Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Thematic Photographic 50 - Signs

For a few weeks now I haven't participated in Carmi's Thematic Photographic Challenge but Signs is just too tempting. I have a couple that I will probably post. I find signs very interesting. This particular picture is one I snapped quickly while riding on the Hop On Hop off Double Decker bus in San Francisco. I believe it's a nightclub but I found the inscription on the sign very interesting and double edged. I love the way Love will only let you down is facing down...

Sunday, May 17, 2009

A Thousand Splendid Suns Book Review

I really enjoyed the author's previous book the Kite Runner and received this book as a Christmas gift. I finally picked it up and found that I enjoyed it even more than the Kite Runner. Author Khaled Hosseini delivers several strong messages in this book about the bond between two women Mariam and Laila. I don't want to tell the story as I would encourage others to read this tale. I just want to say something about the message I received from it. It's about forgiveness and regret. That possibly we should put our anger aside and forgive because we later might regret not doing so. Not doing so we could possibly miss out on something very important in our lives.

Monday, May 4, 2009

San Fran Days 6 & 7

I've been so bad at finishing this off but I'm truly committed to it now.

Day 6

At the suggestion of one of the cable car conductors we took the F Streetcar from Fisherman's Wharf up to Castro. A young girl from the cable car said it was a good place to have lunch. We were early so we had breakfast. Then we took the street car back to Union Square where we found a bus that would take us in the vicinity of the Golden Gate Park. A funny story from that bus ride was that my husband was sitting beside a young man who was writing in a notepad. Jeff noticed he was writing a letter to god. It said, "Dear God, I woke up in a bad place this morning but I've worked my way through it and I'm in a better place now. Jeff was worried that the bus was going to lurch and send him careening into the young man sending him back to the bad place.
Once we arrived in Golden Gate Park, we ventured into the beautiful Conservatory of Flowers. And beautiful it truly was. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. Note the train display. The buildings were made from simple items like cassette tapes, etc.

Then we walked around the Botanical Garden and then to the Japanese Tea Garden where we enjoyed some Green tea and cookies. The garden as you can see is spectacular.

After that we took the Culture Bus back to Union Square where we ate dinner at the Cheesecake Factory at Macy's. On exiting Macy's I saw a dog with a cat on top of it and a rat on top of it. I didn't get a picture of this but it didn't take too much googling to find this.

Day 7

We rented a car so that we could go to Muir Woods and Sonoma and also use the car the next day to get to the airport. We picked up the car at 9 a.m. and shortly after we were heading across the Golden Gate Bridge. We took a quick drive through Sausalito and then headed to Muir Woods. What a wonderous place!! Nature is magnificent! We had a nice hike. I have to laugh at myself when we were leaving Muir Woods. The road is beautiful and twisty turny. I was trying to delete bad pictures off my camera to make room for new ones. The act of looking at my camera and the road made me queasy...not a good plan but you know the panic when you think you'll run out of space on your camera on vacation.

After Muir Woods, we made our way to Sonoma. What a beautiful little town. The downtown is built around the town square. It reminds me of Goderich in Ontario. We had a beautiful lunch in a small cafe. If you couldn't pick a wine, they would let you choose 3 and bring you 2 oz's of each. Jeff took them up on it.

After wandering around town we went to Bartholomew Park Winery Their wines are all certified organic. The only sad part is that they aren't available in Canada and they don't ship to Canada. Another reason to return someday.

We headed back to San Francisco for our last supper at Fisherman's Wharf. We decided to go to Joe's Crab Shack. It certainly wasn't the best meal I'd had all week but the one reason I mention it is that at one point there was an announcement that Joe's Crab Shack will be rocking in 2 minutes. I had no idea what this meant. Well apparently all the waiters are dancers too. For about 3 minutes a song comes on and all the waiters and waitresses do a choreographed dance. Nothing gets served or ordered in this time. It was kind of interesting and comical. I have to give them a lot of credit as it was pretty hot in there and some of the bigger guys were sweating profusely afterwards.

In conclusion, we had a great week. The weather was beautiful and only on the morning we were leaving did we see any fitting.