Author Archives: Laurie

11 Festive Things to do in San Francisco During the Holidays

Join in on Santacon, a citywide Christmas themed pub crawl that happens the second or third weekend in December. Don your Santa gear, fill your flask with some peppermint schnapps and get ready for some holiday shenanigans that may or … Continue reading

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Travel Talk with Laurie

We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. – Pico Iyer What motivates you to travel? Why are some … Continue reading

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Book Review- A House in Fez by Suzanna Clarke

Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book. –Author Unknown ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. I’ve been running a travel themed book club in San Francisco for the past three years so people often … Continue reading

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October is National Book Month

For me, one of the great pleasure in life is to get lost in a book and my favorite genre is travel.  I can walk the streets of Istanbul with Orhan Pamuk one day and the next I can ride … Continue reading

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Good eats in the Mission

The Mission district of San Francisco is known for its lively bar scene, beautiful street art and a variety of popular restaurants. You will also find a number of shops on Valencia Street with vintage boutiques and galleries that specialize … Continue reading

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My first poem – The Ocean

This is a poem that I wrote when I was 21(ish). It was my first ‘real’ poem after my first heartbreak. I copied this in the exact syntax and format as I originally wrote it. I have a very strong … Continue reading

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Women’s Travelfest 2016 – New York City

In the days of cat fights on The Bachelor (yes, I watch it) and the self obsessed Kim Kardashian (don’t get me started on that clan), it was incredibly empowering to be a part of the 2016 Women’s Travelfest at … Continue reading

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Wine Bar of the month – Belle Cora

Sorry for the gap in posting my monthly Wine Bar Wednesday blog. Have no fear, I am back on track. 🙂 🙂 🙂 I wanted to cry in my wine glass when I saw the shuttered doors and news-papered windows … Continue reading

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4 reasons to love Göreme

Göreme, in the Nevşehir Province of Central Anatolia, Turkey, is a small, cave-dwelling town with a unique landscape dotted with fairy chimneys and ancient rock formations. Whether you are soaring above the dusty brown foothills, in a multi-colored hot air balloon, sipping wine while perched on … Continue reading

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Cats of Turkey

Get ready for cat overload–and some views of Istanbul, Goreme and Ephesus. Cats are everywhere in Turkey; hanging out in parks, sitting on chairs at outdoor cafes, lounging around ancient ruins, following me around town, nestling in my lap and looking … Continue reading

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