Wedding Day

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Wes & Jamie’s Wedding!!

The big day!!

Getting ready with hair and makeup!
The bride…

The maid of honor…

Bridesmaids and flower girl…

Another junior bridesmaid…

Hair!

Beautiful church…

Proud parents…

Jumping pictures!!

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Lion dancing!

Speeches…

Cake!

First dance :)

More dancing!

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Lanterns at the prom downstairs!

Photobooth fun!

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So much love!

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Monterey Park

Scenes from around town…
Grandma’s backyard, PT at Highlands Elementary School (overlooked by the Highlands Husky?), Penny, and dinner at Lawry’s with the family.

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Socal Snapshots

It really was a long weekend.  Too many things to try to document.  Here are a few.

Morning walks/workouts with cousin Steve.

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Balls.

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3-generational Mah-jong.

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Couch time at Grandma’s.

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So many reasons Thanksgiving in LA is my favorite.

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Venice—Day 1

What a cool city.  For the most part, I’m going to try to let the photos speak for themselves.  :)

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Look at the water level!

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(Piazza San Marco) St. Mark’s Square..

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Bridge of Sighs…

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Dessert menu at Osteria Oliva Nera.

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Hands down the best tiramisu I’ve ever had…

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Gondola by night…

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Venice vaporetto (water bus) back toward the cruise ships…

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Wet and freezing!

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Dubrovnik

We woke up this morning off the coast of Dubrovnik, Croatia.  Yes, it is as beautiful as we’ve heard it would be…!

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Henning and I went on a morning bike ride in the Konavle region (~south east tip of Croatia)… it was a true treat.

Our biking guide Anna…

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…fresh water and some old mills…

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…wine country…

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…Franciscan monastery…

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…our bike group…

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…looking toward the Montenegro border…

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…wandering the streets of Old Town Dubrovnik…

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…lunch with the Louies overlooking the water…

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My parents and Auntie Yuen were able to visit the nearby island of Lokrum, which is a nature reserve.

For those interested in bridges…

…back in Old Town…

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Pompeii

Henning and I have really been looking forward to visiting Pompeii.  We decided to make the trek from Naples to Pompeii our own…

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…after nearly getting run over by traffic a few times, we managed to each incur a 40-euro fine on the light rail…
(the transit authority thankfully only wrote us one…)

…and finally made it to the main train station!

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…long hot (no AC) train ride…

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…passing Vesuvius…

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…we’ve made it to Pompeii!!…

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Pompeii was buried under ash from a Mt. Vesuvius eruption almost 2000 years ago.  Many of the buildings, structures, objects and art were well-preserved under the ash, and have since been excavated.

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…bath house…

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…frescoes…

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…homes…

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…taverns…

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…lead pipes…

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…fountains…

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…I know this is kind of creepy… but even people and dogs were preserved to some degree…

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The rest of the family went to Sorrento, where they got to try some wines, meats and cheeses and see the farm they were made on…

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Rome

I wish we could have spent a lot more time here in Rome… but I’ll of course take what I can get.

I didn’t even try to pick one photo from Rome… because who knows if I’ll ever get to come back here…

I also won’t go into all of the fascinating history of the various buildings and structures… but if it interests you, I definitely recommend a few Google/Wiki searches…

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…Arch of Constantine and Palatine Hilll…

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…Temple of Venus…

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…the kids on the Spanish Steps…

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…it was really hot…

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…walking around.  We didn’t eat any of these places, but very picturesque…

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…the Pantheon was one of my favorite buildings…
so unreal, and an engineering marvel…

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…obelisks with hieroglyphs!…

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…St. Peters Square (Vatican City)

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…subway and train back to port…

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My parents and Aunt Yuen took a different route for the day, and here are some of their photos… (my mom is much more talented than I)

…Arch of Constantine…

…Colosseum…

…Trevi Fountain…

…St. Peter’s Basilica…

…we could have spent hours here…

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Pisa & Wine

First day in Italy!

Henning and I got a small taste of Pisa, and then a small taste of wine country.

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…our guide telling us we have SEVEN wines to taste and enjoy at our leisure during lunch…!  This was a great opportunity to meet some new friends at our table…

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My parents (and rest of family) also went to Florence.
Here are some highlights from their day…

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Marseilles

First port… Marseilles, France.

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…Henning and I decided to walk and bus downtown… I was really impressed and excited by how easy they make it for directionally-challenged pedestrians (like me…) to find their way.

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…and signage to warn motorcyclists not to ride in the train grooves…

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…walking past the beautiful Cathedral La Major (Byzantine architecture)…

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…gelato in the Panier (old town) district…

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…bronze fish art…

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…how awesome is this dog carrying a handbag…

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…taking the mini-train along the coast up to the Notre Dame de la Garde basilica…

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…even more beautiful… at the top of a hill…

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…looking over Marseilles…

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…with the LOML.  (and we match)

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Meanwhile… the rest of my family travelled further inland to Avignon.  Here are some photo highlights from their day…

…wine tasting…

…Gothic Palais des Papes…

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Barcelona—Day 3

Today was a very Gaudi-centric day.  I believe all of the photos were taken either of or inside buildings and structures designed by (THE) modernist architect Antoni Gaudi.

…Casa Batllo…

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…La Pedrera…

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…La Sagrada Familia…

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…Park Guell…

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…it was really hot…

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Barcelona—Day 2

I just couldn’t pick, sorry…  The good photos are courtesy my mom.

A morning run with Steve… and construction… it’s a good day already.

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“Tolerance and patience… are much deeper and more effective than mere indifference.” –Dalai Lama

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…La Boqueria Market…

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…pimientos de padron…

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…tour around town…

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…Olympic Park on Montjuic Hill…

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…first time in the Mediterranean Sea!…

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…fridges!…

…mopeds!…

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…stopping to listen to musicians play… nostalgia…

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…hidden courtyards…

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…dinner by the beach with the whole family…

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…classic…

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…oh, the classy and classic doesn’t end…

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<3

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Airports

A portion of our extended family (14 total) is travelling to Europe together for a couple weeks.  This will be the first time in Europe for many of my family members, and I’m excited to get to share this experience with them.

As always, two of my favorite things about airports are art (SFO below) and people (we befriended a Californian and her daughter in Frankfurt).

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Michigan—Day 3

Went for a morning run in Mackinaw!  Tip O’ the Mitt!
(I was definitely the only crazy one out running…)

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Then we all took a ferry to Mackinac Island for the day.  :)

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Watching them make fudge at Murdick’s…

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Horse carriage tour… and the Grand Hotel!

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The fort…

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Woohoo!

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Michigan—Day 2

We’re in Michigan—whutt!?!?

Pillows my mom and I made for Wes and Jamie!
(Michigan is not 100% accurate… we tried!)

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I stayed at Wes and Jamie’s place last night – love the accent walls!

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Driving to Mackinaw City!

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View of Lake Huron from our room!

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Walking around town…

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Mackinac Bridge… 3rd longest suspension bridge in the country!
(Verrazano-Narrows and the Golden Gate have spans just a little longer.)

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Lighthouse…

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Memorial Day Fireworks at night, as seen from our hotel room balconies!

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