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Hi! I am Sarah, the webmaster. I ride a Honda Shadow 750.
I put together some notes and photos about my favorite destinations
in case you like them as much as I do. Godspeed!
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Full Cold Moon on English Bay -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 14 December 2016
The West End of Vancouver is an absolutely beautiful place where to live.

Siwash Rock Trail in Stanley Park -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 19 November 2016
The pinnacle on the right of the photo is Siwash Rock, on the south side of Stanley Park. Notice the concrete platform on the cliff to the left, the Siwash Rock Viewpoint. On the platform, a plaque ...

The Tall Trees of Stanley Park in Autumn -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 27 October 2016

End of September at the Rose Garden of Stanley Park -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 9 October 2016
We thought it was already too late to see beautiful flowers at the Rose Garden, but I think these are among the most beautiful of the whole summer: Back at the Pavilion - Can't get ...

End-of-Summer Flower Beds at The Pavilion of Stanley Park -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 19 September 2016
Flowers in front of the Pavilion at the beginning of September: View from the terrace of The Stanley's: A peaceful and relaxing environment for a light meal with wine and a chat with ...

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley, California -- Sarah in Simi Valley -- 11 May 2016
Visit to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley, California. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute, among many things, sustains the Library; I like the President’s quote ...

Beauti-ful Nanaimo-Vancouver Ferry Trip on the Queen of Oak Bay -- Sarah in British Columbia -- 7 May 2016
I dedicate this page to my friend Fiona who was waiting for me at the end of this beautiful trip in British Columbia, Canada. Her full name is Fiona She-Who-Adds-Sparkle-to-Misty-Scenes (friends with ...

Pilgrimage through the locations of the movie Mask and homage to Rusty Dennis -- Sarah in Monrovia CA -- 26 April 2016
This page is for those of you who remember the 1985 movie "Mask" with Sam Elliott and Cher. Nobody else would be interested in this page. The movie is based on the life of young Rocky Dennis who was ...

April Jasmin Galore at Troy's Greek Restaurant -- Sarah in San Diego -- 21 November 2015
Troy's Greek Restaurant, on Friars Rd in the Mission Valley of San Diego, is one of my favorite restaurants in San Diego: I eat breakfast there once or twice a week, early morning. Food is high ...

Horseshoe Bay -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 11 October 2015
Horseshoe Bay is a lovely little port where ferries come and go to/from the islands nearby including Vancouver Island (I recommend the ferry trip to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island). There is an ...

The Road to Whistler BC: Part 1 - The Lions Gate Bridge and Sea to Sky Highway to Horseshoe Bay -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 18 September 2015
The following pics were taken from the Lions Gate Bridge (between Stanley Park and North Vancouver, built 1937-38 by the the local Guinness family - yep, related to the Irish Guinness beer) to the ...

The Road to Whistler BC: Part 2 - Eye Candy All the Way -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 23 September 2015
For those of you who enjoy driving through a North West forest, including riding a motorcycle, this trip is a treat: Pretty even under the rain:

The Road to Whistler BC: Part 3 - The Most Beautiful Vistas of the Trip -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 22 September 2015
In my opinion, these are the most beautiful views on Highway 99 "Sea to Sky" on the way to Whistler. On the next 4 pictures, views of Howe Sound, Bowen Island, Gambier Island, Anvil Island: ...

The Road to Whistler BC: Part 4 - They worked hard! -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 20 September 2015
The road to Whistler (Google Map below) is now a totally beautiful highway that I highly recommend. But it was only for the Winter Olympic Games of 2010, partially held in Whistler, that this road ...

The Road to Whistler BC: Part 5 - Brandywine Falls Provincial Park (including 2 orbs!) -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 19 September 2015
This lovely park is about 11 miles South of Whistler on the Sea to Sky Highway (Highway 99). It's worth a stop. For our spiritualist visitors: A treat. Two absolutely beautiful orbs: one on the ...

Stanley Park - Part 1: Real Nice Orbs -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 12 August 2015
I discovered these 5 gems in the middle of some 350 photos of Stanley Park taken very quickly on a sunny day at the end of May. Some orbs seems to appear at the same location in 2 photos, but on ...

Stanley Park - Part 2: The Lawns and Trees of the Rose Garden -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 12 August 2015
This area of Stanley Park is just south of the Rose Garden. Lots of wedding pictures here. One way to arrive here is using the beautiful South Creek Trail that comes from Beaver Lake: Pleasure to ...

Stanley Park - Part 3: Big trees -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 11 August 2015
The sign below reminds us that the life of a tree is not always easy…. “The violent windstorm of December 2006 severely damaged more than 10% of the Stanley Park forest, downing over 10,000 trees…" ...

