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Photo Friday: Cloudy

Cloudy skies are quite lovely. It helps when you’re exploring sun-kissed beaches in Maui.


I loved walking on the sand and surf at the Royal Lahaina Beach.


I miss falling asleep to the sounds of waves crashing.


Maui feels like a dream.

My entry for this week’s Photo Friday: Cloudy.

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Return to Paradise

MAUI – Waking up next to the Pacific Ocean. Palm trees swaying. Beach run in Lahaina.

#kvphawaii First beach walk in #Maui

My third trip to Hawaii. My first visit to Maui. I feel blessed to celebrate 10 years with my hubby.

Also. I need to resist the urge to check work email. I scheduled some tweets. Hotel wifi tempts me to stay plugged into my life back on the mainland.

This view from our balcony took my breath away. Vibrant sunset colors reminded me to enjoy what I have right now.

View from our room

My inner shutterbug likes to take center stage on vacations.

#kvphawaii Sunset dipped behind clouds. Dolphins jumped by boats. Calm before storm, #Maui flood watch

We spotted three dolphins playing in front this boat last night. Squint. You’ll see it. 

I wanted to start snapping away. I knew my iPhone lens would capture a black smudge. I gave up on the perfect Maui photo and enjoyed the impromptu show. I watched dolphins leaping and flicking their tails. I imagined hearing their laughter. I squeezed Mark’s hand.
My favorite part of my first sunset in Maui.

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Travel Theme: Trees

Somewhere over the rainbow… Palm trees sway.

Paper lanterns danced on an island breeze at the Royal Kona Resort.

Morning walk past the Hulihe‘e Palace in Kailua-Kona.

Trees offered shade as we took a break from our hike on the Ala Kahakai Trail.

The public trail by the coast connected beaches and ran behind luxury properties and resorts.

We started our hike at Hapuna Beach. We ended it at Mauna Kea Beach. The view was stunning, from beach to beach.

This is my entry for this week’s Travel Theme: Trees.

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Photo Friday: Orange

This is one my favorite spots to enjoy a sunset with hints of pink, orange and blue.
We celebrated a wedding and reunited with best friends at the Royal Kona Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii.
#kvphawaii On the rocks. Vodka with pineapple and orange juice at @RoyalKonaResort. NOM
Add a fruity cocktail with vodka, mixed with pineapple and orange juice. Paradise.

A ukulele version of “L.O.V.E” played on our plane after we landed in Honolulu. This song now brings me back to the sun, surf and sweet memories of our quick weekend trip to Hawaii.

I also sampled the sweet flavors of the island after a hot, sweaty hike between beaches.
#kvphawaii Shaved ice with ice cream drizzle at Hapuna Beach. Tasted so good after our sweaty beach hike.
We gobbled up shaved ice with ice cream drizzle at Hapuna Beach.

This is my entry for this week’s Photo Friday: Orange.

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Robot Dinosaurs Rule the World

Some robot dinosaurs needed maintenance.
We followed Huell Howeser‘s footsteps and stopped at Cabazon’s “world-famous” roadside attraction turned intelligent design museum.
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But first…
T-Rex selfie!
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Travel Theme: Meeting Place

You can find tapas, seafood and special “coke” cans at this Barcelona meeting place.
#kvpspain : A delicious tourist trap in #barcelona. Yummy seafood, tapas and street vendors with sketchy $60/coke cans. #fb
Plaça Reial in the Barri Gòtic.

We used this Cusco landmark to guide taxi drivers and Americans.
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Plaza de Mayor in Cusco, Peru.

I watched friends and family meet for food and conversation in this French Canadian market.
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Marche Jean-Talon in Montreal.

My entry for this week’s Travel Theme: Meeting Place.

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Photo Friday: Portrait

Portrait of a hero.
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Inside St. Cecilia in San Francisco.

Portrait of faith.
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Inside the Hermitage in St. Petersburg.

Portrait of blue.
Street Art in the Mission
In San Francisco’s Mission.

Portrait of travelers.
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Inside La Alcoba Azul in Barcelona.

My entry for this week’s Photo Friday: Portrait.

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100 Happy Days: Piano

Piano music makes me feel nostalgic.

After work, I listened to a lovely NPR interview with classical pianist Tara Kamangar. Her new album covers music from Russia And Iran.

I adored listening to her play the love theme from Spartacus.
Mariinsky Theatre

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Photo Friday: Black and White

Black and white cat in Parque Kennedy in Lima. Cats used this green space in Miraflores as their living room.

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My entry for this week’s Photo Friday: Black and White.

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Travel Theme: World Cups

I got a kick out of watching World Cup matches in Peru. I don’t speak Spanish. However- it seemed like all the sports networks generated so much analysis, commentary and chatter on every aspect of this international game. It sounded like they talked more about these matches than what I see and hear on American football.

Also, I had my fill of drama on the pitch. It was painful to watch Germany beat Team USA. It felt bizarre to cheer on Portugal, who helped us stay in the game.

More so-called “World Cups” spotted on our trip.
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Silver cups inside Museo Larco.

The museum also has this amazing collection of ancient pottery pieces.

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