Street Art in Athens

From stunning murals to personalized tags, prolific street artists in Athens, Greece have covered nearly every surface with paint. Stroll through Plaka, Monastiraki, and Psiri, and you will find many businesses and abandoned homes covered in graffiti. It’s surreal to see once beautiful, traditional homes plastered with tags. From the looks of the places in…

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Spanish Style Gardens & Doors

Do you have a special local spot you gravitate towards when you need an escape from the bustle of daily life? For me, it’s the Spanish-influenced gardens and artisan shops at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park. Every season brings different blooms and lush green vegetation thanks to our mild California climate.

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Axes & Red Doors

No matter how often I visit Connecticut to see family and friends, I always find time to visit Collinsville for lunch at LaSalle’s Market & Deli and a stroll around the historic Collins Axe Company. The vibrant, red-hued buildings of the former Axe Factory house an antique shop, a variety of artisans, and other small,…

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By the Sea

Nothing lifts my spirits more than a lazy afternoon on a beach chair watching the sun’s reflection on a calm blue sea. If I could live anywhere, there is no other place I’d rather be than by the sea. To quote Jacques Yves Cousteau, “The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its…

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Street Details: Los Gatos

Today, a selection of street details that caught my eye in Los Gatos, California. I was particularly drawn to the patina of aged wood and painted corrugated metal siding on the backside of a shop called Natural Creations. Plants growing on the inside of the building peeked through cracks in the structure. A toy dog was…

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A Parade of Tourists at Mycenae

After an overnight stay in Nafplio, we visited the archaeological site of Mycenae in the Argolis region of Peloponnese. It was early October, typically low season for tourists, our favorite time of year to vacation in Greece. We looked forward to a quiet stroll around the citadel. Our exploration of Mycenae started at the archaeological museum which…

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Unworldly Beauty at the Alviso Salt Ponds

One late summer day, I headed to Alviso Marina County Park for my usual walk on the trails around the tall grasses of the saltwater marshes. The day was sunny and breezy without a cloud in the sky. The onshore breeze kept me cool and put me in the mood to explore beyond my comfort…

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Street Scenes in Nafplio

After falling in love with Nafplio, Peloponnese in the late summer of 2016, we knew we’d have to return to this charming seaside town next time we visited Greece, and got the chance to do so this past October. Our friends had suggested we stay at Hotel King Othon, a 100-year-old neoclassical property within walking distance…

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The Sweet Taste of Satisfaction

While I’m not Greek, I’m married to a Greek, and love all things Greek, especially Greek food. It’s an annual tradition for us to celebrate my birthday with a classic Greek meal of grilled lamb chops with baklava for dessert. Ah, the sweet taste of satisfaction when I bite into a juicy, medium-rare lamb chop…

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Bay Area Coastal Towns

Living in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, we have the pleasure of hosting many family and friends from across the states and overseas. Of course, San Francisco and Napa Valley always top the must-see list for first-time visitors. Never the less, we manage to lure our guests on a tour of our favorite…

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Variations on a Street Scene

The best times of day to take outdoor travel photos are during the “Golden Hours,” the hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset. I don’t know about you, but when I’m on vacation, I’m not up at the crack of dawn. While I do take photos at the end of the day, many of…

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Pretty in Pink

This pretty pink motorbike in Nafplio, Greece was an eye-catcher. I was struck by how its cotton candy color coordinated perfectly with the blush pink house and aqua blue doors. It got my attention. Before long, I found myself noticing and photographing motorbikes parked on the street next to, in many cases, interesting doors. I…

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The Sound of Silence

When last in Connecticut, I was on the hunt for an interesting place to take photos. My sister suggested I take a look at a small herd of long-haired cows at Sub Edge Farm in Farmington. Having never heard of long-haired cows, I was game. When we arrived at the pasture, my eyes widened when…

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Bayside Canning Company Blues

There can be an uneasy beauty in scenes of decay and crumbling structures. Places once teaming with life now abandoned and weathered by decades of sun, wind, rain, and neglect. Places we often pass by and ignore as they’ve become a fixture along our route to somewhere else. For me, that place was the former…

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Wintertime at Sandy Wool Lake

Yesterday we took a much-needed walk in nature. Off we went to Sandy Wool Lake hidden in the foothills of the Diablo Range at Ed R. Levin County Park. Wintertime is the best time of year to visit the park when temperatures are cool, and the dry, golden brown grasses of summer turn green during…

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Local Color

Have you ever noticed the signature color(s) of your local area or other places you’ve seen around the world? For much of my life, I went about my daily routine rather blind to the colors and details of my surroundings. It only seemed when I traveled to someplace new that I noticed the vibrancy and…

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