Stanley Park - Part 4: Beaver Lake -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 7 August 2015
Beaver Lake is a charming pond situated in the middle of Stanley Park. Being a forest lake, it is slowly shrinking as the surrounding vegetation is taking over. Year after year, there is less water ...

Stanley Park - Part 5: Miles of Trails Through the Old Growth Rain Forest -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 4 August 2015
Stanley Park is crisscrossed by beautiful trails (link to Google Maps, Stanley Park). The pictures below were taken on a sunny day at the end of May. The leaves were still young and semi transparent ...

Stanley Park - Part 6: Prospect Point -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 1 August 2015
Prospect Point appears at the very top of the map of Stanley Park (center): On the way to/from Prospect Point, one of the paths passes near the Southern entrance of the Lions Gate Bridge. The ...

Rose Garden of Stanley Park - Part 1: White and Red Roses -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 17 July 2015
Here are some views of the Rose Garden of Stanley Park in Vancouver BC mid-June 2015 (Parts 1 to 5). I spoke to Jesse (photo at the bottom of the page), one of the rose gardeners who has been working ...

Rose Garden of Stanley Park - Part 2: Rose Roses -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 17 July 2015
No name for this beautiful rose unfortunately. They were so many that the stems were bending to the ground under the heavy weight:

Rose Garden of Stanley Park - Part 3: Rose Roses - Multiple Colors -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 17 July 2015
Remarkable: Many hues of rose in the same bush, from flower to flower (I looked and looked for the name of this rose but could not find it):

Rose Garden of Stanley Park - Part 4: Belle Danielle, a romantic pink rose -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 17 July 2015
Belle Daniele, my favorite by far:

Rose Garden of Stanley Park - Part 5: Yellow Roses -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 17 July 2015
Karl Ploberger: Sunshine Day Dream (2 pics): Easy Going: Peau Douce (2 pics): Julia Childs: I could not find the name of the next rose (4 pics): Golden Fairy Tale (2 pics):

Hundreds of Orbs during Evening Service of Holy Saturday 2015, also a Blood Moon Evening -- Sarah in San Diego -- 16 April 2015
For those of you who are not familiar with orbs appearing on photos, I used arrows in the previous post of mid March 2015 to highlight them – See “Lots of orbs in front of the Alcala Mission”. The ...

Lots of orbs in front of the Alcala Mission -- Sarah in San Diego -- 9 March 2015
Went out late evening to take photos of the full moon (early March 2015) and of the Alcala Mission. Was delighted to see all these orbs on my photos once I downloaded them to my laptop. The following ...

The Old Mission Dam in the Mission Trails Regional Park -- Sarah in San Diego -- 22 February 2015
The little dam on the San Diego River is at the Eastern end of the Junipero Serra Bike Trail that I mentioned in an earlier post: About 2 miles East of the intersection of Highway 15 and Highway ...

The Junipero Serra bike trail (between Mission Valley and Santee): A little slice of heaven... -- Sarah in San Diego -- 20 February 2015
Ohhhh it's nice...Truly a little slice of heaven. And bless the heart of the one who fought for his/her idea to separate the bicycle/pedestrian lane from the car lane: It's like going home ...

San Diego's Ocean Beach -- Sarah in San Diego -- 17 February 2015
This dramatically beautiful area is just South of the Ocean Beach pier:

One of the wonderful bike paths of San Diego: The Ocean Beach Bike Path -- Sarah in San Diego -- 17 February 2015
I like to ride early morning, when the sun is still low. There are not many cyclists. Life is serene. The view on this path is soothing (following a river is meaningful to my reptilian brain). Here ...

My Favorite San Diego Breakfast Restaurants -- Sarah in San Diego -- 16 February 2015
My favorite, year after year, remains the Coyote Cafe in the Old Town (more than a breakfast restaurant though, open until 10:30 pm). Here is one third of the building (it's a huge restaurant): ...

San Diego's Ocean Beach Pier -- Sarah in San Diego -- 6 February 2015
It's an impressive pier, with a perpendicular section at the end providing great views of the beach and of the ocean. From the end: Minimalist view: There is a little cafe at the end, a ...

The Spreckels Organ Pavilion at the Balboa Park of San Diego -- Sarah in San Diego -- 21 July 2014
From the web page of the Spreckels Pavilion on the site of the Balboa Park: "John D. and Adolph Spreckels donated the Spreckels Organ, one of the world's largest outdoor pipe organs, to the City ...

Awwww.... those huge Mexican breakfasts - Part 1: El Fandango, Living Room, Casa De Reyes -- Sarah in the Old Town of San Diego -- 22 June 2014
After a 10 mile bicycle ride from Mission Valley to the Old Town, it's a pleasurable moment to sit down in a quiet restaurant just as they open for breakfast, before the tourists start arriving, ...

