A taste of San Francisco

Biking the GG bridge

Stopping to lean against the rust orange railings, we feel the vibrations of hundreds of cars thundering by. The sharp wind blows strong at this height, and the fog, like a living beast, rolls and claws its way across the dry hilltops opposite.

Far below, seemingly tiny sailboats skim across the choppy water.

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Monkeying around in the Ubud Monkey Forest

Monkey family with babies in the Sacred Monkey Forest - photo Janice Mucalov

A lot of monkey business goes on at the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud, Bali.

The shady forest is a 30-minute walk downhill from the town center cross-roads. It’s the jungle home to three 11th-century holy temples and over 550 cheeky long-tailed macaque monkeys.

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Lovin’ lots of things to do on Lanai

The beach

Known as the “pineapple island” (because of its past pineapple growing industry), Lanai is a small, privately-owned island – just 13 miles wide by 18 miles long.

But there’s a surprising amount to do on Lanai, considering its postage-stamp size.

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Hi, we’re Santorini donkeys. Welcome to our island!

credit Norbert Nagel

Hello there! We’re Santorini donkeys. We live on the Greek island of Santorini. (Ours is the island where the top was blown off by a volcanic explosion around 1628 BC, leaving behind only a crescent-moon curve of land.)

Perhaps you’ve met us?

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Sweet Sleeps

Casa de Sierra Nevada

Colonial living at Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Checking in at Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada? Don’t look for a cookie-cutter hotel building. The 37 rooms and suites of this Belmond hotel (rebranded from Orient-Express) are…

Kenwood Inn and Spa

Kenwood Inn and Spa amid Sonoma’s vineyards

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Planning all your days tasting Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs at award-winning wineries in Sonoma’s Valley of the Moon? Rethink that if you stay at the Kenwood Inn and…

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Madrona Manor: A romantic B&B in Sonoma

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

After biking one day in Sonoma’s wine country, all we wanted to do was cool off with a dip in Madrona Manor’s pool in the rose garden. Refreshed,…

A dip in your private pool? photo Kayumanis Nusa Dua

Kayumanis villas make a splash in Bali

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Our own pool? Complimentary airport transfers, 30-minute welcome massages and private anytime shuttle service to town? Breakfast and afternoon tea served in our villa? Oh yes, we were…

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“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” -- Jawaharlal Nehru