San Francisco Botanical Garden

I went to the San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park today with my mom.  It’s free for SF residents (a price I can totally get behind), and discounted for seniors and families.  They have 8,500 different plants from around the world, and apparently something is always in bloom.  Some of the eye catching things were the spiral aloe, a tree that looked like a flaky croissant, a bamboo forest, and calla lilies that were taller than me (not pictured).  It’s definitely a maze worth getting lost in!

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© Sarah Milstein 2018

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Bouquets to Art, De Young Museum

Today I went to the Bouquets to Art exhibit at the De Young Museum, which closes tomorrow.  If you can make, go!  I realized in following the floral arrangements around the museum, that I had never seen a lot of the permanent collection.  The three-dimensional works bring new life to so many old works.

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© Sarah Milstein 2018

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