Awwww.... those huge Mexican breakfasts - Part 2: Coyote Cafe -- Sarah in the Old Town of San Diego -- 22 June 2014
The Coyote Cafe is well known in San Diego. Although it is quite a large place as you can see, it is often full, both tourists and locals. My favorite table is on the terrace on the left of the ...

The Del Coronado Hotel: The Beach (always!), some nostalgia and some artistic railings -- Sarah in San Diego -- 18 June 2014
If there is a sight in this world that means “infinity” to me, it is this one: A bit to the left: A few feet behind, the perfect landscaping of the grounds of the Del: I was a bit surprised to ...

The Boathouse Restaurant and Marina of the Del Coronado Hotel on Coronado Island, San Diego -- Sarah in San Diego -- 12 June 2014
Located across the street from the Hotel, on Strand Way, the boat house of the Del is beautiful from any angle. Front: View from the South: The porch: Close up. Isn't it a romantic rail? ...

Temptation in San Diego's Old Town: A sea of small, adorable and totally useless but totally irresistible objects -- Sarah in California -- 26 December 2013
Guys won't understand this page because they get totally annoyed at this type of things. But many gals understand that the US economy is 70% based on consumerism. So, let's see... First you ...

For the California Highway Lovers: 50 miles of Breathtaking Beauty on Hwy 5 North of Los Angeles -- Sarah in Socal -- 18 October 2013
Google Map of the area: Highway 5 North of Los Angeles: Beginning of the journey, just before the junction with Hwy 126 (which goes West towards coastal Highway 1 in Ventura): It's ...

San Diego's Balboa Park - Part 1: White Roses at the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden -- Sarah in San Diego -- 2 October 2013
I did quite a lot of traveling in the past 4 decades but have never seen seas of roses like the San Diego Rose garden. Nothing close. Just when one takes a deep breath after going through the first ...

San Diego's Balboa Park - Part 2: Orange Roses at the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden -- Sarah in San Diego -- 1 October 2013
There are not as many orange roses in the Park as there are yellow ones (Part 3 below), but some are totally spectacular. If you feel a need for the orange color to recharge your second chakra right ...

San Diego's Balboa Park - Part 3: Yellow Roses at the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden -- Sarah in San Diego -- 28 September 2013
Frankly, before visiting this park, I had never seen so many roses, specifically never seen so many yellow roses (my favorites). You may find some of the following pictures of thousands of yellow ...

San Diego's Balboa Park - Part 4: Pink Roses at the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden -- Sarah in San Diego -- 27 September 2013
Without disturbing any rose, without cutting them from their normal life cycle (I don't like cut flowers), walking here is as close as possible to taking a bath of pink roses. ...

San Diego's Balboa Park - Part 5: Special Trees -- Sarah in San Diego -- 24 September 2013
This Moreton Bay fig tree is a BIG tree, as you can see from the relative size of the cars parked behind. I am glad that it is protected all around by a fence. Base of the tree: According to the ...

San Diego's Balboa Park - Part 6: Cactus Garden -- Sarah in San Diego -- 24 September 2013
I am not a cactus person, but I can tell when a cactus is nice. And these are all nice. Enjoy! From the page of the Cactus Garden on the website of the Balboa Park: "1935 (Old) Cactus Garden - This ...

Highway #1 in Pretty Encinitas, California (North of San Diego) -- Sarah in California -- 5 September 2013
Highway #1 in Encinitas is a great place where to go have lunch and chat with a friend. It's a little bourgeois, a little focused on perfection, but not overwhelmingly so, and overall it is ...

Views Near the Top of Palomar Mountain, Back Country of San Diego -- Sarah in California -- 30 July 2013
Information board at the Kica Mik Overlook in the Cleveland National Forest: Panorama of San Diego's Backcountry, in itself a sufficient reason to travel to SoCal. Views from the Overlook: ...

The Melted Motorcycle Tires and the Wheelchair -- Sarah in California -- 28 July 2013
You just passed the pictures of the rear wheel of a racing motorcycle that I saw parked at Mother's Kitchen Restaurant, at the top of the Palomar Mountain where I went for a ride on my own ...

The Beautiful Immaculate Conception Church in the Old Town of San Diego -- Sarah in San Diego -- 24 July 2013
The Church was opened in 1917 but the European history of the location itself goes back to 1542 when Captain Cabrillo landed nearby with 2 ships on behalf of the Spanish Crown (interesting "History ...

Inside the Botanical Building at the Balboa Park, San Diego -- Sarah in San Diego -- 21 July 2013
For those who are still linked to the Victorian era like me, this building is a treat for the eyes and for the soul. And if in addition you happen to like lattice and fern/palms, this site will ...

Exterior of the Botanical Building, Balboa Park, San Diego -- Sarah in San Diego -- 26 July 2013
"The Botanical Building is widely acclaimed as the most photographed spot in San Diego. Alfred D Robinson, a founder and President of the San Diego Floral Society, suggested the construction of a ...

