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    Something Lovely: Secret Street Panoramas

    By Ellen Heck on October 9, 2009
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    I suppose every place has its share of secret views – and by secret, I mean, not a place that’s known for it’s view – not a lookout. It’s the momentary surprise of the world spread out before you as you are driving along an otherwise normal street, or walking through a not-particularly-astonishing neighborhood. This is that view for me:

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    Howdy From Austin, Texas: Zilker Park

    By Cathy on September 30, 2009
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    Sometimes it’s fun to take a vacation in your own hometown.  Lucky for us, two weekends this summer brought our cousins to Austin, so we just put on our tennies and gimme caps and went on a road trip … across town. Our first Austin-y thing to do was walk around the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail. The

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    Chalkin’ it up in Virginia

    By Ellen Heck on September 29, 2009
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    The last time Julianna and I used sidewalk chalk was at least a decade ago, but as you might guess, the art form hasn’t changed all that much… I was lucky enough to be able to visit my sister Jules in Virginia this past weekend, and we had a blast.  It was a good old-fashioned vacation for me: the beach,

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    Fisherman’s Wharf: Sea Lion Stupor

    By Cathy on August 26, 2009
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    If you go to Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, you just have to go see the sea lions on Pier 39 because that is what you do. Is it crowded?  Yes.  Is it smelly?  Yes.  Is it mesmerizing?  Yes, yes. We have been to see our sea lion friends three different times.  And, each time we go, we think we

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    Farmer’s Market: Inspiration from Soup to Nuts

    By Cathy on August 22, 2009
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    If you want to feel happy, just head to the Farmer’s Market at the Ferry Building.  You will be surrounded by beautiful fresh produce and heavenly scents.  It’s not a frenetic-I-need-to-procure-now kind of market, but rather a take-your-time-to-touch-smell-and-taste kind of market. Lots of tasting! Let’s just start with tomatoes, because Ellen and I LOVE tomatoes.  When I took French in

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