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…

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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…

The Exploration Gallery at The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, CA

Earth Day is near! This week, the WordPress Photo Challenge celebrates this planet on which we live. One of the first things that came to mind for me was David Bowie’s song, “Space Oddity” and the verse, “Planet Earth is blue and there’s nothing we can do.” David Bowie’s music connects to my soul, and I’m…