Photos: Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, CA

Hermosa Beach — even in fog, off-season, a beautiful beach and pier. Pier Ave is terrific to explore with many good restaurants and shops. You may spot some tv shows being made or a beach volleyball tournament. Breathe in the salt air …

 

Redondo Beach — stroll the Esplanade (above the beach) or the bike/beach path (which stretches from Santa Monica to Palos Verdes Peninsula). Explore the Redondo Beach Pier and Catalina Ave for good restaurants and fun shopping.

 

 

Photos and quotes about one of my loves, the ocean: The Sea ~ Photos

Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, CA ~ Photos

 

South Coast Botanic Garden, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

When you pay your admission, you receive a welcome map detailing the gardens,  collections and walking paths. There are numerous benches, strategically placed, where you can sit and marvel at the natural beauty.

Use the welcome map to plan your journey. Perhaps you will want to explore the Japanese Garden and Koi Pond, the Children’s Garden, the newly designed Rose Garden, the California native plants, the Garden for the Senses, the Living Wall. Or just wander among the magnificence of nature and find your own path.

South Coast Botanic Garden, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

Photos ~ South Coast Botanic Garden, Palos Verdes, CA

South Coast Botanic Garden, LA ~ Photos

Travel Memoir ~ Central Park, NYC

Travel Memoir ~ NYC

Travel Memoir ~ Photos ~ Manhattan, NYC

Travel Memoir ~ Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

Travel Memoir ~ Munich, Germany

I visited Munich in Spring and it was quite beautiful. It’s a neat city to explore with many interesting shops (yes, I did buy a cuckoo clock) and terrific restaurants. As I did not rent a car, I took a tour to the beautiful Linderhof Palace and the Black Forest.

 

Being in Munich, I had to go to a large beer hall. It was crowded and I cannot imagine what the area must be like during Oktoberfest (very large crowds!). I had heard that beer is the Bavarians favorite drink and it is fabulous. Everyone was in a very jovial mood. I ordered and looked about, noticing that the servers were carrying several (four?) large beer steins in each hand.

 

When the waitress put the beer stein in front of me, I laughed as I realized it was heavy because it was thick glass, filled with the most delicious beer. It was quite unlike the beer I had previously tasted. I immediately understood why the Bavarians love their beer.

 

Everyone at the table toasted “Prost” (German for “cheers”) and we drank, enjoyed the food and became merrier. Visiting a beer hall is a definite “must” when in Munich. The phrase to know is “Ein Bier, bitte” (a beer, please)

 

Memories of my visit to Munich are highlighted by the very warm, generous people, terrific food (especially the pastries and desserts) and Munich beer and the beautiful scenery. I treasure my short stay there as I have life-long marvelous memories of this gorgeous area.

 

Travel well and often and savor your journeys!

 

 

Namaste

Traveling to Nepal in the mid 1980’s was the first time that I encountered the beautiful expression, “Namaste”. Instinctively, I knew that it was far more than a simple greeting. One of my guidebooks translated Namaste as “I welcome the gods that dwell within you.” Another translation which I have on a framed poster in my bedroom is “I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light, and of peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, we are one.”

When I hear Namaste or see it in print, I think not only of the word’s translations but also of the fabulous time I spent in Nepal and the many beautiful people that I met. I think fondly of a smiling father proudly showing me his young son, of the hotel staff going out of their way to ensure that I got on the correct local bus from Kathmandu to Pokhra and the waiters who had such delight when I ordered native food and drink. Namaste is not only the reminder of a beautiful place but of a state of mind.

Read about my adventures  in this beautiful land of towering mountains and radiant smiles.

I wish you Namaste on your journeys.

Travel Memoir ~ Nepal

Travel Memoir ~ Nepal (Addendum)

Travel Memoir ~ Tokyo Disneyland

My favorite memories include …

  • A beautiful sunny day
  • Great memory of my mom and I enjoying our journey to Japan and especially having so much fun at Tokyo Disneyland, truly a magical place
  • Many familiar rides / exhibits
    • Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Peter Pan, Space Mountain, It’s a Small World, Dumbo, Pirates of the Caribbean, Main Street, etc.
  • Spectacular, unique to Tokyo Disneyland exhibits included a terrific panorama about the Sea … this is what probably evolved into Tokyo DisneySea, which opened late summer, 2001
  • “The happiest place on earth” opened its first location outside of the US in Tokyo in April, 1983 .. the atmosphere was fabulous .. familiar yet marvelously different
  • Adults and children seemed to love the place, enjoying the rides and open spaces
  • The Parade was very popular with everyone, with many smiles and lots of laughter
  • Everyone at the Park was very friendly and excited to be there
  • I’d love to return to create new memories, especially to see Tokyo DisneySea

Travel Memoir ~ Japan