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 Oakland's Fairyland! More places:  Berkeley Adventure Playground   Oakland Zoo Jean Sweeney Open Space Park - awesome new... Continue Reading →

A Garden Grows in LA

Somehow it always feels like a vacation when we "escape" the fog of the Bay Area and come down to visit my parents in LA.  The sun doesn't hide around here and it's always the perfect temperature for splash pads, pools, and the beach.  All of which are on our to-do list. But the best... Continue Reading →

Kamakura and Enoshima

Two surprising things I've discovered about Japan on this trip: how big surfing culture is and that hydrangeas in the summer can draw almost as big of a crowd as cherry blossoms in the spring. As we got closer to our stop in Kamakura our train ran parallel to the beach, all I could see... Continue Reading →


Hakone was an easy hour and a half train ride from Tokyo followed by a scenic bus ride through the lush green mountains. What drew us to Hakone was the promise of a magnificent view of Mt.Fuji rising up behind a mountain lake with an iconic floating shrine. Of course the muggy Japanese summer days... Continue Reading →

Tokyo Summer Through Film

Nothing forces me to slow down more than a camera, especially an old film camera. The weight of the metal body around my neck is a constant reminder that I'm a collector of images. Anything that catches my eye, moving me with its beauty or making me smile with its absurdity gets to be frozen... Continue Reading →


While my husband was busy at a conference, Ellie and I decided to spend the day at DisneySea.  It was probably the most exquisite theme park I've ever been to.  I already know that Disney is famous for its attention to detail but DisneySea really blew me away with it.  Ellie's favorite part of the... Continue Reading →

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