From Mission Valley (San Diego) to Santa Ysabel via Ramona, routes 67 and 78 -- Sarah in California -- 18 July 2013
These 2 routes, 67 and 78, are among the nicest in SoCal where to ride a bike. I can't get tired of them. Most of the beautiful places along these roads though are not here because I could not ...

La Jolla Cove and Underwater Park, San Diego -- Sarah in California -- 15 July 2013
La Jolla Cove is about 1 1/2 miles to the West of Soledad Mountain, at the end of Hwy 52, in the Northern part of San Diego. Beside a small but beautiful beach, the Cove also hosts an underwater ...

Post Card Collection on the Board Walk of the Del Coronado Boat House -- Sarah in Coronado (South of San Diego), California -- 10 July 2013
This collage of pictures and post cards from the early times of the Del Coronado Hotel is located near the Coronado Boat House, on the walk along the water: Past and Present Omelette for the Eyes: ...

Beach stops North of San Diego on Hwy 101 between Encinitas and La Jolla -- Sarah in California -- 7 May 2013
Carfiff Beach, almost in front of Ki's Restaurant: Looking North: Looking South: Magnificent SoCal views along Hwy 101 just before Torrey Pines, looking North: In case like me you wonder ...

Another Cantina bar in Pacific Beach, California: The very photogenic Cabo Cantina -- Sarah in California -- 24 April 2013
I tend to be perfectionist (although less and less as I am very well aware that perfectionism is an illness - balance is the virtue, not perfection) and I like to live in a very clean and organized ...

San Elijo Camp, Cardiff-by-the-Sea (North of San Diego) -- Sarah in California -- 21 April 2013
These pictures were taken at the top of the bluff at the San Elijo State Beach Campgrounds on Highway 101, North of San Diego. The parking lot itself is quite spectacular (my bike - extreme left - ...

The Junipero Serra Museum, Presidio Park, San Diego, Part 1 - The Building -- Sarah in California -- 15 April 2013
The Serra Museum overlooks the corner of highways 5 and 8 in Presidio Park in San Diego. I left a lot of the blue sky on this photo so you can feel the sunny waves of this beautiful Southern ...

Serra Museum, Presidio Park, San Diego, Part 2 - Gardens -- Sarah in California -- 15 April 2013
The gardens are very well kept, a lovely place where to spend some time meditating, looking at San Diego in the far distance, or just visiting the monuments that honor soldiers. Here is my favorite ...

Mission San Diego de Alcala (Part 1): The Church inside and outside -- Sarah in California -- 3 April 2013
Perched on a hill, the Mission is a nice visual surprise in a modern city like San Diego, simply pretty and inviting: Interesting historical details of the construction of the church from the ...

Mission San Diego de Alcala (Part 2): The Gardens -- Sarah in California -- 3 April 2013
The gardens of the Mission are a welcome oasis in a large city criss-crossed by expressways like San Diego: Historical facts from the information panel above: Statue of Padre Senna, the ...

Pacific Beach Cantina -- Sarah in California -- 3 April 2013
Pacific Beach reminds me a little of my dear Venice Beach (a friend once compared both by saying that Venice Beach is a mix of flavored ice creams while Pacific Beach is more like vanila ice cream). ...

Pacific Beach (in the North of San Diego) -- Sarah in California -- 2 April 2013
Pacific Beach is a beautiful beach and a Venice-Beach-like community in the North of San Diego. Residential area close to the pier: Nearby, looking South: Notice the small houses lining the Pier: ...

Mount Soledad, San Diego -- Sarah in California -- 2 April 2013
I posted some photos of Mount Soledad a few years ago, but here are more views from more angles. This is one of the most beautiful places in San Diego and I want to celebrate it with more photos. ...

My pilgrimages at the Swallows Inn in San Juan Capistrano -- Sarah in California -- 2 April 2013
Note: For privacy, on the photos I covered the patrons with blue rectangles For people who value freedom above anything else (like I do), this is THE pilgrimage! I will let the pictures talk for ...

The New Self Realization Fellowship (SRF) Chapel in Encinitas, California - Part 1: Outside the Chapel -- Sarah in California -- 18 February 2013
This is the new SRF OverFlow Chapel, located half way between the Temple and the Hermitage, on Second Street in Encinitas. View from the parking lot: The patio: The railing of the patio: Same ...

The New Self Realization Fellowship (SRF) Chapel in Encinitas, California - Part 2: Inside the Chapel -- Sarah in California -- 18 February 2013
The front of the sanctuary: Peaceful and beautiful (for privacy, on the photo, I covered each Devotee with a small triangle) The Teen Room: A photo of Yogananda at the entrance of the Teen ...

