Les Sables d'Or beach in Brittany
While spending our Summer in California this year, we are reminiscing over our other coastal trips of Summer's past. Our friend Hélène Renaut once took us to her Summer house in Erquy, on the eastern edge of the Bay of St-Brieuc, in the Brittany region of France. It was magical. Here are some photographs of our day trip to several beaches along Les Sables d'Or, golden sands, as well as our welcome meal of freshly caught Mackerel.

The symbol of Erquy... Hélène's father pouring our apéritif before lunch

Hélène giving us the lay of her land
the view from our guest room at Chez Renaut

fresh mackerel caught earlier in the day... seasoned with coarse sea salt and herbes de Provence


the most delicious grilled mackerel we've ever had

Hélène taking a sunset dip in temperate Bretagne waters


Last month on July 4th, my sister Lisa gathered close friends and family at a home on the Santa Barbara riviera and celebrated her beautiful wedding overlooking the shimmering Pacific ocean. Native Santa Barbarans, singer Kenny Loggins, his son Crosby and dear family friend, Carrie Clough, sang the couple down the garden aisle. They sang the Loggins and Messina song, "Watch the River Run" and kissed underneath fig trees. A true Santa Barbara wedding.

Crosby Loggins, Carrie Clough and Kenny Loggins sing the processional song in perfect harmony

A sun sheltering fig tree hangs over Lisa and Chuck as they exchange vows
Blood orange margarita's by Pure Joy catering and a luscious devil's food cake filled with 
chocolate buttercream, frosted with sweet buttercream by Robyn Loves Cake

The blue tiled kitchen and the outdoor dining table at the George Washington Smith designed house

Tri-Tip, a local favorite cut of beef, the newlyweds Lisa and Chuck à table

Lisa and her newly engaged daugher Brittany, a refreshing watermelon and goat cheese salad

Lisa and Chuck watch the July 4th fireworks as the grand finale...

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