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Weekly travel photo by Vasiliki Papadopoulos

This photo was taken on the Ruta de las Flores highway in El Salvador in 2011. When you first look at the photo you assume the woman is raking some sort of stone, but they are actually coffee beans. We happened to stumble upon a local coffee bean plantation and the technique of the woman lent itself to a unique photo opportunity.

California by Vasiliki Papadopoulos

I have a love affair with the state of California. It is a place that appeals to almost everyone - from the desert, to the ocean, to beautiful mountains and large swaths of trees, to urbanists, suburbanists and new age believers - everyone can find a comfortable home.

I have been to California several times in the past 10 years, but nothing prepared me for the sheer grandness of the Big Sur. It ranks as the best drive one can experience. You appreciate the vision and foresight that built a two lane highway alongside the Pacific Ocean. You appreciate the engineering marvel of a Bixby Bridge. You appreciate nature in its most raw form. 

Our road trip saw us begin in San Diego and two weeks later we ended up in Napa Valley - one rented car, a host of luggage, a husband, a son and thousands of photos later. I hope you enjoy all of the two weeks I could fit in.