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One small, ornate corner of Valparaiso's Palacio Astoreca Hotel

Palacio Astoreca Hotel: A Palace in Valparaiso, Chile

The sprawling city of Valparaíso, Chile is undergoing a large-scale renaissance, from its coastal flatlands to its 43 some-odd hilltops. Preservation efforts are peeling back layers of Valpo's faded vintage glory and giving it a sharper, more … [Read More...]

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Valparaiso, Chile: The Technicolor City

Ninety minutes northwest of the Santiago Airport and right on the Pacific Ocean, Valparaíso, Chile sprawls up and over 43 hills in a South American version of San Francisco. The entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, slowly being rescued from a … [Read More...]

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Images of Montpellier, France

One of my greatest joys in life? Discovering a new place with a dear friend. And should said new place be where said friend makes their home? Double joy, what with the personalized tour guide-ness of it all. For example, there was that time I … [Read More...]

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Inn Paradiso: Paradise Found in Paso Robles

You know that feeling when you walk into a room where you'll be staying for the night, and you have an irrepressible urge to hop and down, silently squeal, clap your hands, high-five each other, and use everything in the room as soon as humanly … [Read More...]

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Wine Tasting in Paso Robles: Part Two

Continued from A Road Trip to Paso Robles Exploring Downtown Paso Robles  Wine Tasting in Paso Robles: Part One   The number one reason I love going to Paso Robles, a hilly sprawl of countryside halfway between San Francisco and … [Read More...]

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Wine Tasting in Paso Robles: Part One

Continued from Exploring Downtown Paso Robles  and A Road Trip to Paso Robles The number one reason I love going to Paso Robles, a hilly sprawl of countryside halfway between San Francisco and L.A.? Wine.  Wine tasting in Paso … [Read More...]

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Exploring Downtown Paso Robles

Continued from  A Road Trip to Paso Robles Paso Robles, a ranch and winery town set halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, is my favorite getaway destination in the state of California. I use the Spanish pronounciation, … [Read More...]

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Road Trip to Paso Robles

My favorite road trip escape is the rolling wine country of Paso Robles, California.  I call it "my happy place."  This sleepy, more-Western-than-thou landscape is set halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and makes a great getaway on its … [Read More...]