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Cirque Du Soleil’s Totem at the Santa Monica Pier


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What: Cirque Du Soleil – Totem

When: January 17, 2014 thru March 16, 2014

Where: Santa Monica Pier

Tickets: Adults starting at $55

Parking: Santa Monica Civic Center

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Photo Credit: Cirque Du Soleil

What an amazing night!

If you’re in the Santa Monica area and you have a hankering for something vivid, creative, and bold, I highly recommend checking out Cirque Du Soleil’s Totem.

As you descend on the Santa Monica Pier, the yellow and blue swirls of the big top greet you with a palpable energy.  It’s most definitely showtime!

The whole experience is unusual, vibrant, fresh, electric, and whimsical.

Totem is described as “a fascinating journey into the evolution of mankind.”

The team behind the production absolutely nailed everything from costumes, makeup, choreography, humor, and astonishing acrobatic skill.  I’ve seen two other Cirque shows, Ovo and Corteo, which were intriguing in their own right.  Totem, however, seem to have more emphasis on lighting and had some standout visual moments.  The tent falls dark and a single performer slowly drops from the ceiling encased in a wildly shimmering sparkling silver mirrored bodysuit.  Blue and white toned beams of light crisscross the performer and rays of gorgeousness bounce off of them and glitter across the crowned.  Honestly, it was stunning.

Cirque definitely has it’s own sense of humor and they take their creative freedom very seriously.  Sometimes you just have to go with it, but find yourself smirking trying to figure out how all the scenes fit together.  A Native American couple emerge on a canoe and disembark in white clingy costumes covered in silver sparkles and white and cream feathers.  They glide their way into the spotlight on roller-skates and proceed to have the most sensual roller-skate performance elevated on a circular platform.  Can I say I was embarrassed at times… let’s just say they never broke character and well and truly enjoyed each other while twisting, turning, flinging, caressing their way through their routine.  Did I mention they were Native Americans on roller-skates…?

During intermission you were greeted by fisherman in yellow slickers hoisting up their catch of the day. As people made their way by, you soon discovered that you could pull off individual marshmallows dipped in chocolate from their fishing line.  Odd, unexpected, delicious, and memorable… only at Cirque!

Photo Credit: Cirque Du Soleil

Photo Credit: Cirque Du Soleil

Preview the show here!

Have you seen the show?  Are you tempted to get tickets?  You’ll definitely be in store for a memorable night under the big top!

Meghan Sig

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Catalina Island: Crown Jewel of the Channel Islands


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Check out my latest piece, Catalina Island: Crown Jewel of the Channel Islands, published by Dave’s Travel Corner!

Ever visited the Channel Islands set conveniently off of Southern California?  Then you may already be in-the-know.  With a blended ambience of old hollywood meets quaint small town, Catalina is hands down the crown jewel of this historic archipelago.  Click here to read more!

Photo Credit: Catalina Express

Photo Credit: Catalina Express

Dave’s Travel Corner focuses on experiential travel. Readers are actively interested in a wide range of travel topics across a variety of budgets. International and domestic contributors cover every conceivable culture focusing on a wide variety of content. Does flying to the end of the world in the Caribbean, discovering Charles Dickens’ unfinished dream in Europe, or tips for Being in Kuala Lumpur catch your eye? Then you’ve got to check out Dave’s collection of travel content!

In the comment section below, be sure to tell me what your favorite activity is on Catalina or what you’d like to check out if you haven’t been before!

Take a peek at more content from my adventure:

Click here to watch: “Press Trip on Catalina Island!”

Click here to watch “Meet My Assistant & Prepping for Press Trip”

Click here to watch more from my Day Trip Travel Series Playlist.

Click here to watch and here to read another piece published on Dave’s Travel Channel: “Cosimo Cavallaro’s Jelly Beans – Art Exhibit” 

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend,

Meghan Sig

#TRAVEX Travel Tweet-up: Winter Travel Destinations


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Join Travel Squire, myself, & fellow co-hosts for tomorrow’s (11/6) travel tweet-up #TRAVEX at 6:30am or 2pm PST via Twitter!

Topic: Winter Travel Destinations ✈❄🎿

See you then!

Meghan Sig

Welcome To My Travel Channel!


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In my pursuit to explore all things travel, I’ve delved into another platform… the world of YouTube!

As I gain more experience and crack the code of iMovie and HD cameras I will be uploading videos regularly, in addition to my blog posts. My video content will be a mix of first hand footage and photos of my experiences. You can expect themes like: Beauty & Fashion Tips, Product & Service Reviews, Day Trip Suggestions, & Event Coverage.

I’m even toying with a second channel, Candid Moments, which will offer a more behind the scenes, impromptu, day-in-the-life vlog style content. More on this later…

Please subscribe so you don’t miss the latest travel content on Meghan’s Guilty Pleasures Travel Blog. Join the conversation and join the community – new videos weekly!

In the comment section below, leave me your YouTube channel info and I’ll be sure to check it out.

Thanks guys,

Meghan Sig

 

#JSETT Travel Tweet Up: Huston Scavenger Hunt


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Join Jetset Extra, CityPass, and I for today’s (10/17) travel tweet-up #JSETT at 10:30 am PST via Twitter!

Topic: Huston Scavenger Hunt

See you there!

#JSETT Travel Tweet Up: Seattle


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Join Jetset Extra, CityPass, and I for today’s (10/3) travel tweet-up #JSETT at 10:30 am PST via Twitter!

Topic: Seattle

See you there!

Aquarium of the Pacific | Day Trip Travel Series


Photo Credit: Meghan Sexton

Photo Credit: Meghan Sexton

What: Aquarium of the Pacific

When: Fall 2013

Where: Long Beach, California

The buzz and chatter of the curious public greeted me as I entered the main lobby of the Aquarium of the Pacific. The Saturday swell of kids, volunteers, couples, and the like cued up to ohh and ahh over the marine life.

I think when you’re a local, you somehow tend to not take in what’s around you. For ages I’ve heard about the Aquarium of the Pacific, but have never managed to actually take an afternoon to explore what it has to offer.

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