REFLECTIONS ON SAN FRANCISCO

Back home  I reflect……….

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Cable Cars – still a symbol of the city and a most  entertaining ride.

Now that I am back home, I  Iook back at my photos and my thoughts. San Francisco and the Bay Area is a region of cultural explosion , perfect weather, sunny days, beautiful architecture,  spectacular gardens sculpted  by people and wildflowers  by  Mother Nature, a  very wide mix of interesting people and  different languages, Bay and ocean views, marinas full of boats and the love of the water, Ferry Boat rides,  great food of all ethnics, shopping, shopping, shopping and a seemingly endless list of entertainment.

What a great trip and it seems to have calmed my addiction………..at least for the time being……

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Golden Gate Bridge

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Rural post office on way to Muir Woods.

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Redunant signs

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Dog walking is a serious career here.

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Gotta Love San Francisco

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A WALK IN PACIFIC HEIGHTS, SAN FRANCISCO

May 7, 2012

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The Painted Ladies

My Last Day in San Francisco was dedicated to adding 4  1/2 more miles to my pedometer and walking the Pacific Heights Area to absorb the beautiful California weather and the gorgeous Victoria architecture.  This is the neighborhood of the elite and the gawking tourists.  Easily one can tell the difference.  Hope you enjoy my photos as much as I enjoyed my day….

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Home of Romance Writer, Danielle Steele.

She had 6 cars parked  in back.

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Barbra Streisand drove a VW Bug down these steps in

the movie ” What’s Up Doc?”

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Used in filming the movie “Mrs.  Doubtfire”.

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Random Beautiful Homes

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Catholic Convent – keep those donation baskets rolling…….

(Can you tell I’m a recovering Catholic?)

MONTEREY and CARMEL MISSION

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May 6, 2012

Road trip day  again- this time to Monterey, California to visit the Aquarium, Cannery Row ( now shops and restaurants),  and the 17 Mile Drive.  The Aquarium is huge and a great place to take kids.  Now if they could only build one for the adults.  The 17 Mile Drive, especially the coastal section, is awe inspiring.  Carmel By The Sea is a quint little town nearby with shops, restaurants and an interesting old Spanish Mission from 1770. Clint says to tell you all Hello.

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Aquarium Residents

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Old Cannery building, now a microbrewery.

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17 Mile Drive photo ops

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Sea Lions on 17 Mile Drive

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Carmel Mission

MUIR WOODS and SAUSALITO

May 5, 2012

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Today was the a perfect day for venturing over the Golden Gate Bridge to Muir Woods, home of the giant Redwood Trees, whose average height is 200 feet tall.  These trees are magnestic beauties of nature and this cozy forest is  wonderful place to take a stroll.

Afterwards, Sausalito  was a must stop to enjoy the harbor views, shops and refreshments.

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Some perspective of just how big this Redwood is.

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Redwoods typically grow in “family circles”.

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Sausalito shops and shoreline.

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Sausalito Harbor

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I could live here. 🙂

ALCATRAZ

May 4, 2012

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Your Room is Waiting….

A day at Alcatraz.  Interesting, creepy…… but over all it was a beautiful day and I especially enjoyed the wonderful  gardens planted all over the island and tended to by volunteers. Of course, the gorgeous scenery of the Bay Area and the Ferry Boat ride to the island was also unforgetable.   My appreciation  and graditude to  The National  Parks Department for doing such a  great job displaying  the history of The Rock. Thanks also to the gardeners, who give of their time and sweat so that others can enjoy and smell the flowers.

Alcatrz is definitely an attraction in San Francisco that should not to be missed!

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Alcatraz Island

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Cell Blocks and Solitary

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The “yard” used by prisoners in back of the former prison.

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Gardens on Alcatraz Island

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Breathtaking scenery

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CALIFORNIA’s WINE COUNTRY

May 3, 2012

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A visit to California is not complete without a trip to  Wine Country. So we let the tour bus do the driving  and we sat back and enjoyed the day.  Toured four wineries in all but my two favorite were:

V Sattui Winery and Andretti Winery ( yes as in Mario). (No, he did not host the tour. )

Wineries also, I discovered, have beautiful gardens, generally roses gardens.  Because if any pest was going to attack  the grape vines, they will attack the roses first, thus setting off the warning of impending danger.

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V. Sattui Winery

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Andretti Winery

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Sierra Nevada Moutains in the Backdrop

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Chinatown, Coit Tower, Haight Ashbury, What a Day!

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For Sale at the Ferry Build Marketplace

May 2, 2012

Exploring more of   San Francisco, we started our day walking through Chinatown, gawking at the strange items and foods at the outdoor markets.  Coit Tower , high on Telegraph Hill,  was  the next  fun stop.  There is colorful murals completely lining the walls at the  bottom  and at the top of the Tower were postcard views of the city and the Bay area.  Afterwards we walked to the waterfront via the 477 steps Filbert Steps – good thing we were walking down!  This end of the waterfront is one ferryboat pier after another. The Ferry Building Marketplace is a refurbished pier now filled with shops and eats – very Californian and interesting.  Haight Asbury was our next destination via public bus. The closer we got to the Haight, the more colorful the bus became.  Anyone who thinks the Hippie Era has passed, hasn’t been to the Haight.   It is alive, well, and based on the guy smoking pot walking down the steeet, still stoned!    Our final walk of the day was back through Chinatown again.  Its truly its own little world, fun to see and the shopping is never ending.

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Coit Tower

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Views from Coit Tower

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Haight Ashbury

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The 477 Filbert Steps

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Chinatown

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