California dreaming

October 13, 2013

This Hyatt hotel has incredible blinds on the picture windows. They operate remotely via a button beside the bed and silently swoosh down to exclude every little bit of light from the room. Lovely and dark.

The amazing thing is that, when they are raised in the morning, a new, beautiful jewel of a day is there, just outside the window, waiting to be explored.

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A lovely Sunday. Good morning San Francisco.

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Coming from Vancouver, I just naturally ease into California life. I think one of my greatest pleasures is walking, no, getting lost in a city. Feeling it, watching it live and breathe. It’s super amazing to be a quiet observer of the Sunday morning social:

China town laundry day, a Ferrari club meet, morning dumplings and the Italian parade volunteers.

Sunday morning

Today I decided to walk along the beach to the Golden Gate Bridge. Loads of people were biking, jogging, walking along the way. There was a brilliant little farmer’s market and other surprises:

Up and down hills, mermaids at the beach, kites waiting for the wind, market dahlias.


There was a book sale at the farmer’s market. Darn it anyway, I wanted to read practically every book I picked up. But unfortunately I’m limited to weight and have already bought some books, so I had to take only photos. (So ordering these as soon as I get home.)


Finally, after about 10 miles, the bridge is near.

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I loved playing with and watching the assorted beach dogs. Look at these four boofy, (very technical term) shnoodley, (another very technical term) wonderfully happy beach dogs.


On the way back to the piers I spied a lovely Colosseum-type building. It turned out to be the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre. The gardens were so lovely and the architecture is magic; like an ancient Greek temple.


Back down the beach, around the boats, up hill and down hill to a late lunch.

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Mmm, fresh steamed dungeness crab, lemony butter and sourdough bread.

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It was late afternoon by now and I walked down past the rest of the piers and at pier 15 I found the Exploratoriun. And guess what! It was one of their FREE DAYS! The next free day isn’t happening till February. Well, then I just had to go in. 🙂


An hour of so there and then the trek back across town, to Union Square, where the shops were all still open.

What’s a girl to do…

Finally, back for the evening and just in time to see the sunset.

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Honestly, if every day could be like this, well, why would you go anyplace else?

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  • Reply rarasaur October 13, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Beautiful! 🙂 You’re still hours away from me, though… when are you planning on exploring beautiful Orange County? 😀 😀

    • Reply Veronica October 14, 2013 at 4:25 am

      Darn! Next time! It’s been a while since I was in Orange County. I’ll add it to the list. 🙂

  • Reply AC October 14, 2013 at 2:54 am

    What a day you had, strenuous but very pleasant, I’m sure.

    • Reply Veronica October 14, 2013 at 4:24 am

      Just a great day AC. I’m pretty fit so the walking was just fine. 🙂

  • Reply Daryl October 14, 2013 at 4:13 am

    sounds perfect to me

    • Reply Veronica October 14, 2013 at 4:22 am

      It practically is. The only missing pieces are Robert, my children and a number of silly cats. With them here it would be heaven. 🙂

  • Reply Christie October 14, 2013 at 4:37 am

    Wow, I feel like I have been to San Francisco with you. What a great way to see the city. You certainly see and find so many more interesting people, places and things by foot. Are you doing this all by yourself? Personally, I like traveling by myself sometimes because I think I’m more open to speaking to other people as they are to me, when I’m alone.

    • Reply Veronica October 14, 2013 at 4:45 am

      Thank’s Christie, I’m glad you fell like you’re with me here. I take so many photos it’s hard for me to edit down to the dozen or so to post. There are just too many interesting people and things to photograph! Yesterday I downloaded and processed over 200, and the day before about 250! Too much to see and document! 🙂

  • Reply Cindy Siebert (@scribler) October 14, 2013 at 4:50 am

    San Francisco is definitely on my bucket list of places I want to visit. And this post has only increased my desire to go.

    • Reply Veronica October 14, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      I’m so glad Cindy. It’s a bit of a magical city for me. So lovely. I do hope you get to see it. 🙂

  • Reply liz October 14, 2013 at 5:00 am

    These photos are amazing! I also liked the mermaids, never seen anything like that but I love in New York.
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Veronica October 14, 2013 at 6:21 pm

      Hi Liz. Those mermaids were just so surreal to see. 🙂

  • Reply Power Coach Alishia October 14, 2013 at 6:17 am

    Wow Veronica!!!!!!
    What a blissful trip. Looks like you’re having a fabulous time.

    Remember, every single day could be this amazing, you have to create this life. It can be yours my love.

    Thanks again for sharing
    Power Coach Alishia

    • Reply Veronica October 14, 2013 at 6:22 pm

      Hi Alishia, It is extremely lovely here, peaceful and sunny and golden. 🙂

  • Reply dianecayton October 14, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Just the view out the window would be enough to make me want to stay a while. What a perfect time you must have had!

    • Reply Veronica October 14, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      I know Diane! I don’t even want to know how many of the 600 odd photos I took are out of that window. Thank god for digital! 🙂

  • Reply Carol Early Cooney October 15, 2013 at 1:06 am

    I love your posts. They exude such beauty and tranquility. Thank you.

    • Reply Veronica October 16, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      Aw thank you Carol. I try to go for calmness but don’t always succeed. 🙂

  • Reply Sara v October 15, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Good for you, you DID have sourdough! And fresh steamed crab with butter (drool!!) throw in a glass of white wine and that is my most favorite CA meal 🙂 What a lot of walking you did–holy cow!! I’m quite impressed and love all the views–thank you (those mermaids are awesome! (and brave–that water is COLD) fun, fun fun!!

    • Reply Veronica October 16, 2013 at 3:31 pm

      Oh yes baby! I want to be a mermaid now! I’m a really good swimmer and would love to give that mermaid tail a try. 🙂

  • Reply Ida P. Krause October 15, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Wow looks like you are having a fabulous time. What great photos. I loved the shot of the Crabs, The colorful boats, the playful dogs and chuckled over those mermaids on the beach.

    • Reply Veronica October 16, 2013 at 3:32 pm

      Hi Ida, thank you so much. Those mermaids were so awesome; I want a fish tail too now. 🙂

  • Reply October 18, 2013 at 5:08 am

    Just beautiful Veronica.

    • Reply Veronica October 18, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      Thanks Kathryn. So beautiful in San Fran. I love it there. 🙂

  • Reply Angela October 19, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful city snippets. San Francisco is a city I really hope I get to visit one day

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