Happy 4th – Old Tyme Celebration at Columbia State Park, California

One of the best places to see an old-fashioned or should I say “Old Tyme” 4th of July  Parade in Northern California is the one at Columbia State Park. It is a couple of hours drive as the crow flies east from San Francisco Bay area. Columbia is a Gold Rush town and the parade is… Continue Reading


VIDEO: BRIAN BOWE ON GILROY GARLIC FESTIVAL JULY 24-26, 2015

  Garlic. The smell of stinking rose will tickle your nose as you travel south on Highlway 101 from San Jose to Gilroy. Located about 25 kilometers from San Jose, Gilroy is often described as the “Garlic Capital of the World.” And it comes as a surprise to many people when they discover that Gilroy is… Continue Reading


VIDEO: THEODORA LEE OF THEOPOLIS VINEYARDS

Theodora Lee is a lawyer & owner of Theopolis Vineyards located in Yorkville Highlands in Mendocino county.  Mendocino county is located right next to Sonoma, and is famous for its stunning coastline, food and wine. While  Napa and Sonoma are famous for their vineyards, neighoring county’s Anderson Valley in Mendocino has its own share of vineyards. Theodora… Continue Reading


VIDEO: MUIR WOODS POST CARD

Muir Woods National Monument is located a few miles north of San Francisco past the Golden Gate bridge. Named after John Muir, the famous naturalist, this place is home to old Redwood trees that are hundreds of years old. Some trees are about 800 years old. There are 6 trails of varying lengths and levels of… Continue Reading


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VIDEO: SAN FRANCISCO POST CARD

Post cards. Remember getting those colorful post cards from your family and friends when they visited a new place or city? As a kid I used to collect these post cards, and pester folks to send them to me. Sometimes, a Kindly neighbor would give me their old post cards that their “foreign” friends sent them. Somewhere… Continue Reading


Gandhi in San Francisco

Gandhi in San Francisco you ask? Yes, there is a statue of Mahatma Gandhi tucked away in one corner of San Francisco’s Ferry Building. You may miss it if since it is located a little away from where folks sit on the bay and watch the water, boats and the traffic on bay bridge. In… Continue Reading