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harry potter exhibit at universal studios hollywood

Moving Pictures – Universal Studios, California

 California,destinations   Nov 16, 2016    By

There aren’t a lot of ‘European’ sights in Southern California, but they do have a huge Harry Potter exhibit at Universal Studios in Hollywood. The author of these books, J.K. Rowling, was born in England, lived in both London and Manchester, and was inspired for her novels by her experiences in Portugal. I know nothing […]

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world war two monument in washington dc

Shutter Love Sunday – Washington, DC

 destinations,history   Nov 13, 2016    By

This comes from the World War II monument in Washington, DC. I’m not the biggest DC fan, but shots like this coupled with a few hours at the Holocaust museum makes for a very emotionally moving day. This is one of my favorite views from our nation’s capital, as it also incorporates the majestic Washington […]

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wine festival in santa barbara

5 Things I Love About Santa Barbara

 destinations,festival,wanderlust   Sep 16, 2016    By

The story of Saint Barbara is a tragic one, if you believe it. Raised by a pagan father, she denounced his beliefs and converted to Christianity. The father wasn’t so enlightened and progressive, so as punishment he tortured and eventually beheaded her…which precluded him from any ‘dad of the year’ award consideration. Her name was […]

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hans christian andersen park in solvang, california

Solvang – Swans and Ugly Ducklings

 destinations,photography   Aug 11, 2016    By

“One evening, just as the sun was setting amid radiant clouds, there came a large flock of beautiful birds out of the bushes. The duckling had never seen any like them before. They were swans; and they curved their graceful necks, while their soft plumage shone with dazzling whiteness. They uttered a singular cry as […]

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french restaurant in santa barbara, california

The Euro Food Scene in Santa Barbara

 destinations,food,photography   Aug 5, 2016    By

“To me, a critic is some loser who has no idea… someone with an opinion. We all have opinions. No offense, but what makes them dictate what is cool and what is not.” – What infamous person said that? You’ll have to read to the end for the big reveal! I decided to play food critic […]

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exploring a cave in iceland

Moving Pictures – Myvatn, Iceland

 Myvatn, destinations,Iceland   Aug 2, 2016    By

There is so much to see in Iceland – waterfalls, volcanoes, puffins, horses, geysers…the list goes on. In an area near Lake Myvatn, my friends and I traversed down to a cave where the ‘hot springs’ were too hot…over 40 degrees Celsius so the government shut it down for bathing a few years back. It […]

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joan of arc statue in reims, france

Yesteryear Europe, July – Rehabilitation of Joan

 Paris, Reims, France,wanderlust   Jul 28, 2016    By

Sometimes a city or region gets pigeonholed because of its name. Does anyone think of Pisa and not imagine their ridiculously leaning tower? Can you possibly visit Vatican City and not run into some pope-themed, tacky souvenir? That’s why my expectations for variety were low when I visited the champagne region of France. I thought […]

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