A Long Weekend in California Wine Country: Getting a Taste for Napa and Sonoma Wines (Part 1)

“I should like to spend the whole of my life traveling abroad, if I could anywhere borrow another life to spend afterwards at home.” William Hazlitt There seems to exist a syndrome among international travelers and expats. They’ve visited the world’s most far-flung destinations, but haven’t seen much of what their home countries have toContinue reading “A Long Weekend in California Wine Country: Getting a Taste for Napa and Sonoma Wines (Part 1)”

Photo du Jour: Saved by a Superhero in San Francisco

During a recent jaunt to San Francisco, we were attempting to cross the street when a hurried driver came rushing into the crosswalk. In a scene out of a comic book, our hero stopped traffic — much to the chagrin of the motorist. :)

Azure Skies, Emerald Firs and Sparkling Lake Tahoe: A Second Anniversary Celebration

In 2010, I was twice married — to the same groom. As if describing two seasonal palaces, my husband and I like to playfully refer to our two marriages as the ‘summer wedding’ and the ‘winter wedding’.  Whereas some spouses have a difficult time remembering one wedding anniversary, we aspire to remember the date weContinue reading “Azure Skies, Emerald Firs and Sparkling Lake Tahoe: A Second Anniversary Celebration”

Photo du Jour: A Solar Corona and Las Vegas’ Eiffel Tower

Ce qui se passe à Vegas, reste à Vegas… Or perhaps, for French readers out there, Une indiscretion à Vegas reste un secret à Vegas. :) During our visit to ‘Sin City’ while criss-crossing the continent earlier this summer, the Eiffel Tower – the symbol of the Old World ‘City of Lights’ – looked as thoughContinue reading “Photo du Jour: A Solar Corona and Las Vegas’ Eiffel Tower”

A Sky Aglow: Up with the Great Reno Balloon Races Dawn Patrol

Like paper lanterns rising to the heavens in the Far East, the radiant balloons twinkled in unison during the Dawn Patrol that was to precede the Great Reno Balloon Races.  Only seven balloons – those which were qualified to fly in the dark – participated. The flying conditions at night can be dangerous since atmosphericContinue reading “A Sky Aglow: Up with the Great Reno Balloon Races Dawn Patrol”

Photo du Jour: The Emerald “Umbrellas” of a California Redwood Forest

“For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.” Martin Luther