Provence Part 3

January 1, 2016 § Leave a comment

Well, it’s only been 16 months since I wrote up part 2 of this trip. One of my goals for this long Christmas / New Year’s break was to catch up on my blogging, and well, there’s only 2 days left of break so I better get going! Looking back through this pictures makes me so happy. When I think about all the trips Drew and I have taken so far in Europe, this is probably still my favorite. It was just exactly what I thought a week in Provence would be like. We visited the Pont du Gard, which has always been on my list of places to see. It’s was kind of odd actually to see a textbook picture come to life. The best part is that it is not walled off anything, you can walk on it and swim under it!

Our next stop was Avignon, which is probably best known to US French students from the song. We also made a half day stop at Arles, which has a lovely Van Gogh Museum. Our last day in Provence ended in Marseille, where we toured the harbour and ate at a wonderful Moroccan restaurant. All in all, it was a perfect vacation. Enough fun stuff to stay entertained, at a slow enough pace to still be relaxing. I’m already planning to come back many many times.

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The World Famous San Diego Zoo

February 6, 2013 § 2 Comments

I’ve always loved going to the zoo. When I was a child in China, the zoo was my favorite place. When I see it now, I realize that it is quite a sad zoo where animals are kept in cages and are not properly taken care of.  When I was small, though, I thought it was the best place.  After I moved to the States, we were fortunate enough to live close to St. Louis, which has a fabulous FREE zoo.  Yes, free admission!  We went practically every month until my sister was 8.  Now, I live near probably one of the best zoos in the world.  While admission is not free, Drew’s parents have memberships so we’ve been able to go a a couple of times with their free passes.

This time, I really wanted to see the baby panda, Mr. Wu. He’s just a few months old, and is only on display in the mornings. So we got up bright and early, met Drew’s parent’s at their house, then drove down to the zoo. Mr. Wu apparently decided it was too early to say hi to all his visitors as he was napping inside a tree trunk. Still, the zoo has so many fun things, we had a wonderful time. I loved watching the gorillas getting a snack and the hippos playing in the water.  We will have to come back when the new outback exhibit is ready and hopefully Mr. Wu will be less sleepy :)
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A Morning at the Santa Ana Zoo

May 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

Last weekend Drew and I joined our friends Teiko and Lars along with their adorable daughter Lena for a morning at the Santa Ana Zoo.  It was such a great way to spend a carefree Sunday morning.  I think my favorite part was just watching Lena in a brand new environment.  It’s amazing to see the little baby from a year and a half ago to the little girl she is now, so aware of her surroundings!  The anteaters, though, came a pretty close second.  There were also lots of monkeys and birds and while the petting zoo was a little lame, I love that last pic of the goat who was just so desperate to get all the food from Lars :p  All in all, Drew and I are probably both super spoiled from having grown up with the San Diego Zoo and the free St. Louis zoo respectively, but this little one is perfect for a toddler.  Bonus, it’s not far from The Playground or our favorite haunts in Old Town Orange :)
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New York Part 2

August 30, 2011 § 5 Comments

Our third day in New York started nicely enough with a walk through Greenwich Village followed by lunch at the lovely ABC Kitchen.  Then, it rained.  All day.  We stayed most of the afternoon in Barnes & Noble.  By nightime, we ventured out again to Chelsea Market for some food, where I highly recommend Green Table.  My salad was delicious!  The next day, we stopped by Grand Central, but the highlight was Billy Elliot on Broadway.  It was fabulous.  If it comes on tour through LA, I would love to see it again.  Every now and then I’ll get the melody to Electricity stuck in my head.  That was a fitting end to my sister’s stay in New York :)  Other highlights include Highline Park, which if I lived in New York, I would go to all the time.  So pretty there!  Drew and I had one day in the city so in the morning we grabbed some brunch at a place I can’t remember now, and in the afternoon, we went to Central Park!  I didn’t have much interest in going there initially, as I figured it was just a park.  But, I’m really glad we went, it’s such an oasis in the city.  At night, we caught a showing of Avenue Q and afterwards stopped by Times Square.  The next day, we left….5 hours after our scheduled departure time :p  All in all, it was the most fabulous trip and I can’t wait until we go back!  I’m not sure it’s a place I would want to live (the weather is so much better here!), but I can visit a thousand times!

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New York Part 1

August 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

Where to start?!  I had so much fun!  Our friends Matt & Kara were getting married just outside of New York City, so again it was a great excuse to travel :)  This time, since Drew is working I decided to bring along my little sister.  We’re 10 years apart and we don’t get to spend a lot of time together so I thought this was a great opportunity for us to hang out and have a great time!  She’s growing up so fast!  We did so many things, I can’t write about them all.  Suffice to say we took in most of the major sites.  I think my favorite thing about being in the city, is just being there.  As much as I like parks and nature, at heart I’m a city girl and there is no city like new york city.
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an iphone account of 3 cities, 2 weddings

August 16, 2011 § 2 Comments

More coming soon, but for now, here are the pics taken with my iphone

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food links: Dahlia Bakery, Barcelona, Bon Chovie, Milk Truck, Eataly, Dough, Doughnut Plant, Macaron Cafe, Ample Hills Creamery, Ted & Honey

meet my new camera bag!

July 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Next week I’m leaving on a trip to go to Seattle, St. Louis, and New York.  I want to take my camera with me everywhere, but I don’t want to LOOK like I have my big dslr with me everywhere. SO! I’ve been looking high and low for a bag that will not scream BIG FANCY CAMERA.  Especially since I have a brand new one coming my way this week!  Anyhow, so meet my new favorite bag!  (or I really should say two bags.)
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Originally, I thought about getting one of those Kelly Moore bags.  They’re pretty fashionable, but even the smallest one seemed too big for me and my petite frame.  Instead, I found the ONA camera bag insert.  At $60, it’s not cheap.  But, it’s the perfect size to hold my Nikon D80 with a lens attached and 1 extra lens.  It also has pockets for credit cards, SD cards, and lens caps.  And, since it’s an insert, it turns any bag that fits into a camera bag!  For me, I wanted to find something just big enough for the insert (so that the bag isn’t too big) but also had a pocket or two that could hold my iphone and keys.

Enter this little gem of a bag from H&M.  I’ll freely admit, the quality isn’t superb, but since I really only would use this bag on vacations, it doesn’t seem that big a deal.  Plus, it’s only $25.  It has a top handle as well as a longer strap so you can wear it crossbody.  There is also an outside pocket that would hold my keys and cell phone.  As a bonus, my ipad fits too!  All around, it’s just a little bigger than the green bag I carry around everyday.  So for ladies out there who don’t want to carry around a big, ugly camera bag, I highly recommend an insert! dslr bagdslr bagdslr bagdslr bagdslr bag

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