Key West Florida

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We have done virtually everything there is to do in Key West, from parasailing above the coast to snorkeling and scuba diving beneath the seas. We have taken the obligatory Conch Train tour, sailed and kayaked its waterways as estuaries, browsed all the galleries and visited virtually every museum and historic site. (See our 2016 [Read more …]

South Beach Florida 2019

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Every few years, we tend to get to Florida, more specifically, Miami Florida. Not surprisingly, we usually time our visits during San Francisco’s colder and rainy months. After all, what is wrong with some sun and warmth. Sometimes we go down for Art Basil. Other times we go…just because. We recently spent a few short [Read more …]

Jewish Museum New York City

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Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevich: The Russian Avant-Garde in Vitebsk, 1918-1922 On our fall 2018 trip to New York City, the Jewish Museum was hosting an exhibit entitled  Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevich: The Russian Avant-Garde in Vitebsk, 1918-1922. The exhibit portrays the groundbreaking work of these three artists and their protegees when teaching in Vitebsk in the [Read more …]

DeYoung Museum

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San Francisco’s DeYoung museum is always a treat to visit. We recently checked out two lovely and illuminating special exhibits. Contemporary Muslim Fashions   We are used to seeing the traditional, loose-fitting black abayas and hijabs that Muslim women wear. But this exhibit shows eye-opening fashion that is unlike what we expected. The exhibition showed [Read more …]

Hudson Valley New York

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The Hudson Valley follows the Hudson River in New York State from Albany, down to Westchester. It is a beautiful area and has some interesting museum, sculpture parks and, of course, some wineries. Hudson Valley Art We recently visited three excellent places to view art in the Hudson Valley. Art Omi Art Omi in Ghent [Read more …]

Boston Massachusetts

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We recently returned to Boston, where we had lived for over 20 years before moving to San Francisco. It was an opportunity to spend time with friends, revisit some old haunts and explore new places and restaurants. Boston Back Bay and South End We spent most of our time in the city reacquainting ourselves with [Read more …]

Martin Van Buren Historic Site

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Kinderhook New York is a pretty little town with a number of distinguished buildings. It is also the birthplace and retirement home (now a historic site) of Martin Van Buren. Martin Van Buren Historic Site Van Buren was a former New York Governor, U.S. Senator, Secretary of State, Vice President and principle adviser to Andrew [Read more …]

The Berkshire Mountains

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Over the years, we have spent a lot of time in the Berkshire Mountains area: around Lenox, Stockbridge and Great Barrington: Summers for the Tanglewood Music Festival; Fall for foliage; and Winter when we used to cross-country ski. The area also has a lot of day-time activities. In addition to exploring the towns’ downtown areas, [Read more …]

Williamstown Massachusetts

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Williamstown Massachusetts is a small, pretty college town on the Massachusetts/Vermont/New York border. The town itself is lovely with its two block long commercial street (Spring Street) old buildings, school campus…but little else We decided to stay in Williamstown for 2 nights. For us, this was not a good decision. Part of it is the [Read more …]

Bennington Vermont

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Driving from Woodstock Vermont to Bennington Vermont can be relatively boring (from Route 4, down Route 7), or very scenic. We took the scenic route, down the lovely Route 100 through Plymouth (the birthplace, homestead and now Historical Park of President Calvin Coolidge), a number of quaint and pretty towns (including Ludlow and especially Weston, [Read more …]