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Guide to walking over the Golden Gate Bridge

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    Going to San Francisco? Then you MUST set aside a few hours to walk over the iconic Golden Gate Bridge (which is painted red, btw, not gold). It’s a wonderful way to experience the city. You can walk or bike across the 1.5 mile art deco-inspired bridge and enjoy sweeping panoramic views to the Pacific, Marin Headlands, […]

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The new SFMoMA: Something for every generation!

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  A day out with the whole family can be challenging: The kids want to be entertained, grandma gets tired easily and the aunt has very specific dietary requirements! The newly transformed and extended San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) turned out to be a big hit for The Extended Modern Family. With three times more gallery space […]

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Silicon Valley Tech Tour: Top 13 sites to visit

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There’s something a little je ne sais quoi about California’s Silicon Valley. It oozes coolness. Silicon Valley attracts 40% of all venture capital money invested in the U.S and San Jose generates more patents than any other place in the United States. But why the Bay Area? Academics, industry and government research all collided in a perfect storm […]

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Silicon Valley Tech Tour: Tech Museum of Innovation

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  The Tech in California’s Silicon Valley really should’t be called a museum. The word museum conjures up images of old things to look at and admire. The Tech is more of an experience – a place to try things out, learn from what you have done and then do it better. It’s very Silicon Valley. Work while having […]

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San Diego Zoo: 11 tips for visiting

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The San Diego Zoo is one of my all-time favourites. If you find yourself anywhere near Southern California in your travels you HAVE to visit. TripAdvisor recently awarded San Diego Zoo their Traveler’s Choice Number 1 Zoo in the world  – so it has to be true! From Australian koalas to Arctic polar bears and Giant Pandas, the San […]

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San Jose: Visiting Ridge Monte Bello Winery

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I love Silicon Valley success stories, and Ridge Monte Bello is as good as they get. In the 1950s, four Stanford Research Park scientists decided to invest in a defunct vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains high above Silicon Valley. The purpose was a weekend retreat they would share. But the vines beckoned, with sun-kissed […]

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San Francisco: Family hike on Devil’s Slide Trail

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  Did you know you can walk on a portion of California’s famous Highway 1? It’s true! Devil’s Slide Trail is a 1.3-mile stretch of road converted from a  decommissioned segment of Highway 1. It gives unprecedented access to the rocky heights above the Pacific Ocean, and more importantly, the views! I’ve wanted to try out the […]

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San Jose and the new Steve Jobs film

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Last weekend I caught a preview of the new Steve Jobs film, courtesy of Visit California. Perhaps I know too much about Steve Jobs and Silicon Valley to have an unbiased opinion. I grew up in the Bay Area during the time much of this was happening. It was a special time when Silicon Valley was the cradle of […]

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15 cool things to do at North Tahoe’s Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort

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  One of my favourite places to stay in Lake Tahoe’s North Shore is the Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort in Tahoe Vista. I discovered it last April, on our trip to Tahoe to enjoy a little Spring skiing. We all loved it so much then, I knew that a summer break would be a MUST. The resort is small and […]

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Napa Valley: A Modern Mother’s list of family friendly wineries

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  Want to visit Napa Valley’s legendary wine country, but not sure you should bring the kids? Won’t they get restless while you go on and on about something they won’t even be able to drink until they are adults? And what if they start pulling each other’s hair and in loud voices start asking you (and your fellow wine tasters) […]

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