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Family Trip Down the Colorado River. Austin, Texas

On day three of our Spring Break vacation in Austin our cousin Pradeep had arranged for a sunset boat cruise on the Colorado River. Interestingly, contrary to what I thought, the Colorado river waterway in Texas is not connected to nor is it part of the longer and more well-known Colorado river that originates in Colorado and flows through Utah and Nevada and runs the length of the state line separating Arizona and California. The Colorado River that runs through Texas flows through Austin and continues southeast on its way to the ocean before emptying into in the Gulf of Mexico. Continue reading Family Trip Down the Colorado River. Austin, Texas

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Austin, Texas

I absolutely love, love wildflowers. They are such carefree plants. With their independent nature, go where I want, pop up where I like, no fuss, sun loving, do what I want type of personality, these plants really do fit the name wildflowers. To my surprise when I visited Austin, Texas in the spring this year, the entire city was swimming in wildflowers. So many wildflowers in fact that they were blooming off every freeway and roadway carefree and beautiful. Gorgeous blue bluebonnets, Indian blankets, pink poppies, salvias, even lavenders and so many more varieties of wildflowers that I was amazed at the show these flowers were putting on in the city. Continue reading Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Austin, Texas

April in Austin

You’ve heard of April in Paris. How about April in Austin? April in Austin is one spectacular experience. Austin, Texas – the capitol of Texas, home of UT Austin (University of Texas at Austin), the tech center of the South, part of Texas Hill Country, wildflowers everywhere, perfect spring like temperatures, warm friendly people, great food, awesome music, and beautiful scenery, Austin is one gorgeous city in April. Continue reading April in Austin

Art Institute of Chicago & The Thorne Miniature Rooms Gallery

The Art Institute of Chicago is a world-renowned art museum and a “must see” in the Chicago visitor’s guide, so naturally when we visited Chicago we had to check it out.  Like any renowned art museum this one in Chicago is extensive and huge. One can easily spend a few days exploring this giant museum. Continue reading Art Institute of Chicago & The Thorne Miniature Rooms Gallery

American Writers Museum. Chicago, Illinois

American Writers Museum in Chicago, Illinois is a totally unique and interactive museum exclusively focused on American writers. To be honest, this museum was a discovery of Anjali who loves to read. Of all the sites to see in Chicago’s visitors guide, her number one request was this one. Boy are we glad we fulfilled her wish because this was the highlight of our trip to Chicago. Totally uniquely American, educational, fun, and full of American literary knowledge, this museum made us all appreciate the great art of writing. Continue reading American Writers Museum. Chicago, Illinois

Walking Tour of Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois came about as our destination for our Spring Break in 2018 because of Rani.  Rani plays cello in her school orchestra and they were participating at the Chicago International Music Festival at the beginning of their spring break, so we decided to stop by Chicago to see her orchestra perform and combine it with a weekend visit to the Windy City. Continue reading Walking Tour of Chicago, Illinois

Spring Break 2018. 2 days in Chicago, 5 days in Austin

The twins had their Spring Break last week and for a couple of months now we have been wondering what to do this holiday break. Most of the country as you know is COLD ❄️🌨☃️! We Californians don’t like the cold much – at least our family doesn’t.  We were in a dilemma as to where to go for this spring break. So why Chicago and why Austin you wonder? Well, Chicago came about as our destination because of Rani.  Rani plays cello in her school orchestra and they were participating in an International Music Festival in Chicago at the beginning of their spring break. We went to Chicago to see Rani’s orchestra, and that’s how we ended up in freezing cold Chicago. Continue reading Spring Break 2018. 2 days in Chicago, 5 days in Austin

Quintessential California. The Mission Architecture

Living in California, one can’t help but fall in love with Mission architecture of this area.  The white stuccoed walls with red tiled roofs, ornate ironwork, and colorful Mexican hand-painted tiles; these are such lovely characteristics of a warm and inviting architecture.  When you combine this style of architecture with the almost all year California sunshine, blue Pacific Ocean, and the rolling hills and mountains that abound here, sometimes one can forget this is America, but rather it can feel like we are in Spain or in the Mediterranean somewhere. Continue reading Quintessential California. The Mission Architecture

A Movie Scene Christmas Market

Over the weekend I got a text from my sister in Philadelphia asking me what one of my daughters would like for Christmas, as she was at a Christmas Market on a farm looking for some cool finds. Her text to me read, “I’m at a German Christmas market on a farm.  It’s snowing outside and there’s nice apple cider inside!  Just loving it!

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Banu’s Emerald Green Philadelphia Garden

My sister Banu who lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has a lovely home and a beautiful garden. Banu’s garden is lush and emerald green. It’s the greenest garden I’ve ever seen. As Banu explained to me, that’s because of the high humidity in Philadelphia, and the constant bouts of rain showers they get sporadically off and on all summer long.  In fact it is so humid that she hardly turns the sprinklers on and can go for weeks without turning them on sometimes. Can you believe it?  For a California gardener like myself, no sprinklers or watering means the death of our gardens here, especially in the summer. Continue reading Banu’s Emerald Green Philadelphia Garden