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Gary Allard

San Diego


About Me

I am a commercial photographer based in San Diego, CA. I travel for work and play. Inspired by big cities, small towns, mountains, beaches, here and abroad.

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Hi Claudia. All the previous answers have great reccomendations for central San Diego. The beaches listed are the most popular and I'd like to suggest the areas of Encinitas​ and Leucadia​ to consider. They are north of... See More

AItaly: Driving from Rome to Tuscany

We did a similar drive a couple Octobers ago with a mix of highway driving and side roads. We drove in from Rome (more precisley Ostia, near the airport) to our rented home in Umbria near Orvieto We chose to use the expressways to get past Rome traffic... See More

ASan Diego: 1 week in San Diego

Hi Evandro, San Diego is really an exciting place these days. Of course we've always been about beaches but the culinary scene, art, and architecture has really taken off in recent years. There are many great suggestions listed in the other comments so I'm going... See More

ATravel Photography

If you want to get serious about your travel photography, I would suggest looking at a mirrorless kit. There are several brands making exceptional cameras in this category. I have a full LUMIX micro 4/3 system ​ that is my go-to travel kit. I can fit a body (LUMIX GX-7)... See More

APalm Springs: What to do in palm springs in November?

We have a Mid-Century vacation home ​ in the heart of Palm Springs and we love to visit in the fall. The weather cools down and the streets and shops start to get the feeling of the holidays. It also means we can go hiking again! There are so many great trails, the mountains... See More

ASan Diego: Things to do in San Diego if you just have a few hours and are by yourself

Hi Sabine, There are so many great little escapes in and near the city. If you are staying in Coronado, there is a ferry that will take you across the bay to the Broadway Pier​​ where you can walk to many areas in the city. An easy spot would be to... See More

ASan Diego: Visiting San Diego in Sept- best places for dinner, walks, and activities?

September is a great time of year here in San Diego. The crowds thin out after Labor Day so the beaches are a little less nutty. My favorite beach hike starts from Torrey Pines​​ and goes up the hill passed the parking lot into the trails south,... See More

QPortland: The Perfect 3 Day Trip in Portland?

I'm heading to Portland for a few days in September and looking for great coffee spots, restaurants, bars, and interesting shops. Our hotel is downtown (West side, near Tom McCall Park) and we will have bikes available. Big fan of craft beer, coffee, whiskey, Vietnamese... See More

QOlympic National Park: Oddities, hidden gems and surprises you found on the Olympic Peninsula?

I will be hitting the road for a 10 day road trip that starts in Seattle, goes south to Portland then heads up through the Olympic Peninsula, beaches, rain forest trails, tribal reservations, over to Port Townsend along the 101 and the 112 and finally ending back in Seattle.... See More

APalm Springs: Best places to eat in Palm Springs?

You're in luck because Palm Springs is exploding with great new spots to eat and drink right now. My current top picks are: Appetito​ next door to the Ace Hotel. It's new Italian, casual but hip and pretty much everything on the menu is amazing.... See More

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