• Kiyomizu Temple


    #fbf Kyoto

    Did you have to cancel summer travel plans due to the pandemic? I was supposed to go to Ireland in July and had to cancel that, unfortunately. I was literally supposed to leave next week – on the 3rd or 4th I believe. I’m hoping to at least do a weekend trip somewhere, maybe in the New England area since it’s driving distance from me. If you haven’t heard, New Jersey (where I live), New York, and Connecticut announced a joint travel advisory. Anyone traveling to one of these 3 neighboring states from a state with high COVID rates has to quarantine for 14 days. So if I were to…

  • Martha's Vineyard

    Life,  Travel

    #fbf Martha’s Vineyard

    Sharing another flashback Friday today. So many people have been sharing throwbacks lately, back when times were simpler and more carefree. With it about to be Memorial Day Weekend, things are feeling extra strange. Normally, the holiday weekend is the unofficial kickoff to summer. Lots of barbecues, people going to the beach, opening up their pools etc. But, here in NJ, we’re still pretty much in lockdown even though very few restrictions have been eased. Beaches are open now, but social distancing has to be practiced and capacity is limited. State parks are open, but again the same restrictions apply. Non-essential retail is allowed to reopen for curbside pickup only…

  • Angel Island


    #fbf View from Angel Island

    Happy Friday! I could use a vacation right about now, but that’s not happening so I’ll settle for a flashback Friday in the form of a photo from my vacation to San Francisco back in August. This is a view from Angel Island. How amazing would it be to live in one of those houses across the water? Okay, that’s about all the pretending I can do since there’s still a day of work to get through before the weekend!

  • Golden Gate Bridge


    Lombard St., Painted Ladies, & Golden Gate Bridge

    I have to start this post off with a disclaimer that this is an extremely picture heavy post. I tried to narrow it down, but there were too many good ones! And trust me, I have about 3 times more photos from each day of vacation than what actually makes it on here! On our last full day in San Francisco, we went to 3 tourist stops we didn’t get a chance to get to yet in the city. Oddly enough this was our first day of the trip that we stayed in San Francisco the whole day! When we first arrived it was already late afternoon so I don’t…

  • Monterey


    Monterey, Carmel, & 17 Mile Drive

    Happy Wednesday! I hope your week’s going well so far. I got back from my trip to California on Monday night, but I’ve still got some travel posts coming your way. Today, we cover my day trip to Monterey, Carmel, and the scenic 17-mile drive. On Saturday morning we went on another day trip tour with Gray Line. This time on a drive down part of the California coast. Years ago when I visited San Francisco, my family and I drove down the coast via the Pacific Coast Highway over the course of 2 days down to LA and Disneyland so we saw a lot more of the coast. On…

  • Muir Woods


    Muir Woods & Sausalito

    Friday was a slower paced day with a day trip to Sausalito and Muir Woods. It wasn’t part of a tour, just a day trip on our own so we could go at whatever pace we wanted. Granted, we did have to follow the ferry schedule and make it to our reserved shuttle time from Sausalito to Muir Woods. Before getting on the 10am ferry to Sausalito, we walked around and got breakfast at the Ferry Building. It’s similar to Chelsea Market in New York City (but smaller) with lots of little shops and food places. Mostly artisan. They have one of those old fashioned schedule boards where the letters…

  • San Francisco Bay


    Angel Island, Alcatraz, and Fisherman’s Wharf

    On the first full day we had here in San Francisco, we had a full day of sightseeing. I’ve been to Alcatraz and Fisherman’s Wharf before when I was last here a long time ago, but had never been to Angel Island. My cousins who I’m traveling with have never been so we got tickets that included both Angel Island and Alcatraz. Before heading over to the ferry we had breakfast at the Embarcadero and walked down to the pier we were leaving from. The ferry ride over to Angel Island was around 45 minutes and there were spectacular views of the Bay Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, the San…

  • Travel

    Fun Tips for Exploring New Cities When You’re Traveling

    If you love traveling, you’ll know just how exciting it is when you arrive in a big city for the first time. It’s a huge metropolis for you to explore and discover for the very first time and that’s a great feeling. But you also want to make sure you get the most out of the experience, and we’ve got some tips and ideas for how to do that. Read on now to find out all about them. Image Source Talk to the Locals One of the golden rules of travel is that you should always take the time to speak to the locals. They know this city inside out,…

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    California’s Best Hidden Gems

    Picture Credit When you think about traveling to California, you might just think of the famous destinations. You know the places I mean – San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Hollywood. These are huge draws for tourists, but once you’ve visited them you might want to see what else the state has to offer. There are so many hidden gems in California and you don’t always have to stick to the big tourist destinations every time you visit the state. Here are some of the best hidden gems that might be able to distract you away from the usual tourist traps.   Fort Bragg If you head to the Mendocino Coast,…

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    The Hidden Exotic Fraser Island Of Queensland, Australia

    You may think that the stereotypical image of Australia is this huge barren wasteland where only the desert beatles and snakes can thrive. The hot sun is like no other in the world. It’s merciless and will suck the moisture off your skin in just a few minutes. That’s why the biggest and best cities in the country are all coastal settlements. Being close to the water is vital not just for leisure but for the health of the people. However, don’t let this part of the world fool you into think all it offers is sand and sun. There’s something hidden away just off the waist of Queensland. Here…