Self Realization Fellowship (SRF) Temple in Encinitas, California -- Sarah in California -- 18 February 2013
Always an oasis, a place of peace, a port: The SRF Temple on Second Street in Encinitas Impeccable landscaping (like at any SRF location): View of the sidewalk and parking lot: Isn't it an ...

Just beside the SRF Temple, the popular Darshan Bakery and Cafe -- Sarah in California -- 18 February 2013
The Darshan Bakery is a treat for coffee and pastry lovers, and also for the eyes of the visitors because it blends seamlessly with the peaceful harmony of the SRF Temple just beside: Irresistible ...

California Highway 18 to Crestline #1: These Photos are Dedicated to the Lovers of California's Blue Skies -- Sarah in California -- 13 February 2013

California Highway 18 to Crestline #2: VISTAS!!! -- Sarah in California -- 13 February 2013
How I love this part of the world!!

California Highways 18 and 138 to Crestline #3: Curving Roads Perfect for a Motorcycle Ride -- Sarah in California -- 13 February 2013
On some of the photos below, you will see the same road reappearing, after a U turn or two, on a higher section of the mountain:

California Highway 18 to Crestline #4: Climbing !! -- Sarah in California -- 13 February 2013
I hope you can feel from these pictures how steep the highway is at some places. The first time at least, driving there creates a delicious roller coaster feeling: Below is the ...

California Highway 18 to Crestline #5: Dramatic Grey Skies -- Sarah in California -- 13 February 2013
The one below was missed, but what a beautiful miss ! Our car was going quite fast and I did not have the time to raise the camera; the result is that I got the rail and two posts, ...

California Highway 18 to Crestline #6: Colors of the 1950's and Close Up on Vegetation -- Sarah in California -- 13 February 2013
I played with the light exposure of the following photos, increasing the highlights and midtones. The result is a 'look and feel' that we used to get in the post cards of the 1960's. ...

Coal Harbour: Harbour Green Park, the Waterfront Stores and Restaurants, and Back to Denman Street -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 13 November 2012

The Marinas of Coal Harbour, Skyline and Sea Wall -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 11 November 2012
Helter skelter, pictures of the marinas along the Sea Wall between the Pan Pacific Hotel and Stanley Park. If there seems to be a lot of boats on those pictures... it's because there are a lot of ...

The Pan Pacific Hotel and views of Burrard Inlet -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 9 November 2012
The Cascades Lounge of the beautiful Pan Pacific Hotel, water front, downtown Vancouver: On the left, the orginal East Building of the Convention Center/Pan Pacific Hotel, and on the right the ...

Halloween Ghost Train of Stanley Park - Part I: On the Train and through the Halloween Maze -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 8 October 2012
The grounds in front of the departure gate and the 2 sides of the Ghost Train railroad are really nicely decorated for Halloween. Even the ticket (on the left) is quite artistic. My camera could not ...

Halloween Ghost Train of Stanley Park - Part II: The Area in Front of the Departure Gates -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 8 October 2012
A great place for kids and their parents, for lovers, for seniors - the "Inner Child" of everybody is happy here: Follow this sign in the dark that says "Haunted Cafe" (on the left) and after a ...

Denman Street at Night, Late September -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 30 September 2012
The BaySide Lounge is located at the corner of Denman and Beach Ave, second floor (over the Starbucks), overlooking English Bay: One of the nicest locations in North America. This is the bar, right ...

Sept 22: Last Few Weeks of Flower Glory at the Pavilion of Stanley Park -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 23 September 2012
Dedicated to Fiona: The flowers of the Pavilion at their very best this September 22. Here is the view just below the terrace of the Pavilion where it is still pleasant to have lunch, even on rainy ...

Labor Day Flowers in Stanley Park - Part 1: Roses, Impatiens and Dahlias -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 9 September 2012

Labor Day Flowers in Stanley Park - Part 2: Flower Beds -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 9 September 2012

Labor Day Flowers in Stanley Park - Part 3: The Pavilion -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 9 September 2012

Labor Day Flowers in Stanley Park - Part 4: The Terrace of the Pavilion -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 9 September 2012
The view from the Terrace: The tall trees of Stanley Park, a very soothing environment:

Labor Day Flowers in Stanley Park - Part 5: The Small Pond near the Pavilion -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 9 September 2012

Vancouver blooming in April - Part 1: Some of my favorites -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 17 June 2012
Soft and soothing, blue and pink: Small park at Gilford and Haro, one block from Stanley Park: Northern half of the same small park: Path covered with pink cherry blossom petals: Same path, ...

Vancouver blooming in April - Part 2: Flowers in Stanley Park -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 17 June 2012
The North side of the Pavilion of Stanley Park, which was built in 1911: Tulips in front of the Pavilion: Lawn in front of the Pavilion, from a different angle: Bush covered with small flowers, ...

