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California & USAExploreLake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe, making tracks in the snow and memories in our hearts

Lake Tahoe, California, in mid January, should be wearing her winter ermine coat and at this time of year, quite often, a heavy scarf of grey. The surrounding mountains should be mantled in thick, deep, powder, the dark green pines weighed …

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Inlet at Point Lobos, Carmel, California, USA
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Point Lobos: “the greatest meeting of land & water in the world”

Walking by the ocean wherever you are in the world always has a special allure, no more so than at Point Lobos a few minutes south of Carmel, 24 miles north of Big Sur, California. Small wonder that the famed Tasmanian …

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The Piper as sun sets at Spanish Bay , The In at Spanish Bay, California, USA
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‘All is still, all is quiet’… just the haunting song of bagpipes, 17 mile Drive, Carmel

Towards the end of the year when day light is fading, the air is peppered with a mystical magic. A feint, almost cobweb like haze seems to dim even the sun’s strongest rays. The days are shorter, the nights are …

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Califorinia winery in November
California & USAExploreNapa & Sonoma Wine Country

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!
California & USADanvilleThe Bay Area

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
California & USACarmelDanvilleExploreNapa & Sonoma Wine CountrySan FranciscoThe Bay Area

‘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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