Paso Robles Wineries

Elena and I spent a bright crisp day in January visiting wineries in Paso Robles, CA on the way to see Leah at Cal Poly.

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WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

These images are of the lobby of the Hyatt Regency/Embarcadero in San Francisco decorated with lights for the holidays.  Click on any image below for a slideshow.

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Christmas in the Park, San Jose, 12/24/12

Annual Christmas in the Park Celebration, Downtown San Jose, 12/24/2012

Annual Christmas in the Park Celebration, Downtown San Jose, 12/24/2012

Everyone visits San Jose’s Christmas in the Park during the holiday season, even the non-Christians.  Its probably the event that San Jose does best.  The family headed to the event on Christmas Eve, expecting attendance to be sparse but there were wall-to-wall people.  Click on any thumbnail below for a  slideshow.

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WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal

What says “renewal” better than a fresh coat of paint?  I learned that the Golden Gate Bridge is always in the state of “being painted”.  Before a paint job on the bridge completes  at one end, another has already started.

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Mexico Vacation IV, Oct 25, 2012

We spent a day in downtown Puerto Vallarta.   The large hotel/resorts are along the waterfront in the middle of the city.  The cruise ships make port calls here.   So there’s plenty of tourist attractions: flea markets, bars, restaurants.

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Puerto Vallarta beachfront

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Mexico Vacation III, October 24-27, 2012

Elena and I went to Mexico for a week; the first visit for both of us.  We got a terrific deal at  a 5*, all inclusive resort in Nuevo Vallarta, just north of Puerto Vallarta.  Did we need this vacation?

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Mexico Vacation II, 10/24/2012

Excursion to San Sebastian del Oeste, which was founded as a mining town in 1605 during the Spanish colonial period.  Gold silver and lead were mined around the area.  Bus trip into the hills from Puerto Vallarta included a tour of  the town, and visits to an organic plantation in town, a historic hotel just outside town and a tequila distillery en route.

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