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JD House – A beautiful boutique hotel in blooming Mendocino!

It all started with a call. A simple and short phone call.                                                      The story goes like this;

I quickly dialed the number to convey and confirm that we will reach JD house very late at night the next day. I got a warm reply from the other side – “Thank you for letting us know. You will get the keys as instructed in the email. But please be careful while driving at night”. I loved the care in her voice. I said, “I will, thank you”. The next day, we reached JD House at midnight. I called a number given to me. I again heard the same caring voice. She instructed me in detail and we went in.

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Death Valley National Park – A water-less wonder!

After seeing the Death Valley National Park, I named it a water-less wonder. The vast golden landscape is interesting not only to a geologist but has an appeal to a photographer, and an artist. A good photographer can perhaps capture the beautiful and brutal, dry and dangerous, hot and harsh landscape along with small remnants of life. An artist can reveal the presence of a strange silence in Death Valley like no one else. You and I are mere spectators of this vast wonder named  Death Valley.

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Little River Inn – An inspiring gem on the Northern California coast!

If you want to take some time off from the hurried pace of your daily life then Little River Inn on the Pacific coast in Mendocino County is a perfect choice. I recently visited the beautiful Pacific coast in northern California and stayed at the Little River Inn which I found to be an inspiring gem. The beautiful surrounding instills peace with a seeping certainty. The warm welcome that I received even at night around 11:15 pm, made me comfortable instantly. The gracious, good-hearted and gentle people in this beautiful hotel made my stay an unforgettable one.

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Bryce Canyon National Park – a masterpiece of nature!

Some hundreds of years ago there lived a man in the rugged landscape of Utah – a place where survival for an extended period of time was difficult. He was an ordinary man who built a home for his family, a canal for his crops and his cows and a road to collect wood. He used to collect woods to keep them warm during the dark hours of the winter night. One day, he could not find his cow and went to search her. After a while, he not only found his cow but something ethereal. He was not prepared to see what he saw! Ebenezer Bryce unknowingly discovered today’s Bryce Canyon National Park that attracts thousands of tourists throughout the year.

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Bouquets To Art – When art blooms in San Francisco!

I greeted Spring in picturesque Vevey, Switzerland, I met her in Keukenhof, the world’s largest flower garden in the Netherlands and it always rekindles my passion to read classics. This year I greeted spring in a unique way. I met colors while walking along the corridors of the beautiful exhibition named Bouquets To Art in the de Young Museum, San Francisco. Vibrant and radiant flower bouquets breathed new life into the paintings inside the museum and transformed the whole ambiance into an art piece. When two forms of art juxtapose, the result is nothing but beauty and wonder.

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Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America!

I believe a large water body, be it a river, sea or lake, has a profound effect on men and women living near it. I lived near the beautiful Lake Geneva for six years. That lake has become a part of me. Perhaps in my subconscious mind, I long for the silence that I used to enjoy while walking along the shores of the Lake Geneva.  When I saw Lake Tahoe, I was overwhelmed with joy. After almost 2 years, I saw a lake similar to Lake Geneva where I spent countless hours thinking and reflecting on life and death.  Among many romantic gateways in California, the beautiful Lake Tahoe, which is the largest alpine lake in North America, will take the first place. 

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Manzanita Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park, California – A photo essay!

If you want to spend a carefree day with your loved ones amidst a serene lake and greens all around, then plan a day trip to Manzanita Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park, California. After walking for a few minutes and taking some turns along the lake, you can find out the perfect vantage point to capture the perfect shot of Lassen Peak’s reflection in the blue water of Manzanita Lake.

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Glimpses of romantic California!

California, the name instantly makes us think about Google, Facebook, Apple and thousands of companies all working day and night with software. Products and ideas from Silicon Valley have changed the way we live today, how we talk to one another and also what we say (emojis for instance). While these thoughts perfectly go with this state of the USA but it has some other sides as well; the side that deals with beauty, nature and romance. Let me show you some  glimpses of romantic California!

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