Vancouver blooming in April - Part 3: Street Flower Vases -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 16 June 2012
Vases of yellow tulips maintained by the staff of the Vancouver Parks Board, near the Buchan Hotel (seen in the background) on Haro St: More yellow tulips: From a different angle: Vase of ...

Vancouver blooming in April - Part 4: As Seen From The Street -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 16 June 2012
West of Denman, 2 blocks from the beach: White rhododendron, corner of Gilford St: Same house with the street flower vases Azaleas at the entrance of an apartment building nearby: East of ...

Vancouver, The Ted and Mary Greig Rhododendron Garden - Part 1: Yellow & Orange -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 12 June 2012
The Ted and Mary Greig Rhododendron Garden, Mother's Day 2012 - Part 1: Yellow & Orange Located on the South-East side of Stanley Park, between Lost Lagoon and Second Beach - "In all, about ...

Vancouver, The Ted and Mary Greig Rhododendron Garden - Part 2: Pink & Red -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 12 June 2012
The Ted and Mary Greig Rhododendron Garden, Mother's Day 2012 - Part 2: Pink & Red Located on the South-East side of Stanley Park, between Lost Lagoon and Second Beach - "In all, about 4,500 ...

Vancouver, The Ted and Mary Greig Rhododendron Garden - Part 3: White & Mauve -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 12 June 2012
The Ted and Mary Greig Rhododendron Garden, Mother's Day 2012 - Part 3: White & Mauve Located on the South-East side of Stanley Park, between Lost Lagoon and Second Beach - "In all, about 4,500 ...

Vancouver: White Cherry Blossom (April) -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 11 June 2012
Photos of white cherry blossom in the West End of Vancouver, in April. Corner of Georgia and Denman: In front of the Sylvia Hotel: In Stanley Park (near Miniature Farm): Near ...

Vancouver: Pink Cherry Blossom (April) -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 11 June 2012
Photos of pink cherry blossom in the West End of Vancouver, in April: Below: Mole Hill Houses.

California: Nacimiento-Fergusson Road, off Hwy 1 (between Monterey & San Luis Obispo) -- Sarah in California -- 24 January 2012
Absolutely delicious California Sunday drive, mid January, northbound on Hwy 1 from Oxnard and then up the mountain on the narrow, steep and winding Nacimiento-Fergusson Road (Road 22S01), all the ...

California: Beautiful vistas - Photos taken while riding along the Southern California coast -- Sarah in California -- 27 November 2011
View from the Santa Barbara Pier, looking South: The Pier itself, looking West towards the Ocean: The Griffith Observatory of Los Angeles, situated on the mountain famous for the white HOLLYWOOD ...

California: Those fabulous purple trees (Jacaranda) in Venice -- Sarah in Venice -- 2 November 2011
Large Jacaranda trees on Appleton Way in Venice, early June. To me, they looked surreal because I had never seen purple trees before. I used to ride my bicycle on that street every day on my way to ...

California: Remembering Yogananda while riding throughout South California -- Sarah in SoCal -- 2 November 2011
"On March 7, 1952, the great guru entered mahasamadhi, a God‑illumined master’s conscious exit from the body at the time of physical death" (source: website of Yogananda's Self ...

California: The Rock Store, a famous biker hangout on Mulholland Hwy (in the hills behind Malibu) -- Sarah in Malibu -- 13 August 2010
The Rock Store: Restaurant (great breakfasts) and bar open on weekend days. The store itself, viewed from the restaurant: The store and the lower-level restaurant (there is a restaurant on the ...

California: Glorious daily ride on Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) between Point Mugu and Santa Monica -- Sarah on PCH -- 1 November 2011
Riding North, with the 5:00PM sun - Life can't get any better: Riding South, not far from Point Mugu: Same view, with more mountains: Somewhere in Malibu: That sign is totally right. ...

California: Riding in the canyons along Pacific Coast Hwy between Malibu & Point Mugu -- Sarah in Malibu -- 13 August 2010
Baby Buell, my bike. She is the perfect bike for canyon roads: Observation stop near the Rock Store on Mulholland Hwy: Zoom on the same spot The view below: View from one of the canyon roads ...

California: Afternoon at the Del Coronado, San Diego -- Sarah in San Diego -- 1 November 2011
The front of the hotel The famous rotunda: Viewed from a different angle: View from the terrace at the back of the hotel: Special feelings for this place... The swimming pool, of course: ...

California: Venice Beach (the center of my little world) -- Sarah in Venice Beach -- 30 October 2011
There are many things in Venice Beach that remind me of the 1960's. As I did not really live my 1960's, Venice Beach fills that void in my heart. The proximity of the Ocean, the beautiful ...

