Published again.

I received my hard copy of the magazine today in the mail!

Happy to have been published again. 2 pages spread of photos. Working hard non-stop pays off.

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Le Sacre Coeur

This place has been my favorite place since a little girl! A month ago I was lucky enough to go back. The view is always as majestic as I remember!

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The Inn at the Tides, Bodega Bay

As a world traveller and photographer, I like to recognize places where we travel, where we stay, and where I believe we were treated above and beyond the minimum.

Located in Bodega Bay, The Inn at the Tides is by the ocean and very convenient to Sonoma County and Marin County.

This hotel is about 40 miles north of San Francisco.

We went there on the weekend of President’s Day and Valentine’s day. As we left San Fransisco and took the Pacifica road 1, we were in and out of service with our phones and my reservations with Expedia did not go through over and over. I try to call the Inn at the Tides and literally each times after I introduce myself to ask if my reservation went through with Expedia, I would hit a bad service spot and the connection was lost. I must of called back at least 1o times, and the person at the front desk , never lost her patience.

When we finally were able to get an entire conversation we found out our Expedia reservation and payment as predicted had not go through. We were going to call back Expedia and the receptionist told us not to worry about it, that she would match the price we had.

We arrived late around 9pm. We were jet lag, wired, excited and hungry.

We went to our “room”. It was an absolutely incredible setting. Set as little Cottages, we were very pleased to see our rooms. We were welcomed by a complimentary bottle of wine, that was wonderful.

The pillowtop bed came with down comforters and was so comfortable.

The wireless Internet access was complimentary. We had a beautiful flat screen TV with cable programming. The very spacious bathroom had complimentary toiletries and hair dryer. There was a spa and an outdoor  pool right outside of our cottage.

Breakfast was complimentary at the Tides restaurant across from the Inn. The menu had many choices.

The restaurant was also incredible, and for those that know me, I do not easily giving compliment on a restaurant. The view on the water, very clean, good service and fresh food.

This is really a place I would recommend anybody to stay!

http://www.innatthetides.com





Where and how to start blogging after coming back from a trip. Trip to Sonoma Part 1

It can be very overwhelming to edit, post and blog after a trip.

This is even harder I feel when you are a photographer and can not share online most photos unless they are rejected by the stock company. I always have to wait to share with you guys the photos from a trip as I am waiting for the approval of the stock company for they want or need. The rest or the one rejected I usually share with you.

The one the company takes, and accept I usually post on my professional blog where you can subscribe of course : http://www.katiasphotography.com/blog/

So this is how I am going to do this trip: I will give you an overview of the itinerary we did and I will post all the iPhone photos, photos of my phone, and Patrick’s phone, including the fun Selfies we did.

I then will as I edit make a post of each location with the history behind it and the photos.

THE TRIP!!!

Part 1

Patrick earned a trip with his company AETNA. He helped make the North Carolina team number one in the country. As a broker manager he was 4th in the country. He earned him a trip to Sonoma County and was able to take the person of his choice.

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We had to be on Sunday by 3pm at the Fairmont Mission Inn and Spa in Sonoma to check in. The Fairmont Mission was an incredibly beautiful facility.

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We decided to leave couple of days early versus late as the girls were with their dad the weekend before and therefore, we would not take on the time we have them to go on vacation.

We arrive in San Fransisco on thursday and went to rent our car. We had rented a tiny little car.

By noon (western time) we were on the road. We had decided to get out of the city and go along the road all the way to Bodega Bay.

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Well of course, suddenly I am remembering my wonderful time 20 years ago with my French friend Isabelle and I am wanted to show Patrick Lombard street, the Fisherman Wharf, Sausalito, the hydroplane…

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Well we made it out of the city finally and went to Muir beach, where we watch the sunset there. We then arrived that night in Bodega Bay. We had a reservation that we had taken through Expedia. Wonderful little place call the Inn in the Tides.

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Next morning we left to go visit Fort Ross and go along Pacifica one. We learned all the history of the Valley of the Russian River and saw seals.

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On Saturday, Valentines day, we woke up super early and I took Patrick to the McPhail Winery and then to the Francis Ford Coppola winery, since he loves movies. We then heading to couple of wineries in the Alexander Valley and had a late picnic there. From there we left toward Saint Helena to go visit the C.I.A ( Culinary Institute of America) before heading back to San Fransisco.

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Next morning Sunday we were at the airport to rerun our car and waited for our driver from Aetna that took us to Sonoma.

This leads us to Part 2 of the trip….coming up soon

Downtown Durham with my parents and the girls

After we left the brunch milonga yesterday we went to the trails to get in a hike for us and a ride on the mountain bike for Patrick. The trails were closed so we all decided to take the girls and my parents to the charity trees in Downtown Durham. I have taken the girls every year, and since I did not have them the weekend of the Celebration of light on the Tobacco district, they had missed it.

My parents loved it, we looked and still chose our favorite charity tree , we then hangout and watch the skaters at the Ice-rink. My mom and Lara sat next to the fire watch Patrick and Chloe played chess and my dad and I played checkers. We had a blast!

We came home and made breakfast for dinner. We divided and conquer at the grocery store, then made homemade home fries, and waffles!

Loved it!

Mountain bike ride and hike

Patrick and I took the kids on the trails last week. While Patrick went mountain biking with Meg and Matt on the Chapel Hill trails, I took the girls hiking. We hiked 5 miles, we had such a good time. We read about the beavers there.

It was a fun 3 hours outdoor.

 

New Hampshire and Cape Cod Vacation

I just spent the past week between New Hampshire, and Cape Cod in Massachusetts. So many photos to edit! I barely have started. It was an amazing vacation full of historical events. It was my first time in Cape Cod, what a beautiful place it was! It was also my first time in the state of New Hampshire. We went to the top of Mount Washington. There are so many of  ski resorts, lakes….It was a magical week! Picnic either on top of mountains in NH, or in the salt march of Cape Cod. Sunsets on the Cape were amazing! It was wonderful to travel and have no time for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It was all improvised on the day, the site, and what we were doing. I can’t believe how much we have seen and done in a week. Here are just the iPhone low quality photos we took at the Attitash Alpine Slide. That was so much fun going down the slopes! Can’t wait to go back this winter to ski  hopefully with the kids and to see family in Vermont that I did not have the chance to see this time around.

 

Beach trip

I did not take my camera this time. All photos were just with the iphone.

I had a wonderful weekend at the beach this weekend at my friends Doris and Jack.

We went boating, had a house milonga, a workshop, went to have a donut at the famous place Britt’s in Carolina Beach, walked on the boardwalk, collected shells on the island, ate the famous crabs for diner (and breakfast) and went Kayaking.

Jack took his trumpet and Doris her ukulele, and my girls attended, through Skype ,from France, the mini concert the both of them did for us . They sat next to me on the coach and enjoyed the music.

Another fun weekend!

 

Morning Golf

Since I knew that the kids would be in France the month of July with my parents, I wanted to do fun stuff even more with them before they left.  We took the kids to go to the driving range at Hiilandale golf range. Everybody had so much fun!

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