Out on the Town

I noticed this couple as I was waiting at the crosswalk and thought they were adorable! Shhh… they don’t know I took this! : -)

I wish you ALL – Hearts full of Happiness and Homes full of Love

I want to take a minute to say thank you for all the nice comments and support. As a new blogger I can’t tell you how much it means to me that someone out there is paying a bit of attention. It makes my day – really!

Have a happy and blessed holiday season however you celebrate it. PEACE.

So- not exactly a holiday picture BUT it is full of Christmas-y colors. ūüôā

From our recent trip to San Francisco a street view of Chinatown.

It was a Dark and Stormy…ummmm.. day!

It was a typical SF morning , hazy with¬†a bit of lingering fog, but bright… the photo was of course kind of washed out as will be in those circumstances so I embraced it! Processed with CS5 and some dodging and burning¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† f/16, 1/250, ISO 320¬†¬† If¬†I was any good at drawing I would add some bats flying overhead.




Columbus Ave or as I like to call it “Book Street”

Walking to dinner I saw this! 30 minutes later we started on our way again.¬† : )¬† Patient(!) ¬†husband…




San Francisco Re-Cap

I could wax poetic for a long time about our weekend in SF but to spare your sanity I will skim over just the highlights. I hear your collective sigh of relief. : ) San Francisco did NOT disappoint!!! We stayed at the Omni this time, and loved it. Would definitely stay here again. Great location, quietly elegant lobby, exceptionally friendly and helpful staff (!) Lovely room with a view of the bay.¬† 5 stars! The city was enchanting as usual, starting with the gorgeous ORANGE ¬†lighted Christmas tree across the street, here…

    the traditional wreath bedecked windows of Macys here..                                                                        

the gorgeous atrium in Neiman Marcus and ice skating in Union square….magical.

We went to the farmers market Ferry Bldg 1 Saturday morning and were surprised by a full choir singing carols from the upper level. 

If you have never been to the farmers market you should make every effort to go. It’s full of wonderful produce, amazing and varied prepared foods, a to die for view, artisan market, wine tasting….need I say more? If you are looking for a different shopping experience from the department stores this is it. Speaking of the market Рhave you ever taken an immediate liking to someone? Been drawn to them for some reason? One of the artisans there had that effect on me. She makes the most adorable finger puppets. …and also builds them into unique wearable pieces like brooches and bracelets. Charming!  She had a gentleness and quiet spirit about her that I loved and her talent is out of this world. I wish I knew some little one I could buy one of these creations for, they are so imaginative.  Crocheted Creations by Diana, check out her booth, quite a talent!

Had some wonderful food as well. San Francisco can rival NYC with their restaurant scene in my humble opinion. The first night we tried Millenium, an upscale but casual gourmet vegan restaurant. Highly recommend. An unusual and creative cocktail menu, thoughtful and interesting small plates and ¬†entrees¬†as well as a prix fixe menu that is discounted Sun-¬†Wed. Definitely worth a try even if you are a carnivore.¬† A ¬†bit spendy¬†but the quality is on par with the cost so no problem there. ¬†Second night went to North Beach aka Little Italy and had pizza at¬†BaoNecci¬†.¬† It was a tiny bit like being back in Italy! The family is from Lucca which we have visited and is definitely a neighborhood restaurant, many people coming in and out greeting each other, very warm, friendly vibe. Towards the end of our meal two nicely dressed older women wearing sturdy¬†shoes – clich√©¬†I know –¬†but so accurate, there really is no other way to describe them and carrying¬† pocketbooks ‚Äď again, you know what I mean, what else could I¬†do here?¬†-came in, were greeted effusively in Italian and sat immediately at a table up front. It was charming and a scene you will see a thousand times over in Italy it made me nostalgic for our time living in Europe.¬†Oh and the pizza.. Thin crust , very Italian, my husband¬†calls it a cracker crust and that’s a great¬†description.

We finished up our trip with tons of shopping of course, and an unplanned side trip to the Contemporary Jewish Museum for an exhibit that caught my eye on Houdini! Now there was an interesting, enigmatic man.  The museum did a wonderful job.  Very interesting and thorough exhibit. Check it out if you are in the area. That wraps it up.

STILL going through pictures. My photo post of the day is one of my favorites. I hope you are all finished with holiday preparations – I would not want to brave the stores these last few days!