The Americas

Visiting Alcatraz Island : The Inescapable Prison

I first tried visiting Alcatraz Island when I arrived in San Francisco almost two years ago. That’s when I found out you need to book tickets weeks ahead or there’ll be no Alcatraz for you. Exactly one year, eight months and 27 days after moving to San Francisco, I clambered onto the Alcatraz…

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National Park Week: Point Reyes Seashore

We closed out National Park Week with a proper hike to Point Reyes National Seashore. When I say “proper”, I mean the kind of hike that leaves you glued to the couch. With a bag of chips within easy reach and an IV of wine. It started off as a…

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Hidden Gems of San Francisco: Hiking Marin Headlands Rodeo Beach

I stumbled on Marin Headlands’ Rodeo Beach by accident (another wrong turn and GPS confusion as well) but it turned out to be one of my favourite hiking adventures in San Francisco. It helped that it was a gorgeous day with a slight breeze and a warm sun overhead. There…

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San Francisco’s Ferry Building

I’ve lived in San Francisco for exactly one year and 10 months now and until yesterday, I’d never stepped foot inside the Ferry Building. This makes me a terrible tourist and a worse travel blogger considering the Ferry Building is such a San Francisco icon and perfect meeting spot. I’m…

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The Saratoga Blossom Festival

Spring is finally here. The morning air’s a little less crisp, the sun feels warmer on your skin and best of all there are flowers blooming everywhere in California. Saratoga, a small town on San Francisco’s peninsula, celebrates as it’s done since 1900 – with a fair. If Lorelai and…

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Visiting Vancouver: 8 Things to see and do

Trying to find cheap flights and accommodation over Thanksgiving weekend in the US is akin to performing dentistry on a crocodile. Impossible without sedatives. Also the sedatives don’t increase your chances at all in this instance. Who brought up sedatives? This is ridiculous. So I set the parameters a little…

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San Francisco Botanical Garden in Pictures

 The San Francisco Botanical Garden staff LOVE New Zealand. There are a few subtle hints pointing to this fact and I’m here to blow this conspiracy wide open. The public garden, which costs $8 for adults, less for children and residents, is situated so that it offers a range of…

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Hidden Gems of San Francisco: Pulgas Water Temple

Welcome to San Francisco’s church of H20. A sanctuary to the sea, and an abbey of aqua. The Pulgas Water Temple. The Beaux-Arts style temple stands alone amid rolling hills on a rural road off 280. It is a monument to a project that dammed a valley near Yosemite National Park…

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Winter Wonderland: Wandering Whimsically In Whistler

As my alliterative headline would suggest, Mr M and I made it to the beautiful ski town of Whistler for Thanksgiving for the first day of the season. Trust me, it wasn’t planned that way, it just happened that the day I booked the tour bus up to Whistler and…

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Aloha Maui: Things to see and do

If relaxing in the sun while cool, clear water laps at your feet is your idea of the perfect holiday, then Maui should be your destination. I’ve been putting off writing about our trip to the Hawaiian island for months now, for one simple reason: we didn’t pack in as…

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