I’m Going Back to London, Cue the Nostalgia

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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.

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Photo Essay: Clarion Alley, San Francisco

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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.

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Photo Essay: Mile Rock Beach, San Francisco

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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.

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New York Eats in February 2016

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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.

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Munich for the Weekend: The English Garden and Cafe Luitpold

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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.

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Munich for the Weekend: Viktualien Market

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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.

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The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps, San Francisco

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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.

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