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Ventana - An Enchanting Resort in BIg Sur

Summary: I love Ventana. I highly recommend visiting  and exploring the landscape at Lime Kiln and Andrew Molera State Park which I've blogged about here. Please note this is #notsponsored . Yes, that means we paid our own bill! Lots of details in the following review. including a Post Ranch vs Ventana comparison.  Can you tell there's something exciting beyond this beautiful gate? There's something special about Big Sur, a magic in the light, the presence of the Pacific, the cliffs, beaches, redwood forests and the murmur of the surf. It's one of my favorite places in California. I couldn't think of anywhere else I wanted to be to celebrate turning fifty, because it's a place where there's a sense of nature, space and light and a wide horizon. We've been to Big Sur many times and for a celebration there are two fantastic hotels vying for your attention. The exclusive, modern and very private, cliff top Post Ranch Inn and on the other side of the road the …

Happy Valentines in Chocolate from Paris...

The chocolate shop windows are resisting winter in red, pink, black and white, as if the colorful arrangements could push the cold away. St Valentines Day is taken seriously here with some very expensive chocolates, you can almost smell and taste them through the glass.
The main question is will I be able to resist all this chocolate? Lets hope D. buys me some though he says this would only be a gift for himself! As a sign in a cupcake bakery window on the Ile de la Cite says to the passing tourists, "You can't eat your photographs, come in..."
I can't resist including this gorgeous floral display too.