Big Sur in One Day: Itinerary & Must See Spots

Whenever I told people we would be moving to California for 6 months, almost everyone kept saying I shouldn’t miss Big Sur. Somehow we thought we would need a couple of days to visit so ended up postponing it for months. I wasn’t very clear on what was the best way to explore Big Sur. After doing some research, I realized that is it totally possible to make a day trip and that there isn’t a “right” or “wrong” way…
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How to spend a weekend in Sequoia National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon are called “hiker’s parks” and rightfully so. There’s plenty of hiking trails to choose from and each of them gives something special to remember: from giant sequoias to waterfalls, quiet lakes and mountain top views. We visited the parks during mid-April, which is still considered winter season. Some of the hiking trails and spots such as Crystal Cave and Cedar Grove were closed, but on the flip side there were fewer crowds and on many occasions,…
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The Ultimate Guide to Horseshoe Bend

Horseshoe Bend has become increasingly popular over the past few years. I’m sure you’ve come across pictures on Instagram many times. Its location (close to both Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon) makes it a must see for travellers exploring Arizona. I was beyond excited to see Horseshoe Bend in person and it didn’t disappoint. The views were nothing short of spectacular. It was immense, dramatic and a bit scary, even! Keep on reading to learn: Horseshoe Bend – what is…
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5 fun things to do in Lake Tahoe (for non-skiers)

Lake Tahoe is a large freshwater lake that straddles the state line between California and Nevada and it’s estimated to be 2 millions old! It is a wonderful destination that can be enjoyed all year round – you can do winter sports during the cold months or go for a swim in the lake in the summer. When we booked our trip to South Lake Tahoe, little did we know that it would be the weekend with the heaviest snow of the season! (we were there…
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San Francisco’s Famous Mosaic Steps

On a sunny yet cold morning, we decided to go to San Francisco and check out Golden Gate Heights neighbourhood, where you can find the famous mosaic steps a.k.a. “16th Avenue Tiled Steps” or “Moraga steps”. Ever since coming across a picture of the steps on Instagram, I was curious to see it (and climb them!). What I didn’t know was that this work of art has a pretty cool story behind it: this stairway was created by the local neighbours,…
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Mission District Murals Tour (San Francisco)

Mission District can be likened to an open-air art gallery: this Latino neighbourhood boasts more than 100 documented murals that adorn unassuming alleyways, wooden fences and shop facades! Last week I decided to put together a DIY walking tour and go check them out. I literally took hundreds of pictures but on this post I wanted to share some of my favorite spots & murals. Overall it was a visually captivating and thought-provoking experience – highly recommend it if you’re…
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How to spend a weekend in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park has quickly become one of my favorite places on the planet. Such an statement, I know! But people who have been there would definitely agree. We recently spent 2 full days exploring and hiking Yosemite Valley and fell in love with the views, the fresh air and the magical atmosphere of this place. I have to admit that I didn’t know much about Yosemite besides the famous “El Capitan” rock. So when we confirmed our trip I…
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How morning walks have changed my life for the better

Gosh it’s March already! – how are you keeping up with your fitness resolutions? I have to admit that I haven’t been able to make much progress in that department and there’s a couple of reasons (excuses?) for that. Firstly, we moved countries (we relocated from Hong Kong to California in January), and naturally we were busy settling in and all that. Then, just when I was getting started on a yoga routine, I had a really bad case of…
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Planning a perfect day in Sonoma Valley

Even way before we moved to the US, a trip to the Wine Country in California has always been on my bucket list. Not that I’m a wine connoisseur (I’m far from being one!), but the thought of sipping wine in such beautiful settings on a sunny day makes my heart jump in excitement. Last weekend we finally rented a car and headed to Sonoma Valley. We picked Sonoma instead of Napa as our first destination in the wine country…
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