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Santa Cruz Century

July 19, 2011

Stuck inside today? Me too, but I did get out recently to pay a visit to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, a seaside amusement park that combines modern thrills with retro charm.

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Temperate tempranillo

July 14, 2011
Temperate tempranillo

Happy Bastille Day from sunny Spain, where it has, in fact, been cool and damp, at least in the north. Travel tip: The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain stupid visitor who didn’t think she needed to pack a rain jacket. But I digress. Day Two of my trip to Spain took...
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Making a meal of Madrid

July 12, 2011
Making a meal of Madrid

Paris may be a moveable feast, but Madrid is the place to satisfy a literary appetite, Why do I say that, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you. I’m in Spain this week visiting Frexeinet wineries with a group of wine writers and in honor of the occasion, I downloaded “The Sun Also Rises,” on...
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A royal good time?

July 7, 2011
A royal good time?

You’ve probably heard that Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to put it formally, are visiting California this week, which is causing a moderate flurry of excitement. But it doesn’t look like much of a vacation to me. No Disneyland, no wine country, no Homes of the Stars! tour,...
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Lovely Languedoc

July 6, 2011

 

I don’t think six weeks is a long time to take to put together a slideshow on my visit to the Languedoc, do you? No, I thought not. Enjoy.

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Monaco Wedding: UPDATE

July 1, 2011

After a week of rumor and speculation, former Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock and Prince Albert of Monaco were married Saturday in a spectacular ceremony that evoked memories of the marriage of Albert’s mother, Grace Kelly, to Prince Rainier II all those years ago.

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Monaco Mystery

June 29, 2011
Monaco Mystery

Having recently visited Monaco I’ve been following news of the upcoming royal wedding there with some interest. And what an interesting story it is. According to the French news magazine L’Express, the royal bride-to-be, former Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock, recently was stopped at the Nice airport trying to go home to South Africa after...
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Carcassonne: A Fairy Tale City

June 10, 2011
Carcassonne: A Fairy Tale City

The ancient walled city of Carcasonne had me before hello. Just driving up to the fantastically fairy-tale expanse of walls, turrets and towers was so infatuating that I was among those asking our driver to pull to the side of the road to get a quick picture. Unfortunately, it turned out the 1-1/2 lane...
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Make the green scene in Healdsburg

May 30, 2011
Make the green scene in Healdsburg

Set right on Healdsburg’s town plaza, the h2hotel was designed with the eco-conscious traveler in mind. The building is made from reclaimed wood and concrete and the design is intended to reflect nature from the undulating curves of the roof to the ripples of the creek that runs next to the hotel. Inside, the...
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Raymond Vineyards

May 26, 2011
Raymond Vineyards

Looking for something a little different? Raymond Vineyards fits the bill and then some. Interested in organic and biodynamic farming? They’ve got that. Want to meet a weed-eating sheep named Woolly Wonka? Check. Meanwhile, if you want to  indulge your inner hedonist there’s the Crystal Cellar, which has the usual tanks, etc., you’d find...
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Travels in France

Lovely Languedoc

  I don’t think six weeks is a long time to take to put together a slideshow on my visit to the Languedoc, do...
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Carcassonne: A Fairy Tale City

The ancient walled city of Carcasonne had me before hello. Just driving up to the fantastically fairy-tale expanse of walls, turrets and towers was...
Read More »

Languedoc dogs

Look out, winery dogs of Napa Valley. Yes, I know you’re cute and featured in all sorts of books and articles, but let me...
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Swept away by cassoulet

Ever get annoyed by people who go to the South of France and proceed to rave over the victuals? Well bite me, because today...
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Top 5 differences between hiking in Berkeley and the South of France

Somewhere between the vegetable gazpacho and the duck confit, I realized my hike in La Clape, part of the Languedoc wine region of France,...
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Party like a paparazzi at the Cannes Film Festival

Two things are vital if you want to chase stars at the Cannes Film Festival. First, you need to know a clued-in and friendly...
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