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Palm Springs Goes Hollywood A Second Time Around

I'm just back from Palm Springs which now bills itself as the "It" spot for young Hollywood especially at the Colony Palms and the Riviera Resort & Spa. Both hotels, just a few blocks away from each other, cater big time to the young and restless. The Palms is slightly tamer while the Riviera bursts with wacky, chic decor and high energy. We joined the crowd and partied hardy.

Palm Springs provides the perfect quick get-away for us Angelenos. It only takes about two hours by car to escape to this desert hot spot drenched with Hollywood mystic, hip new clubs and restaurants, shops and hotels of all styles, shapes and sizes.

The Tinsel Town connection goes back to the heyday of Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack and old time movie greats who frequented the area to hideaway, drink, party and even gamble (albeit illegally then, it’s legit now) in secreted spots.

The divaonthego’s Palm Springs fling started at the Colony Palms—a recently restored historic structure steeped in a rather…

Souks and the City

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Linda Covello takes a camel ride

Photography by Linda Covello (www.lindacovellophotography.com)

I've been to Marrakech a few times--most via cruise ships. While Octogone Terre was not in my intinerary I did bed down in ultra-posh, wildly opulent La Momunia--Sir Winston Churchills favorite vacation haunt. I also did the obligatory souck excursions and soaked up the atmosphere as did globetrotting photographer Linda Covello--one of New York's finest in the field--who provided her take and fotos from her most recent trip. First read the press release, then Linda's recap. Interesting.
We both agree it's mysterious, bustling, crowded, claustrophobic, dusty with incongrously posh, with incongrously posh, swank hotels and resorts just far enough from the fray providing decadent delights fit for royalty.
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Marrakech, Morocco (November 11, 2008) -- Octogone TERRE Resort & Spa in the stunning Pa…