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Califorinia winery in November
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Golden shades of California’s Napa Valley in Fall

I am so very many miles from where I was living last November, almost 5000 miles from Lourmarin in Provence, France. Yet as I drive around the sun-drenched, autumnal vineyards of California’s Napa Valley the countryside is not so very …

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Los Angeles ~The Griffith Observatory and Hollywood Sign

The incredible Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, occupying a prominent hillside site, close to the infamous ‘HOLLYWOOD’ sign, was my new Los Angeles discovery. It proves that there is always something new to learn about a city, no matter how …

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July 4th 2013!
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America celebrates Independence Day

July 4th, the day when America celebrates her independence from Britain. Had things been handled differently, history might well have unfolded in another way, but 1776 is a long time ago, wounds have healed, differences buried, today we are each …

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17 Mile Drive near Carmel, California, USA
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The 17 Mile Drive, a piece of heaven on earth

The 17 Mile Drive, which winds its way beside one of California’s most stunning stretches of coastline, from Pacific Grove to Carmel-by-the-Sea, has to be one of the most breathtakingly spectacular natural spots in the world. The foaming Pacific Ocean …

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Authentic Mediterranean property in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, USA
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Beautiful, stunning and unique, the homes of Carmel-by-the-sea!

Carmel homes boast a wealth of different styles of architecture, everything is unique, which adds to its charm. The one I am featuring above is my absolute favourite! Looking at it, one really could be in Tuscany or Provence, so …

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Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Northern California
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San Francisco, the City by the Bay

Is it really surprising that, San Francisco, this beautiful, much loved, much visited, much photographed city is a world destination? Its stunning Bayside location, The Golden Gate Bridge, The Palace of Fine Arts, Alcatraz, Lombard Street and the cable cars …

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Bistro Jeanty, Yountville, California, USA
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‘Provence’ in California

‘Provence’ in California?  After a ten hour plane journey how can it seem like you had never left, shouldn’t you be somewhere vastly different? Although there are obvious immense variances between Provence, where I had departed from and northern California, my destination, …

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State Street Santa Barbara, California, USA
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Santa Barbara – Europe in California

“We decided not to go to Europe this year but come to Santa Barbara instead” Oucch! Just the type of comment that the cynical Brit loves to ‘munch on’ when grumbling about their sheltered maybe somewhat less travelled American cousins……………. But having …

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Palm Desert, California, USA
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Agua Caliente – Palm Springs/Palm Desert, a place to escape?!

This tiny house in Belmont Shore is where our life in California began nearly 30 years ago! When we arrived in Los Angeles in July 1985 it was my first visit to North America, my husband had seen a great deal …

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A Southern California Beach
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The 405 San Diego Freeway – where our Californian love affair began

Why would anyone be reduced to tears in the hazy, virtually standstill, 6 lanes of gas guzzling  405, San Diego Freeway? A Los Angeles freeway that I always think of as ‘mine’. A road full of so many memories and …

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