Doors of Mission Carmel

Last week I headed back to Carmel-by-the-Sea to visit Mission Carmel, a Roman Catholic mission church, also known as Mission San Carlos Borromeo del río Carmelo. The mission, originally established at the presidio in Monterey was relocated in 1771 to the Carmel Valley. The stone church and mission residences were built around a large inner courtyard. The Spanish…

Doors of Carmel-by-the-Sea

Carmel-by-the-Sea: What’s not to love? This idyllic, European-style village is a place I could call home. I can picture myself living in a cozy cottage in the heart of the town, taking strolls down Ocean Avenue where the shopkeepers know my name, and heading to the white-sand beach at the end of the avenue to watch…

Danger! – Beware of Goats in the Road

When traveling through the countryside of Peloponnese, Greece, be prepared to stop for herds of goats crossing the road. We’ve encountered goats near a toll booth on the National Road, on remote mountain roads, in narrow (really narrow) roads of villages, and country roads by the sea. We can’t seem to escape goat encounters when driving in Peloponnese. Though…

Wordless Wednesday

Mountain Winery – located in the Saratoga foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains wine region.

Santa Cruz Mountain Wineries: Picchetti Winery

Napa Valley, while the most well known, isn’t the only wine growing region in the San Francisco Bay Area. Within a half-hour or less of Silicon Valley, the Santa Cruz Mountains wine region boasts one of the most unique natural environments in the world. The Santa Cruz Mountain Wine Growers Association proclaims that with its mountainous…