Treasure Island Flea

One weekend of every month, the deserted former naval base in the middle of San Francisco Bay becomes the site for a busy flea market. You can find just about anything here, from succulent plants to lawn ornaments, old maps to previously worn flannel shirts, leather handbags to unique photography items. This market is a…

Day Trip to Joshua Tree

When I first thought about life in Southern California, the close proximity of new-to-me National Parks immediately excited my outdoorsy/granola-y/tree-hugging side. I even mentioned it to everyone I informed of our decision to move here – “we’ll be close to Joshua Tree!” But the new year rolled around, and my back to work routine had…

Mary in Paris: The Eiffel Tower

Ahhh, Paris. What is the one thing that comes to mind when you think of Paris? Must be the Eiffel Tower. That stunning iron lattice structure which is undoubtedly the symbol of romance and architectural artistry. It is the one spot that cannot be missed on a girl’s first time in Paris. Am I right?…

Seeing Liverpool

Sometimes when you hear a place is dull, doesn’t that make you want to visit it all the more? After I had heard so much negativity about Liverpool over the past several years, I was quite interested to see it for myself. What could be so unfavorable about a city that gave us The Beatles…

More Photos from Berlin

Since the holidays and the New Year are for telling the truth, and I am not one to be excluded from such goings on, I must let you in on what may or may not be a well-kept secret. Actually, every day is for telling the truth, but even more so this time of year….