California dreaming

We simply love traveling to the States and try to make a trip there at least every two years. There is just something about the culture that appeals to us and of course the shopping isn’t too shabby either. Have not been back since the Trump era started so not sure how I would like it now.

Anywho, New York is naturally a steadfast favorite that we never tire of but in recent years California has featured on the agenda with two trips in as many years. My love for California stems from an exchange student year at Lake Tahoe a couple of decades ago. I have been back to Tahoe three times since that year and most recently two years ago for a high school reunion. Other favorites include San Francisco and San Diego, SF with three visits and SD with two. Two years ago we coupled the trip to Tahoe with a few nights in San Fran and last fall we made a trip to San Diego with a stint to Temecula to visit my old host family that now live there.

To keep the love alive I decided to post some pics from these two recent trips.

Golden Gate bridge on a foggy afternoon
“Dowtown” Lake Tahoe
Views of Lake Tahoe
Mission San Diego de Alcala
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
Old Point Loma lighthouse
Carousel at Seaport
Callaway winery in Temecula

Summer outing to Vallisaari island

We finally got some summer-like weather in Finland in July. We had some friends visiting who wanted to visit Vallisaari-island.

As me and hubby also wanted to visit the island that was opened to the public last summer we jumped at the opportunity. After a short boat ride of some 20 minutes we arrived at Vallisaari. There were truly magnificent views, untouched nature and some interesting old military buildings. There is clear signing and many info boards with interesting historical facts. There is a couple of restaurants/cafes and a harbor for private vessels. This island is well worth a visit and a true sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the city.