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 →

Plumas-Eureka Camping

Our Labor Day camping trip this year was at an old gold mining site in the Plumas National Forest.  There are still lots of old cabins and shacks standing shuttered and ghostly in the forest around our campsite.  Whenever I think of the gold rush the song My Darling Clementine comes to mind.  It's a... 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 Oakland's Fairyland! More places:  Berkeley Adventure Playground   Oakland Zoo Jean Sweeney Open Space Park - awesome new... Continue Reading →

Summer Mood

It's September and school has officially started and I'm about to go back to work at the end of the month, yet these warm sunny days that have finally come to the Bay are fooling me into thinking that summer is still here... Here are a few snapshots of those slow summer days already past.

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