Naossa, Paros, Greece

I just got back from spending a little over a week in Greece, where I was celebrating a friend’s birthday.  We rented a villa on Paros (it helps having 9 people to share the cost!).  We stayed near the adorable town of Naossa, where every alley is cuter than the next, colored doors and shutters differentiate the whitewashed buildings, Greek salads come with giant hunks of feta, and every sunset creates a daily spectacle.

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© Sarah Milstein 2017

Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco

I’ve always wanted to check out the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park.  By the time I got to the park, the fog had cleared, and the park was filled with children learning to ride bikes, and people rollerskating, playing music, reading, picnicking, and out enjoying the perfect weather.  The Conservatory of Flowers has a special butterfly exhibit going on through the end of June that I definitely recommend!  I took all of these photographs in the Butterflies and Blooms exhibit.

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© Sarah Milstein 2017

Meiji Shrine & Yoyogi Park, Tokyo

Right next to the bustling Harajuku Station, you’ll find the serene Meiji Shrine (well, serene plus tourists) and Yoyogi Park.  I love wandering through parks, especially when I find street food and a place to sit and relax.  Much like in Harajuku, the people (and dog) watching in the park is pretty amazing.  Because I went around Christmas there was what seemed to be a convention for dogs who were dressed like Santa.  The dogs seemed much less excited than their human counterparts.

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© Sarah Milstein 2017

Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo

I think one of my favorite things to do in Tokyo is to wander around the Tsukiji fish market and try as much food as a I can.  I went two days in a row!  Pretty much anywhere with a line is guaranteed to be good, but I ate amazing sushi at Okame, which only has standing room for 5, and miraculously, had no line.  Definitely order the aburi toro, it was incredible!  We also ate great onigiri at Onigiriyamarutoyo and rolled omelette from a random stand.  In case you’re curious what wasabi looks like, check out the last photo–I had no idea!

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© Sarah Milstein 2017

Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan

I just got back from spending two weeks in Japan with my cousin’s family who lives there.  I was in Niseko, which is about a two-hour drive from the New Chitose airport in Hokkaido, for a little over a week.  The highlights included making Snapchat videos with my cousin’s kids, watching this ridiculous YouTube video, playing Heads Up, eating homemade sushi, sukiyaki, and gyoza, wandering about, skiing at the Grand Hirafu, and relaxing at a few different Onsen.  I’m pretty sure I made a memorable impression on one of my ski instructors when we were going through the first lift, and only one leg made it through before the bar closed and he had to lift my leg over the bar so I could pass through to reach the lift.  I couldn’t stop laughing.  Clearly, I’m an advanced skier.

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© Sarah Milstein 2017