Warner Bros Studio Tour: Adding Magic and Shattering Illusions

The Central Perk on the set of television show Friends seen at Warner Bros Studio Tour

From the first moment of the Warner Bros Studio tour I was transported from reality. I am embarrassingly star struck, and a bit goofy at these types of places. My highlight list is long as I got to see Leonard and Sheldon’s living room (The Big Bang Theory), sit on the couch at Central Perk (Friends), turn on the bat […]

Classic San Francisco Images

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge as seen from Marin County, looking across to the city of San Francisco California

I couldn’t spend time in my favorite city without snapping a few classic San Francisco images.  My favorite is still a few years old, shot on our last visit: More classic San Francisco Images: A few of the classic San Francisco images that I already blogged about:  I know we missed a few, like Lombard Street and […]

The Saga of a Runaway Sourdough Bread in San Francisco

San Francisco's sourdough bread at Boudin Bakery

I love San Francisco sourdough bread. While we can get sourdough bread in New Zealand, it is just not the same. Unlike most bread recipes that use commercial yeast, sourdough bread relies on wild yeast and the acid that is produced from the bacteria and  lactobacilli in it. If you think about sourdough bread, or analyse it for too long, you […]

Secret Prohibition Room in Sir Francis Drake Hotel, San Francisco

A secret prohibition room at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco California

If you dig deep enough, I imagine every hotel has a story to tell; however, few are as intriguing as San Francisco’s Sir Francis Drake. Centrally located on the cable car line in Union Square, it was the ideal place to stay today, but even more so during prohibition. From our Arrival . . . Passing through […]

A Photo Exploration of the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco

The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco California

I remember the first time I saw the Palace of Fine Arts. I was young, maybe 9 or 10, yet it stuck with me. I think it ignited my love for travel, for recapturing that magical moment of discovery. For me, San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts is a place of peace, of wonder. It’s also a coming home to […]

Is the San Francisco CityPASS a Good Deal?

Cable Car rides are included in the San Francisco City Pass

I lived in San Francisco for 15 years and it is still one of my favorite cities. This is the first visit that we had a San Francisco CityPASS, and I enjoyed it. While I think most people get it for the museum entries, we loved the unlimited transportation on the cable car or the city bus. We took the […]

The Making of an Irish Coffee: Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco

Making an Irish Coffee at Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco

As I sipped my classic Irish Coffee while sitting at the bar of San Francisco’s Buena Vista Cafe, for just a moment I was transported back to a gentler time. Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista is a bit cliché, but it’s part of my history, my memories from living in this town that I love so […]

Giant Redwood Trees of California Put Life in Perspective

In Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, Oregon, USA

It’s a strange feeling, standing amongst the giant redwood trees of Northern California. They surround us with strength and power, towering over us so tall we can rarely see their upper branches. They provided a sharp contrast to the wide open coastal views we had been enjoying as we drove from Astoria along the Oregon Coast. Actually, […]

Planning Pacific Northwest Portion and Our USA Adventure

Muir Wood. Photo by Robert Couse-Baker.

We are busy planning a three part epic USA adventure, which starts in less than a month. Part 1 US Highlights:  Phoenix AZ, Chicago IL, West Palm Beach FL. Part 2 Panama Canal Cruise: Adding six countries so it’s actually much more than a USA Adventure. We have ports in Aruba, Columbia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Canada. Part […]