Vancouver: The Colors of Winter at English Bay -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 27 November 2011
Cold, grey, choppy water at English Bay: End of November: Snow on the mountains. Some 25 years ago, there was almost never any snow in Vancouver, but in the last 5-6 years, the weather has been ...

Vancouver: Early November Along English Bay -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 12 November 2011
English Bay in a reflective mode (I left the picture full screen so you can get a feel for English Bay's beauty under the rain): Same location, looking towards Kitsilano: Half a kilometer to ...

Vancouver: Pretty Autumn Colors in the West End -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 31 October 2011
Typical West End street at the end of October: Haro St, near the Denman Community Center: How our streets looked before their Autumn colors: This is the end of Robson, near Stanley Park: ...

Vancouver: My favorite sights downtown -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 29 October 2011
The best coffee in North America: Caffè Artigiano where their coffee is simply enthralling... Their baristas often win prizes for the artistry of their coffee presentations: The sidewalk in front ...

Vancouver: Beautiful Robson Street Under The Rain -- Sarah in Vancouver -- 29 October 2011
Vancouver is a beautiful city. Even under the rain. Which, during the winter, is often... But we get used to it; for example our Christmas reindeers become raindeers…. And life goes on….. The cute ...

Vancouver: English Bay -- Sarah in Vancouver, Canada -- 14 October 2011
English Bay from Second Beach: English Bay from Third Beach: View of West Vancouver approaching Third Beach on the seawall: Third Beach (half way, seawall around Stanley Park): My dear ...

Vancouver: Stanley Park's Lost Lagoon -- Sarah in Vancouver, Canada -- 14 October 2011
Lost Lagoon is the home of The Swans of Stanley Park. View of Lost Lagoon from the north side (near the overpass): View through the branches of a weeping willow tree: Walking under weeping ...

Vancouver: The Rose Garden of Stanley Park - Part 1: The roses -- Sarah in Vancouver, Canada -- 14 October 2011
Stanley Park Pavilion sign on Pipeline Road that crosses the Rose Garden (see the cables for the electric buses): "Chicago Peace", my favorite rose: Close up of 3 "Chicago Peace" roses: Light ...

Vancouver: The Rose Garden of Stanley Park - Part 2: The cottage and flower beds -- Sarah in Vancouver, Canada -- 14 October 2011
The fairy tale cottage, lost in vegetation: Close up of the cottage: The lawn just before the cottage: The sun flower bed: Close up (we can see the Landmark Hotel in the background, one mile ...

Vancouver: The Pavilion of Stanley Park -- Sarah in Vancouver, Canada -- 13 October 2011
The Pavilion, one of the most charming locations of Stanley Park: Close up of the Pavilion: Restaurant entrance: Red umbrellas on the terrace of the restaurant: The garden just in front of ...

California: The Encinitas Hermitage of Yogananda, Self Realization Fellowship (SRF) - Part 1: The Hermitage -- Sarah in Encinitas, California -- 10 October 2011
Immaculate lawn (like anything SRF): A friend once told me, "There is perfection... and there is SRF perfection!" Here is an example: Elaborate tiles from India on the North wall of the outdoors ...

California: The Encinitas Hermitage, Self Realization Fellowship (SRF) - Part 2: The garden -- Sarah in Encinitas, California -- 10 October 2011
No worry, no pain resists Yogananda's Peace at the garden of his beloved Hermitage. White perfection and abundance: A friend to most visitors, symbol of the Unfolding Self: The fish pound: ...

California: The Encinitas Hermitage, Self Realization Fellowship (SRF) - Part 3: The bluff and the ocean -- Sarah in Encinitas, California -- 10 October 2011
The so healing garden along the bluff, one of my favorite places on earth. View of the Pacific Ocean from the top of the bluff, always soothing: A little to the left - Swami's Beach and its ...

California: Happy days on the beaches of Oxnard -- Sarah in Oxnard -- 22 January 2011
Blending, blending with the sand, the ocean, the sky, the sun…. No more Sarah for a while…. All the worries disappear... More blending… You can see above the horizon, a satellite being ...

Mexico: So Many Temptations in Ensenada, Mexico....!! -- Sarah -- 9 January 2011
You will find wonderful gifts to celebrate your beauty in Ensenada. One of the irresistible jewelry stores, full of very unique creations made of native gems, stones and highest quality silver, is ...

Mexico: My All-Mexican Christmas Gift to Myself -- Sarah -- 21 December 2010
The thought had been lingering in my mind for a while... And suddenly as I passed in front of Fernando's stand on Lopez Mateos, I had the first clear vision of my Christmas gift to myself this ...

Mexico: Christmas at La Tortuga, Ensenada -- Sarah -- 21 December 2010
All the photos below: La Tortuga, my favorite restaurant, delightfully decorated for Christmas. That Christmas tree was really beautiful: A welcome splash of red during those rainy days: Those ...

