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Muir Woods: Hiking Under the Mighty Coastal Redwoods

Muir Woods: Hiking Under the Mighty Coastal Redwoods
Text & photos © Catherine Nichols and Sam Nichols I BELIEVE THERE ARE no coincidences. Let me explain my assertion. On a recent trip to San Francisco, I stayed at an AirBnb with my girls in the quaint, small town of Fairfax in Marin. The hostess sent me a text wanting to know when I was going...
August 13th, 2016 | MIND&HEART, STAFF, WALKING/HIKING | Read More

A 3.2 km Spring walk through Feleacu Village, Romania

A 3.2 km Spring walk through Feleacu Village, Romania
Text & photos © Estrella Azul THE OTHER DAY I needed to take a moment to brag: I walked 6.9 km, and biked 6.4 km, which brought the total to 13.3 km in just one afternoon! This reminded me of the time I was tutoring English while holding down three other jobs, and used to walk to all of them. The...
July 23rd, 2016 | ACTIVITIES, MIND&HEART, EUROPE, WALKING/HIKING | Read More

Chanticleer: A pleasure garden 30 minutes from Philadelphia

Chanticleer: A pleasure garden 30 minutes from Philadelphia
Text & photos © Catherine Nichols HEADING OFF INTO THE SUNSET on Route 76 after leaving the Main Line suburbs of Philadelphia in the rear-view mirror, I never imagined I would go back. I closed the door on Philly and thought I had thrown the key so far into the weeds that I would never see it...
July 7th, 2016 | MIND&HEART, GARDENS & PARKS | Read More

Split, Croatia: The Perfect City for a Weekend Break

Split, Croatia: The Perfect City for a Weekend Break
Images courtesy Pixabay and Giannis Pitarokills, used under the Creative Commons license IT’S NORMAL around this time of year to start craving a holiday. The festive season is done and dusted, your New Year’s resolutions have taken the fun out of your weekends, and your bank account is finally...
January 29th, 2016 | EUROPE | Read More

Sweater weather in full force, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Sweater weather in full force, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Text & photos © Estrella Azul IT’S THAT TIME of year when I’m wearing sweaters again, cardigans, long-sleeve shirts and over-sized scarves, fuzzy socks and boots. I feel all snuggly and really getting into the fall spirit. Colorful hillside! I actually used to live in that building when...
November 8th, 2015 | ACTIVITIES, EUROPE, WALKING/HIKING, ★ Rewind 2 | Read More

How to not over-pack luggage when traveling for both work and fun

How to not over-pack luggage when traveling for both work and fun
Text & photos © Estrella Azul THIS SUMMER I was traveling from Romania to London for work, and I had some fun on the side staying at my friend’s place over the weekend. I had so much fun I want to talk about my trip—but first start by sharing some tips and suggestions for that stressful...
September 24th, 2015 | TIPS&SECRETS, STAFF, EUROPE, TRAVEL PREP | Read More

Funky Signs: Loreto, Baja – Cactus or Beer?

Funky Signs: Loreto, Baja – Cactus or Beer?
Text & photo © Milli Thornton. I refuse to go behind the bars at this storefront in Loreto, Baja California, and find out they sell the usual Tecate beer and maybe some bottled agua. I propose this is merely an edifice. In my happy imagination, you walk through the door and it opens into a flowering...
June 2nd, 2015 | FUNKY SIGNS | Read More