Author: ny_lon@living1

A Guided Tour of Highgate Cemetery in North London
London

One of the Magnificent Seven, Highgate Cemetery in North London

On a cold rainy day, I visited Highgate Cemetery on a whim. I took a guided tour by a volunteer guide who regaled us with fascinating tidbits of history. Divided into two parts, east and west, Highgate Cemetery is one of the great monuments of London. It is Grade I listed by the National Heritage

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Pacific Coast Highway road trip through Big Sur
California

Photo Gallery: A Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip Through Big Sur

The famed landscape of Big Sur in California is nearly vertical with the Santa Lucia mountains behind you and the rocky cliffs to the sea in front of you. On our Pacific Coast Highway road trip through Big Sur this summer, both natural and man-made marvels were spread out before us.  The PCH is merely

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The Winchester Mystery House in San Jose
California

Kooky But Not Very Spooky: The Winchester Mystery House in San Jose

Would you live with construction workers in your house for 24 hours/7 days a week for 38 years?  It would be enough to drive anyone mad.  Supposedly that is what Sarah Winchester did when she built the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California at the turn of the 20th century.  No one knows why

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Contemporary Cool at the Funk Zone in Santa Barbara
California

Contemporary Cool at the Funk Zone in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara prides itself on being the California Riviera (so much so that its trademarked the slogan).  A Riviera anywhere in the world conjures up images of beachside affluence and glamour.  When you think of contemporary cool, you think of Brooklyn.  What do you get when you mix the Riviera and Brooklyn?  Something that is

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Visiting the California Redwoods at Muir Woods with kids
California

Visiting the California Redwoods at Muir Woods With Kids

The mind boggles when you think about how old the California redwoods are.  When some of these trees in Muir Woods were saplings 900 years ago, the world would have been a vastly unrecognisable place.  To put things in perspective, in 1144 AD, the French and Germans were off on a doomed Second Crusade.  In

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Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park
California

In Photos: The Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park

Although it is only September, the mild chill of autumn is in the air in London. August in San Francisco felt the same way. Coming from a heat wave on the East Coast, we felt the nippy weather keenly.  When we visited the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park, the leaves were changing color.

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The Garden of Reflection 9-11 Memorial in Bucks County
Mid-Atlantic

The Garden of Reflection: A Local 9/11 Memorial For A National Tragedy

Although everyone associates New York City with the tragic events of 9/11, that day affected other people near and far.  There are  the obvious consequences such as the tightening of airline security and the wars to eradicate the Taliban. Less known is the fact that some of the victims came from 2 hours away where

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