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  • Garden of the Gods

    Sculpted by nature: A Red-Rock Garden for the Gods

    While I was charting out my trip to Colorado — a few years ago— I completely missed ‘The Garden of the Gods.’ To this day, I don’t know how that happened. Now that it’s in my ‘been-there-done-that-list,’ I’m glad I didn’t go all the way there only to have...
  • Splashes of fall-color at Hakone Gardens

    Visit a Japanese Garden once and you visited them all. But there’s no getting tired of them. The look of a Japanese Garden and the feel that takes over you once you are inside one of these gardens, is like nothing else. They are landscaped to fill you with...
  • Mural at Kanpai restaurant, Reno

    Dreamy Damsels, graffiti-style

    Between the spotting of the Daydream mural from our hotel room in Reno and seeing it from street level, we were exploring Circus Circus (Hotel and Casino). While we were at that, I came across Kanpai Sushi Restaurant that sported paintings of many a dreamy damsel on its walls. The...
  • Sights from ‘el sur grande’ or Big Sur

      A long-time ago, there was a place known as el pais grande del sur on California’s Central coast. This was the ‘big south country’ that lay south of the Monterey Bay area and was defined by its wilderness and its notorious jagged coast. It neither helped the vessels that sailed...
  • Big and beautiful Shasta Lake

    Shasta Lake This is Shasta Lake. Shasta lies in northern California and also dons the sash of the largest reservoir in the state. It lies in the Shasta – Trinity National Forest Area and is not far away from Mt. Shasta, a volcano of the Cascade Range. The first...
  • Jule Hus

    Jule Hus: It’s always Christmas here

    Christmas isn’t until another six months but there’s a place in Solvang in California where it is Christmas all year round. Be it February or August, there’ll be Christmas trees and ornaments and Santas and elves and all types of decor at Jule Hus. Jule  Hus Jule Hus is...
  • Needles and Haystack, Cannon Beach

    Cannon Beach and its army of rocks

    US’s Pacific Northwest has only around three months of predictable beach-weather. If it is not summer, you might want to look up the forecast to see if the rain will permit you to go to the beach. If it’s a good day, here’s a recommendation — Cannon Beach on...
  • Capitola Venetian

    A balcony with a Venetian View

    A few years back, there was a time when we needed to break from the daily grind and we made a quick weekend trip to the Central Coast of California. It was one of those trips we made without any homework whatsoever. It was meant to be a holiday...
  • Patterson Pass

    The hills are alive again

    East of San Francisco Bay Area in California lies a mountain range known for its considerably low hills that are dry in the summer but turn green when winter rains call upon the area. This chain of hills called the Diablo Range is alive again thanks to the many...
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