Category Archives: Travel Logs & Excursions

Gamble Garden Spring Tour 2016

Every year the Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden, a historic home and garden in Palo Alto, California hosts a Spring Garden Tour where a few private homes in this exclusive neighborhood open their gardens for public viewing.  The tour is open on one Friday and Saturday only in April, and all proceeds from ticket sales go towards the maintenance of the Gamble Garden. Continue reading Gamble Garden Spring Tour 2016

Pulgas Water Temple in Woodside, California

The twins were on Spring Break, and since I thought it might be raining that week, I didn’t make any plans to go anywhere.  As it turns out, the week of the twins’ Spring Break was gorgeous.  But it was too late by that time to make any last minute travel plans.  Besides, the girls were perfectly happy bumming at home all week.  However as the week came to an end, I got tired of seeing them slouching on the couch all day either watching TV or reading a book.  So I decided to take them on a quick “road trip” to see the Pulgas Water Temple.

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This is a new discovery of mine.  I only learnt about this monument when I was doing some research on sights to see in and around Hwy 280. Continue reading Pulgas Water Temple in Woodside, California

Bouquets to Art 2016

Bouquets to Art.  What a novel idea!  Flower bouquets that mimic paintings and works of art in the permanent collection at the de Young Museum in San Francisco.  Every year I plan on going to this talked about exhibition, but something always takes precedent, and I end up not making it.  But this year I put it on my calendar 2 months in advance so as not to miss it, and I finally made it! Continue reading Bouquets to Art 2016

Floral Gowns by Oscar de la Renta

Flowers, flowers, flowers!! Anyone who knows me knows I love flowers! I absolutely love them. So when I read about an exhibition in San Francisco of Oscar de la Renta’s floral couture gowns, I had to go! All I saw in this little article about the exhibit was the word “floral”, and it got me hooked.   Continue reading Floral Gowns by Oscar de la Renta

Celebrating the Twins Birthday at Daffodil Dreams At Filoli Gardens

Aah celebrating birthdays.  These days it seems each kid wants to do something unique and with so many kids it can be hard to do something totally original. That is the dilemma the twins were facing, what to do for their 14th birthday.  Around this time is when I got a very timely newsletter from Filoli Gardens announcing their Daffodil Daydreams!  A totally unique experience with hundreds and hundreds of daffodils in full bloom, what an awesome idea for a birthday event!  I asked the girls if we could all go with their friends to see the daffodils and if this trip could be the twins’ ” birthday party celebration”.  This would be something so original and special.  Both Anjali and Rani  agreed and invited three of their friends for the daffodil viewing.  It ended up being a gorgeous sunny day and what a memorable experience it was!! Continue reading Celebrating the Twins Birthday at Daffodil Dreams At Filoli Gardens

Visit to Dallas, Texas. Twins Meeting Twins

Remember that television show Dallas in the 80s? We were all hooked on that family soap opera, heck the whole country, even the world was hooked on it!  The story of a wealthy oil family in Dallas and all their family drama with adultery, betrayal, bastard sons, and the one rival they are always fighting against. It had beautiful actors and actresses with great outfits and grand Texas scenery, it had everything a great soap opera needs to be successful. Remember that episode Who Shot JR? The whole country eagerly waited to watch that episode, which at that time became the all time most watched television episode ever! But wait, I digress.  That’s not what this post is about. I wanted to tell you about my recent visit to Dallas, the city in Texas – not the show Dallas. Continue reading Visit to Dallas, Texas. Twins Meeting Twins

Visit to Washington, DC

It’s President’s Day and I thought this is a perfect time to write about my trip to Washington, DC.  In October of last year, Hitesh and I went to DC for a little holiday.  Anjali and Rani were going on their 8th grade DC trip through their school which means we had the whole week to ourselves, so we decided we would do the same – head to DC, not with the twins of course.  The twins were mortified to know that we were going to DC!  They were worried we would tag along with them on their school trip.  No worries here! This was a chance for Hitesh and I to be together without the kids. Are you kidding? Why would we tag along? Coincidentally we did end up on the same flight as the twins on the way out to DC.  Of course they thought we planned it that way, but we really didn’t 😉

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