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Walking Up the Chapels’ Path to Sacro Monte | Varese, Italy

I thought it was time to take you to Italy for a little while, specifically my home town of Varese. I have not

Bouchon Bakery | Yountville, California

Don’t you just love it when famous places live up to their reputation? Bouchon Bakery is one of those.

Hunting for Treasures in Carmel, California | Part Three

Welcome back to lovely Carmel-by-the-Sea! I hope you are ready for another exploration, because there is just

Behind The Photo | Anya with Rose

This is one of my long time favorite portrait, and it wasn’t planned, scheduled or commissioned. It just

Twigery: Where Flowers and Artistic Genius Meet | Carmel, California

So you have enjoyed a nice stroll down treasure-filled Dolores Street, bought a hat at The Prestige, and had a

Life in Napa | The January Garden & Starting a New Chapter

So, yes, I disappeared again for a few days. That is because I moved. Again. This time it was a bigger deal, as

Behind The Photo | Sunset Sail on the Nile in Aswan, Egypt

Imagine Egypt without political unrest, a time where you could safely travel there as a visitor and be able to enjoy

Parker-Lusseau Pastries & Cafe | Monterey, California

I will not dilly-dally into this, but cut to the chase: Parker-Lusseau is THE best bakery/patisserie in the

Super Duper Cooper | Adorable Shetland Sheepdog

I thought it was time for you to smile at a cute wiggler, so here is Cooper, or Super Duper Cooper as he is




Carnival Fritters – Frittelle di Carnevale

In one way, Carnival is just like Halloween: people dress in costumes and wear masques, then do parades, go to

Needing Energy, Passion or Grounding? Red is Your Ally!

Welcome back! In this post we will begin our journey through the chakra colors. Hope you enjoy

The Lady in Red

Remember the Princess from my other photo story The Princess and The Cowboy? Well, she was wearing a soft rose

Morning at Colorful Fisherman’s Wharf | Monterey, California

Last June, towards the end of my stay in Carmel, a new and very interesting coffee shop in Monterey found me on

Wine Tasting at Davis Family Vineyards | Healdsburg, California

Davis Family Vineyards is my kind of winery. That would be: a boutique winery that produces small batch, high

Sunrise in the Vineyard | Napa Valley, California

I don’t know about you, but I am not an early morning person, yet at the same time I am. I find it really

Chocolate: made in Hawai’i from Bean to Bar

“Can you tell what you are tasting?” asked Dave Elliott as he handed out samples of chocolate to our eager

Tales of Tails | Little Lola, Daizy & Gizzy

Wiggles and woofs everybody! I thought it was time for a little cuteness overload this weekend, so I am sharing a few

Coffee Love in North Kohala – Big Island, Hawai’i

If you are looking for good coffee in North Kohala on the Big Island of Hawai’i you won’t be




Great Dickens Christmas Fair 2015 | San Francisco

About six weeks ago I found out about the Great Dickens Christmas Fair happening in San Francisco over the

Treasure Trove: Once Around – Mill Valley

One day a couple of months ago, I was googling (can you believe that is now a legitimate verb?) for art stores

The Carmel Journals | Foggy Morning About Town

Considering that in Carmel it is foggy almost every morning, I may have a Foggy Morning chapter 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

The Majestic Coastal Redwoods of Muir Woods | Mill Valley, California

With this photo story, I am inviting you to relax and follow me on a virtual walk through the majestic California

Linguine with Zucchini Blossom, Shrimp and Saffron

I was in charge of keeping my friend Valerie’s garden alive while she and her husband were traveling a

Behind the Photo: Vienna Woods, Austria

Sometimes, behind a photo there is a story. And sometimes, behind a photo there is a particular story. I have quite a

Sacred Place | Iolani Palace | Honolulu

The Grand Staircase   ‘Iolani Palace is the former official residence of Hawai’i’s monarchy, and

Crisp Bakeshop | Best in Sonoma, California

Crisp Bakeshop is the best bakeshop in Sonoma County. Ok, there might be others that are good – though I

Shinrin-Yoku: Forest Bathing – Day 1 of 7

Usually Facebook’s wild guessing at what I might be interested in is way off track, but about a month ago