I won’t be posting in this space for a few weeks but for good reason as I’ll be going to Europe! There will be a lot of talking and selling for work which can be very tiring but I know how lucky I am to be able to go. And for a travel-lover like myself it’s a blessing. It’s so nice to take a break from the routine and from sitting at a desk in front of a computer all day.
It’s easy to walk past Clarion Alley without even noticing it. Despite that, this hidden alley in San Francisco has become one of the most photographed spots in the city due to its colorful murals. I almost missed it myself on my way to brunch in the Mission neighborhood but I made sure to go back afterwards and take a photo walk down this alley whose vibrant colors stood out on an otherwise gloomy day.
Mile Rock Beach is just another beautiful spot in San Francisco to get you away from the urban hustle and closer to nature and fresh air. After taking an iPhone photography class a while ago, I’ve drawn up a list of places in the Bay Area that are ideal for photo walks and when I have a free day or afternoon, I try to cross a place off my list like Mile Rock Beach. It is indeed a great photo opportunity as there aren’t a ton of people around so it’s as if you have the Pacific Ocean, the sand, and the view of the Golden Gate Bridge all to yourself.
Don’t be fooled by the sunny skies in the above photo. The sun may have been shining but it was super cold in New York when I visited a few weeks ago for work. I have a couple sets of thermal clothes that only see the light of day when I go to the Big Apple this time of year and those garments coupled with the good food I seek out helps me feel better about the weather. I’ll be the first to admit I’m a California wimp, okay? Here are some of the places where I found some good eats in New York.
Kristin Newman’s travel memoir What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding is a refreshing read. When the majority of stories in movies and on television revolve around a woman finding Mr. Right, Newman’s story manages to celebrate the single life with a lot of travel and humor too.
One of the best parts about my trip to the Amalfi Coast last spring was Sant’Alfonso Agriturismo. This farm stay in the town of Furore was the perfect place to call home for the week and the main reason why I was so well-fed and plump by the time I returned home to San Francisco.
On the Sunday of my mini-vacay in Munich, I completely forgot that everything in Europe shuts down on this day. I was going to do some shopping but with the shops closed I decided to go visit Nymphenburg Palace and I’m so glad I did.
I love strolling through a beautiful park in Europe. So the English Garden in Munich was my absolute must-do activity while in town for the weekend. What I love about a park stroll is the peace and quiet you find even though you may be smack dab in the middle of a busy city and the fresh air, greenery, and exercise is just plain good for the soul.
This past October I went to Germany for the Frankfurt Book Fair, and lucky for me I flew there a few days early to enjoy a weekend in Munich. I suggest you tack on a vacation day or two to a work trip any chance you get. I had heard many good things about Munich and I thought two days seemed like the perfect amount of time to get to know a little bit about this city. On Saturday morning, my first thing to do was head to Viktualien Market.
Early last year I was reading The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, a hugely popular book to help readers unlock their creativity. Readers are encouraged to go on an artist’s date every week which means you are supposed to go do something fun by yourself for an hour or a whole day if you so choose. You can go for a walk, go to a movie or a museum, or go on a road trip to a nearby town you’ve never been to. The goal of this artist’s date is to take time for yourself and to get your imagination flowing.