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Big Sur - Hiking Andrew Molera State Park

One of the great delights of living in the Bay Area is the proximity to the natural beauty of California and it's hard to beat the stunning drive down Highway One to Big Sur. This is certainly one of the iconic American road trips, but for me the joy of being in the area is getting out of your car and hitting a trail, so you can be "in" the landscape rather than just looking at it from the asphalt. 

Spring has Sprung, Finally!

We've all been waiting for it, and I had to come to Provence to believe it was really here, but now there's no denying spring has sprung! After one of the strangest winters and coldest springs on record in Paris, (snow in March, I wish I was joking!) we- along with everyone else in France- are very happy to finally see spring. So happy printemps to all. Here are images and evidence of this spring in France, I particularly loved the irises (above) in Bonnieux this morning.
The magnolias at the Musee Quai Branly (which are protected  behind Jean Novel's glass wall and pictured above) were among the first trees to bloom in Paris this spring and they gave me hope! Right now we're in Provence ( much more about the trip later) but I couldn't resist sharing these images of the lilacs in the Luberon, aren't they fabulous, so abundant, fragrant and wild?
I also loved these grape hyacinth which I photographed at the Chateau d'Ige in Burgundy a few weeks ago - as you can tell there are lots more things coming up on the blog!
Finally, Paris in the springtime! A lovely image (below) of the sculpture park on the left bank over by the Institute du Monde Arabe. It's a fabulous place and the minute it warms up it's packed with people in the early evening.
Enjoy your spring wherever you are, I hope you didn't have to wait for it as long as we did here in France!