Just a few freeway exits from our home is an estate where people travel to from miles around. I hadn't been here in years, and then I realized, "hey, people travel here from miles around - I should go!". So I packed up the girls, picked up some snacks, and drove 10 minutes away to Filoli Gardens. Filoli is one of those take-you-back-in-time mansions that inspire visions of grand ballroom dances, lawn parties, horses and carriages. The girls were so chuffed to be on a civilized stroll in these magic meadows (rather than on my traditional weekend 'hike') that they almost thanked me. Imagine that!
If you are in the mood for imagining more magical places to visit, click over to Photo Friday for a grand tour.