Category Archives: Travel Logs & Excursions

Moss Beach Landing & Harbor Seals at Half Moon Bay, California

Good Friday to you all!  I trust you had a good week and are looking forward to the weekend.  Around here our week started off great on a happy note in the great outdoors.  After months of being stuck at home only venturing out for groceries and errands, our family played hooky earlier in the week and took the day off from work on Monday.  We snuck out for a gorgeous hike in the seaside village of Half Moon Bay. Continue reading Moss Beach Landing & Harbor Seals at Half Moon Bay, California

California Dreaming. Gamble Garden Spring Tour

Happy Earth Day!

In the spirit of Earth Day and all things nature and gardening I would like to share this fun look at a spring garden tour a group of my friends and I went on in Palo Alto, California.  The garden tour was called California Dreaming – the philosophy of enjoying the beautiful outdoors all year round and in our own backyards. Continue reading California Dreaming. Gamble Garden Spring Tour

Valentine’s Weekend in San Francisco

Happy Monday!

How was your weekend? I hope it was relaxing.  For us since the girls were home on break from school last week we headed to San Francisco for the weekend.  The city was spectacular on this February weekend. With warm temps in the 60s and sunny blue skies, San Francisco couldn’t have been any more gorgeous!!!  Here is a look at some pics of our lovely weekend in beautiful San Francisco. Continue reading Valentine’s Weekend in San Francisco

Weekend in Monterey & Carmel Valley Wine Trail

Happy Tuesday! How was your Thanksgiving weekend? I hope you got to relax a bit and also had a chance to do some holiday shopping. We had a lovely Thanksgiving weekend.  After a festive and relaxing Thanksgiving day dinner we headed out an hour and half away to the seaside towns of Monterey and Carmel. Continue reading Weekend in Monterey & Carmel Valley Wine Trail

Walk on the Beach at Pajaro Dunes in Watsonville, California

Watsonville, California is often associated with lush farmlands off Hwy 1 on the Pacific Coast. Here one can see miles and miles of farms growing fruits and veggies off all sorts. Strawberries, raspberries, apples, lettuce, kale, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, artichokes, tomatoes, and much more.  At its core Watsonville is an agricultural community.  But what is often overlooked is that being so close to the ocean, Watsonville also has miles of beautiful beaches. One of these beaches was our destination on a gorgeous fall October morning when my friends Padmini, Rose and I went on a road trip to Pajaro Dunes in Watsonville. Continue reading Walk on the Beach at Pajaro Dunes in Watsonville, California

Weekend in Dallas. 40/41 Birthday Bash

Happy Tuesday!
I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

 Hi folks, I hope you had a relaxing weekend and that your week is starting off great.  Around here for many of us school is starting this week! Luckily my twins’ school doesn’t start until next week, so I am soaking in all the relaxing time I have with them the next few days, and as a last hooray to the end of summer we just returned from a quick weekend trip to Dallas, Texas where my brother lives.  My bother Kiran and his wife Prachi turned 41/40 respectively and Prachi had planned a grand birthday bash for herself and my brother.  What an awesome weekend this turned out to be! Continue reading Weekend in Dallas. 40/41 Birthday Bash

Rowing at Lexington Reservoir with the Los Gatos Rowing Club in the Santa Cruz Mountains

I love driving to any destination that takes me towards Lexington Reservoir on Hwy 17 and the Santa Cruz Mountains.  Even after all these years of driving this road, the scenery here never seizes to amaze me. On any given day the mountains are gorgeous with clear blue skies or with the gentle mist of the Pacific Ocean Fog, the scenery is always awe-inspiring.  So you can imagine what a smile I must have had every morning at 8am when I had to take my daughter Rani to a rowing class right off Hwy 17  😊. Continue reading Rowing at Lexington Reservoir with the Los Gatos Rowing Club in the Santa Cruz Mountains

Picasso Museum & the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona, Spain

Picasso, a Spaniard who became one of the most famous artists in the world.  Here in the beautiful Gothic Quarter of Barcelona is the Picasso Museum which showcases over one thousand of Picasso’s paintings from his youth to his adult life.  This museum is a great way to see the talent of Picasso from the age of 5 to the time he died in 1973 at the age of 91. Continue reading Picasso Museum & the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona, Spain

Palau de la Música Catalana. Barcelona, Spain

If you like architecture and are a classical music lover, then this concert hall in the heart of Barcelona is a must see.  While the rest of us were focused on the famed Gaudi sites, the popular Gothic Quarter, Picasso Museum and Buqueria Market, our daughter Rani who plays the cello was most excited about seeing the Palau de Musica Catalana.  What an unexpected treat this concert hall turned out to be! The Pulau de Musica Catalana may not be Gaudi or Picasso but is a worthwhile “off the beaten path” visit in the heart of Barcelona. Continue reading Palau de la Música Catalana. Barcelona, Spain