One Fine Spring Day

We are blessed with a decent rain season this year and we've been equally enjoying the new grass carpeting all our hills and the amazing powder at Tahoe (pre-quarantine). Spring Festival

A Merry Little Christmas

For Christmas last year, we kept it quiet and low-key as we were planning a special Christmas RV roadtrip to Southern California with my parents.  Still, we enjoyed putting up simple decorations, going to the city to see art and lights, and best of all, our very first Nutcracker performance. SFMOMA   SF Ballet

White Yosemite

The corona virus has brought a new normal to our lives and given me the gift of time to brush off the blog I've neglected for six months or more. Let's begin with memories of a happier time last year, when after a whirlwind few months of starting a new job and traveling, we took... Continue Reading →

Thanksgiving

I woke up to a strangely quiet house today as my husband and daughter are away visiting the grandparents.  I took my time cleaning Ellie's room and what began as a chore turned into an exercise of gratitude.  Seeing her presence in everything I pick up, her old toys that she once loved, her pajamas... Continue Reading →

Montmartre

Montmartre was a haven of struggling artists back in the day.  Monet, Picasso, Van Gogh...all have lived, worked, or socialized here--at Le Consulat or La Maison Rose--some point in time.  However, thanks to the fame of Amelie, Montmartre is also extremely popular with the tourists today.  Our hotel was right next to the Moulin Rouge,... Continue Reading →

Bonjour Paris!

It's been 10 years since I was last in Paris and the city was even more beautiful than I remembered.  Walking all day among gorgeous Haussmannian architecture, lavishly landscaped gardens, through museum after museum, across bridge after bridge, my senses were bombarded with beauty.  I loved wandering around the city, seeing how each arrondissement had... Continue Reading →

Top 15 Things to Do With Kids in the Bay Area

  All things that go! Riding the ferry Riding the cable cars Riding BART Riding the Tilden Steam Train   Museums!  Chabot Science Center - Planetarium movies are the best! Habitots Bay Area Discovery Museum Children's Creativity Museum Outdoors spaces! Oakland Zoo Berkeley Adventure Playground Jean Sweeney Open Space Park - awesome new playground! Alameda... Continue Reading →

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