First Trip to Europe, Day 1 – Getting to Paris

When we were researching visiting Paris in the winter, I found lots of one line or one paragraph generalizations about how it’s cold and rainy but generally less crowded. I want to go in the opposite direction and saturate you with as much information as I can possibly recall. Everything from planning to packing to…

Vaca Vines

One Saturday last March, a friend and I went exploring in Vacaville, California. I don’t know how she knew about this particular road, but we pulled over several times to take pictures as we wound up the hillside. We encountered a few waterfalls, these grapevines, and then at the top of the hill we got…

Fall Foliage

Fall must be on my mind today, despite the 90 degree temperatures we’ve been experiencing this week in Louisiana. This is another picture I took on our trip to Oregon last fall, and who doesn’t love a little fall foliage? This actually was in a redwood forest in Northern California, at our first stop on…

Low Tide in Oregon

This is one of my all-time favorite photos that I’ve taken. The footprints belong to my husband, and he is the lone figure in the distance, so I may be a little more partial to this one than a casual observer. We drove up the coast of California into Oregon last October, and I *Highly*…

Transamerica Pyramid

Today’s photo is one I snapped on a tour of San Francisco back in 2010. We loved doing the touristy thing with our friends and family who came out to visit us, and it gave me ample opportunities to snap some great photos of the landmarks around town. In the distance you can see the…

Sonoma Grapes

Today I’m posting grapes from Sonoma’s wine country. I only went once, but Benziger Family Winery in Sonoma is a Biodynamic winery concerned with sustainability and Earth friendly wine-producing practices. They have one of the most fun (funnest?) vineyard tours in all of California wine country. They also had some of the most beautiful, iconic…

Fallen Heroes

I uploaded this picture last week, not sure when I would post it. As I sat down at my computer today, it dawned on me that this is a fitting image for the anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. I visited Arlington for the first time on my trip to DC this past…

Golden Gate Glow

Good Monday morning! Starting off the week with another night-time picture. This one is obviously the Golden Gate Bridge. You might not believe that I took this with my old point and shoot several years ago, just a few months after we moved to the Bay Area. Not too shabby, right? The northern overlook for…

Guardians of the Castello

Today’s picture comes from my absolute favorite winery in Napa Valley–Castello di Amorosa. Tucked away in the north end of the valley is an authentic medieval castle constructed in the 1990s and early 2000s. This place is truly amazing and the wines are pretty good too. =D If you ever make your way to Napa…