Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur

Greg and I “hiked” in Big Sur, both to McWay Falls in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and to Pfeiffer Falls in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.  McWay Falls is beautiful, and easy to get to without even breaking a sweat.  I’d recommend parking on the street, and not in the parking lot, which is practically the same width as the trail.  Pfeiffer Falls 11 miles to the north isn’t nearly as majestic (at least during a drought), but it’s a good 2-mile round trip hike through redwood trees.

© Sarah Milstein 2015

Le Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, Paris

If it weren’t for Jude and her husband, Brian, I never would have discovered Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, on a vélib’ no less.  A must see park–not manicured like many of the other Parisian parks, but a perfect spot to picnic, read a book, stare off into the distance with your lover (below), or in my case, be a third wheel.  Come back to Paris, I miss you guys already!

Don’t miss the hidden waterfall.

The restaurant in the park is also pretty nice–they stopped serving lunch by the time we arrived, but they still made us an awesome charcuterie platter!

For more information about the park, such as events that are occurring there, or even more about its history (like that it used to essentially be an open trash dump, which Napoleon decided to turn into a garden that opened in 1867), read here.

© Sarah Milstein 2013