French Polynesia: Bora Bora

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Bora Bora Many consider Bora Bora the “Pearl of the Pacific”and one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Asians arriving by outrigger canoe in about the 9th century originally settled the island. The island endured centuries of periodic tribal wars until finally unified just before the arrival of Captain James Cook in 1769. [Read more …]

French Polynesia: Moorea

Bali High Mountain

Our South Pacific trip begins in French Polynesia. This French Protectorate consists of 120 islands spread across 1.7 million square miles. Despite its size, it is home to only 270,000 residents. We limited our visit to three of its major islands: Moorea, Bora Bora and Tahito Nui—four if you count the latter’s appendage of Tahiti [Read more …]

Our South Pacific Odyssey

  The South Pacific has always been intriguing. It is surprising that it has taken us this long to put together a trip to explore the area in more depth. Well, we are finally going. We are spending 7 weeks (way too little time but it is a start) to explore places like Tahiti and [Read more …]

Downtown Los Angeles

Broad and DIsney buildings

Our brief, three-day LA visit ended with a visit to the rapidly reinvigorated downtown LA. Although we planned to visit the increasingly hip Koreatown section, these plans were scotched when we discovered that “Here’s Looking and You”, the hot, new restaurant that we planned to visit, was closed the one evening that we were able [Read more …]

West Hollywood, California

Chagal Costumes

As part of our time in the Los Angeles California area, we made an overnight stop in West Hollywood. Yep, we saw the famous Hollywood sign from our hotel window. But we also visited another great museum. LACMA aka Los Angeles County Museum of Art LACMA is the city’s largest and premier art museum. Its [Read more …]

Pasadena California

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Whenever someone says Pasadena to me, I can only think of the song “The Little Old Lady from Pasadena”. We were last in Pasadena California for the Rose Bowl Parade many years ago. If you haven’t experienced this, you should. But this time we were just there as part of a trip to the Las [Read more …]

Return to Nantucket Massachusetts

Pacific National Bank

Since we were already on Cape Cod, we took a fast, hour-long fast ferry (you could also take a 15 minute flight) to traverse the 30 mile stretch from Hyannis to Nantucket. The island, first settled in 1659, became the world’s largest whaling port and one of its most wealthy and progressive towns in the [Read more …]

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Hyannis Artist shanties

When we lived in Boston, MA, we spent a fair amount of time on Cape Cod (“the Cape”). Now that we live on the west coast, we don’t get to the area as often. This summer we decided to go back—our first time in more than 10 years. Our motivation for the trip was to [Read more …]

Monet’s Early Years

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No, we didn’t have a time machine to go back to Monet’s early career. Instead we went to San Francisco Legion of Honor, which was hosting an exhibit of more than 50 of Monet’s earliest oil paintings The exhibit begins withView Near Roulles. Painted in 1858 when he was only 17, this was the first [Read more …]

Cuernavaca Mexico

Cathedral of Cuernavaca

Our last stop on our Mexico trip was Cuernavaca. This ancient (dating from 1200 BC) city retains some lovely colonial buildings and serves as a getaway for Mexico City residents. The old town indeed has some historic, impressive and lovely buildings. Among these area the: Cuernavaca Cathedral complex, dating from the 1520s with a lovely [Read more …]