas. Well, it’s an hour drive outside of Vegas, but well worth the drive if you’re visiting the city! They offer a very unique hands on experience where you can meet and greet just shy of 400 animals.

This is part two of our Roos n More visit, and you can learn more about the story of how two vets unexpectedly started a zoo from part one here.

African Caracal Cat at Roos n More Zoo Moapa NV.

African Caracals at Roos n More Zoo Moapa NV.
Caracal Pictures at Zoo near Las Vegas NV.

African Serval Cat Pictures.

African Serval Cat // Mobile Petting Zoo.
Bobcats as Pets // Exotic Petting Zoo.

The asian sea otters were a talkative bunch. They liked crawling onto your lap and sometimes into your clothes (*PRO TIP: Wear pants and clothes you don’t mind getting a little dirty).

Asian Sea Otter Images from Roos-n-More Zoo in Moapa.

Small Clawed Otter Photos.
Asian Sea Otter Images from Roos and More Zoo.

Asian Sea Otter Images from Roos n More Zoo in Las Vegas NV.

Asian Otter at Roos n More Zoo in Las Vegas.
Asian Sea Otter Images from Roos n More Zoo in Las Vegas.

Asian Sea Otter Images from Exotic Animal Petting Zoo near Las Vegas.

Camels at Roos n More Zoo in Las Vegas NV.
Camels at Roos n More Zoo in Las Vegas NV.

Camels at Roos n More Zoo in Las Vegas.

The baby monkey room was Jacob’s favorite part of our visit. They can keep different species of monkeys and lemurs together while they are young, but once they hit adulthood, they live with their own species.

Ring Tailed Lemur Pet at Roos n More Zoo in Las Vegas NV.

The Red Ruffed Lemur was the friendliest of the bunch. He was constantly jumping around asking for affection. He especially loved rubs right under his arms.

Red Ruffed Lemurs of Madagascar // Roos-n-more Zoo Las Vegas.
Red Ruffed Lemur // See Madagascar Animals at a Zoo in Las Vegas.

These guys were a little more shy, but later warmed up to us. The black spider monkey was mouthing words to me I couldn’t understand. :)

Black spider monkey pictures at a private zoo in Las Vegas NV.

Black spider monkey pictures from a private zoo in Las Vegas.
Black Spider Monkey Pictures at an exotic petting zoo.

Ring Tailed Lemurs of Madagascar at Roos n More Zoo Las Vegas.

This little ring tailed lemur wouldn’t stop giving us kisses on the mouth. So flattered he liked us that much!

Right now the zoo is closed to the public, but hopes to reopen in January 2015. Be sure to subscribe to the newsletter on their website and check their facebook for updates.

If you haven’t already, don’t forget check out our photos of kangaroos (including a super sweet albino one!), owls, porcupines, and lots of other animals we posted last week. I’m rethinking my life calling to be a vet and take care of exotic animals! :)  Is it too late for me? What do you think?

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Would you visit a zoo in Las Vegas?
What activities are on your Las Vegas bucket list?
Which animal would you be most excited to meet?

xoxo estherJacob

For the past year, I’ve been looking at a lot of different backpacks in hopes to find the perfect travel bag; something that looks good, protects our equipment, and has flexibility in usage. I first came across Ona when I borrowed a friend’s Ona Bowery bag and I really loved the simplicity of the design and quality of the material so I was excited to check out their The Camps Bay bag.

OnaBags Review // Laptop Bag Blog Review.

Laptop Bag Review // Ona Bag Review.
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OnaBags Review: Camps Bay Bag.

Ona Bags Review // Ona Camera Laptop Backpack.

Our ONA Review // The Camps Bay Backpack:

Ona focuses on camera bags, so right off the bat you know that your camera equipment is safe. The Camps Bay also has a place for your laptop, which we always have with us on the road. The perfect camera laptop bag combo is something we’re always looking for. What I love about the bag is that it’s built for camera equipment but is adjustable so that you can carry more personal stuff if needed. At full camera capacity, it fits your camera and up to 7 lenses! But if you only need a few lenses during a trip, you can adjust the personal space divider so that you can have more space for whatever else you may need.

As a bonus, we reached out to ONA and they’ve partnered with us to give our readers a limited time deal. They rarely run any promotions on their bags so be sure to take advantage of it while you can!

Go check out the Ona Camps Bay Backpack Here.
Use Discount Code: ESTHERJACOB25 for $25 off a purchase of $250+

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So far we love it for day-to-day use, and can’t wait to take it on more trips with us. It’s the perfect size for what we need to carry on weekend trips and local adventures.

What’s your favorite camera bag?
Do you have a backpack you love traveling with?

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