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.
The year 2015 has gone by so fast but I say that about every year. My travels this year, whether for work or play, have all been great and there have been a few milestones too that have meant a lot to me. Also, it’s a personal goal of mine to visit at least one new place every year, whether near or far, and I am happy to say that I met that goal and then some. Here’s a look back at my year of travels. It’s so nice to see everything that has happened and I’m already looking forward to more adventures in 2016.
A lot has changed since I first went to Outside Lands many years ago. Now in it’s 8th year, it’s bigger and better. The three-day music festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park has become a must for tons of locals and out-of-towners.
I’m going to go out on a limb and say Sydney’s Taronga Zoo is the best zoo in the world. Or at least, the best zoo I’ve ever been to. When I visited my friend Sasha and her hubby Chase in Sydney, we visited the zoo on a Sunday and spent a few hours there but we could have easily spent a few more or even the whole day.
It’s easy to get wrapped up in the major attractions, shopping, and restaurants of a metropolitan city like San Francisco but what’s nice about this place is that you can also get a taste of nature and the outdoors without having to go very far.
When my cousin Carl came into town to visit our family, he wanted to go on a hike. My family doesn’t do a lot of hiking but I was up for it because it was a refreshing change from taking visitors to the usual spots like Fisherman’s Wharf or Ghiradelli Square.
When I traveled with two friends several years ago, it got very interesting going to a museum together. One friend liked to take her time and read every description of a painting or statue word for word while one friend could stroll quickly through, feeling satisfied that she saw everything. I was the in-betweener I guess.
It finally happened. My two best friends and I actually decided on a date to go on a vacation together. The three of us work full-time and go to grad school and even though our vacation was a mini one – an overnight in Napa, it was a much-needed and relaxing break. Many thanks to Kristin Luna from Camels & Chocolate for going on her girls’ trip to Napa and thereby kicking my butt and motivating me to actually make my own girls’ trip happen, otherwise the wonderful photos of food, wine, and blissful nothingness that you are about to see might not even exist.