Take me down to Paradise City

The Californian beach town of Santa Monica is a haven of healthy living and good intentions, writes Mary Kate O Flanagan.

27th January, 2013
The iconic Santa Monica Pier: pretty during the day and pyrotechnically beautiful at night.

The need for sunshine is always a good reason to get off our island and experience another part of the world. But there are also compelling metaphysical reasons to leave home once in a while. Living in Ireland today requires a great deal of mental energy to combat the discouragement, even despair, that abounds.

Where better to go for a temporary reprieve than California, the sunniest state of the most optimistic nation on Earth? On...

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