Paris Rooftops, Windows, and Doors

Paris Rooftops, Windows & Doors

When we visited Paris last year, I became obsessed with the rooftops. Each building seemed to have a unique mix of windows, cast iron railings, balconies, and chimneys–so many chimneys! I wasn’t sure what I loved most about these architectural details, but I took a ton of photos of them and planned to share them in a post. Then […]

A Little Taste of Petaluma

Enriquez Estate Wines, Petaluma

This post is not actually about the event, Taste of Petaluma 2014–that’s happening today–Saturday, August 23. You should go! A few weekends ago, a blogger friend invited me up to go wine tasting in her home-away-from-home, Petaluma, California. I’ve done a cheese, oyster and beer tour of this area of Southern Sonoma County before, but I’ve never […]

Win a Trip for Two to Cartagena, Colombia

Win a trip to Cartagena, Colombia

Have you ever traveled to Colombia? If not, here’s your chance! In 2012, at the end of our Galapagos and Ecuador adventures, we tacked a few days onto the trip to visit Cartagena, Colombia. I never really shared any stories from the trip, only because I never got around to sorting and editing my photos! FINALLY, I spent […]

Left Speechless: Photos of Matsushima Bay, Japan

Matsushima Bay, Japan

There’s a story that everyone in Japan will tell you about Matsushima Bay. Back in 1689, the great haiku poet, Matsuo Basho, was traveling on foot from Tokyo to the northernmost shore of Japan’s main island. He documented this six month journey in his most famous work, Narrow Road to the Deep North. As he trekked up the northern coast, he ascended a hill overlooking Matsushima Bay. As he looked down […]

Be a California Sea Turtle Hero And Win a Trip to San Diego

Leatherback Nesting Turtle

I know I’m not the only one out there infatuated with sea turtles. These graceful creatures capture the hearts and minds of beachgoers around the world. Anyone who has been lucky enough to catch a glimpse of these gentle animals in the wild will tell you it’s a thrill you’ll never forget. Last week, buried among a dozen or so, unsolicited […]

Eating My Way Around San Francisco’s Little Italy

SF Food Tour: Little Italy/North Beach

San Francisco is a famously food-loving city, so one way to learn about the city is by exploring its neighborhoods through the things you can eat. A few weeks ago, my friend Noel was in town and he asked me to come up to join him on a culinary walking tour of the city. I was eager to tag along […]