Mexico: A great Mexican restaurant in Ensenada: Las Cazuelas -- Sarah -- 25 November 2010
Las Cazuelas is not in the tourist zone per say; it's 1/2 mile south of the bridge, just off the Costero Boulevard on Delante. The Mexican food is delicious. And the place itself is very ...

California: PJ's bike -- Sarah -- 1 January 2011
Those of you who read my previous post about Bartels' Harley Davidson in Marina Del Rey will remember PJ (third photo from the top) at Bartels' Motor Clothes Dept. She just sent me a pic of ...

California: Where it all started: Bartels' Harley Davidson in Marina Del Rey, California -- Sarah -- 25 November 2010
Bartels' Harley Davidson ("We race what we sell") in Marina Del Rey is my idea of heaven on earth. It's also one of the most dangerous places for me on earth because I would buy everything in ...

Mexico: Beautiful blouses handmade in Oaxaca, lovely jewels ... And a Big Hug -- Sarah -- 21 November 2010
Each time I miss my Mom a little too much, or if I feel lonely, I make it a point to pass in front of Betty and her daughter Rosa Maria's shop on Lopez Mateos in Ensenada (same block as El Rey ...

Mexico: It's easy to be very happy in Ensenada - Two more examples: El Correcaminos and Las Bugambilias -- Sarah -- 19 November 2010
Yesterday, I discovered two more wonderful restaurants here. El Correcaminos is located just East of San Fernando on La Ruta Del Vino, about 8 miles East of El Sauzal/Ensenada. I had heard about one ...

Mexico: My view in the morning, riding from El Sauzal to Ensenada -- Sarah -- 18 November 2010
Every morning without exception, I ride my motorcycle to the tourist area of downtown Ensenada for a delicious breakfast or brunch. I love every second of the view I have on this 4-mile trip between ...

Mexico: Delicious Italian coffe in Ensenada -- Sarah -- 28 October 2010
There are three places on Lopez Mateos (the tourist street where I go every day without exception) where I get delicious espresso: El Rey Sol, an Internet Cafe one block north of La Tortuga, and at ...

Mexico: Vegan / vegetarian life in Ensenada -- Sarah -- 21 October 2010
I find everything I need here. It's just a matter of asking Alexandra, Louis, Jorge or Omar at one of my favorite restaurants or espresso shops and right away they draw a map on my napkin... 2 ...

Mexico: Tour of the L.A. Cetto Winery in Guadalupe, Baja California - Part 1 -- Sarah -- 26 September 2010
I am so busy living my life that I hardly have time to write about it. Two days ago, I took a (free) tour with (free) wine degustation at the plant of L.A. Cetto in Guadalupe, Baja California, ...

Mexio: Tour of the L.A. Cetto Winery in Guadalupe - Part 2 -- Sarah -- 26 September 2010
Continuation of our visit of the L.A. Cetto winery. Lab or control center: Large tanks outdoors: Impeccable grounds: Madonna: Mexican Heroes: One of the wine degustation rooms: Our guide ...

Mexico: The Oh La La! hill of Ensenada... -- Sarah -- 18 September 2010
For those of you who follow the adventures of my bike Baby Buell and myself in Mexico, you will remember that there was a Lala truck a few days ago that almost turned the undersigned into an ex ...

Mexico: Guadalupe (25 miles north east of Ensenada) -- Sarah -- 18 September 2010
Holy crap... I literally saw myself today spitting on my riding goggles to wipe out a smashed fly with a dirty Kleenex... I am free!! I got rid of all that crap that I studied in school and ...

Mexico: My restaurant life in Ensenada, a new restaurant everyday -- Sarah -- 16 September 2010
There is a great choice of restaurants in Ensenada in the touristic/centro zone. The food is delicious and inexpensive, worth the trip from San Diego: Here is one of my favorite breakfast ...

Mexico: La Ruta Del Vino Part 2. Can't get enough of that road... -- Sarah -- 15 September 2010
I went back today to La Ruta Del Vino because the pavement is very good and there is almost no traffic, an ideal place where to leisurely enjoy one beautiful scenery after another. Today's ...

Mexico: La Ruta Del Vino. Wow! -- Sarah -- 12 September 2010
Ohhh... Mexico has impressed me again! I overcame the fear of riding alone in a new territory - I used fear as a power, and it felt so good!! - and I am just back from a wonderful motorcycle ride 35 ...

Mexico: Beautiful Bufadora, Ensenada -- Sarah -- 24 August 2010
Mmmmm... I am starting to LOVE Mexico. Before I moved to Mexico, I was told over and over that Mexico was a dangerous place. "You will get killed. You will be kidnapped for a ransom. A woman alone… ...