Friday, April 24, 2009

I Left My Heart In San Francisco and a Pink Honeysuckle

The week is almost over. Whew! It's been a busy and hectic week so now it is time to relax and go sightseeing. If you want to join me on this weekly meme, let me know by Friday and I can add your travel link. I am so excited because Chandy of http://whatnowtablescapes.blogspot.com/ is participating again so I get to enjoy another sightseeing.

You know, we do not have to travel to Europe or to the Caribbean to see beautiful sceneries. We have great sceneries right in our good ol' USA backyard! Today, I will take you to one of my favorite cities, the city of San Francisco in California, where the air is crisp and the view of the bay is refreshing. Everytime we go there, I leave part of my heart and I want to keep coming back.
Of course you have seen this famous neighborhood! They show it on TV commercials all the time.
This is Danielle Steel's house. You probably love reading her novels or watch them portrayed on the Lifetime movie channel. This very talented author has over 580 million copies of her books printed and every one of them are best sellers.
The famous TransAmerica pyramid building sticks out.

Look at the streets of San Francisco, nothing boring about it, steep hills, trolley tracks and beautiful view of the bay.
I tried doing Tai Chi with the Asian people in front of the church early morning. The air was cool and crisp and was very refreshing.
John had a meeting here at Westin Saint Francis Hotel, on the very top floor and we had to take a clear glass elevator located on the exterior wall of the building. It was so creepy going up because we were so high. But the ride was worth it to get to these scrumptious desserts! LOL! But of course, everytime we go to San Francisco, we always have to visit the crookedest street. I cannot count how many times I have seen it.
This is the house on top of the street. Wouldn't you like to sit in that patio and enjoy the view. Aaaaah! Simply breathtaking!
We took a cruise on the Bay and these seals were one of the first things we saw. Kinda smelly but interesting to look at. There were so many of them and all of them were sunbathing and so noisy!
And of course, you have to see the Golden Gate Bridge when you go there. After all, it is one of the icons of the city.
Probably not a lot of people see this view of the bridge. We were on a boat and went right under it so I was able to take a pic. Check out the flying sea gull.
Alcatraz, which you all know was used as a prison.
A closer view
There is always something fun going on at the Fisherman's Wharf.
We went to the Asian Museum of Fine Arts. I wanted to take everything that was displayed there but I was only allowed to take this head home. LOL!
I met with Yvonne, who I boarded with when we were in College and who I have not seen for so many years and what do women do when they get together? Shopping, of course!
Look at the blue crabs in China Town, one of the places that we like to visit.
We always like to eat there too. I hope you enjoyed the tour today. I had to post this is advance cause I am out of town. I apologize if I am not able to comment for a while. I'll catch up when I get back.

It's also Pink Saturday, which is hosted by Beverly at http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/my_weblog/. Please visit her blog and check out the list of participants for all the lovely pinks posted today.
For my contribution, I would like to show you my Goldflame Honeysuckle. I don't know why it is called goldflame cause I think it is pink and not gold. I guess there is a little gold in the center.
I think it is a wonderful climbing plant and the flowers smell so good.
Thanks Beverly and thank you all for swinging by today! You all have a great week!






















14 comments:

Nicole ~ said...

Thanks for the scenic trip to San Francisco. I have not been there before, but I plan to get there one of these days!!

My grandparents were married in San Francisco, and lived there for awhile when they were in the military.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Thanks for a great tour of S.F.! Loved the pic with your dh's head that you got to take home with you! That picture of the sea gull under the Golden Gate Bridge was so pretty. laurie

OCDesigner ~Athella said...

Christine, I think I could smell those seal from here...I just adore them though..guess thats my coastal roots...That picture of your husband behind the sculpture made me look twice and laugh out loud. I am impressed with your Tai Chi endeavor.
What fun!!! ~Athella

Fifi Flowers said...

LOVE SAn Fran... looks like a good trip! LOVE the PINK honeysuckle... PRETTY!
ENJOY your weekend!
Fifi

Chandy said...

Hi Christine, I finally have my post up!

When we lived in CA, we went to Pier 39, Pier 1, Fisherman's Wharf, we went on the dinner cruise, the revolving restaurant and seen Lombard Street. We even went to the Farmer's Market when we took the train up there from San Jose.

Lovely pink post, too!

ann said...

that is so cute with John sticking his head around from that sratue.ha.
well honey ,i get all my traveling done with you and John.we had a balst didn't we?...ann

Cynthia said...

Hi Christine,
Oh, does that bring back memories! Hubby and I were there 3 summers ago. All your pics are similar to ours, I loved visiting there. I hope I didn't freak you out too much with the bat pic. For some reason, I thought you were from Florida. I was in Biloxi years ago and that is my main memory of Mississippi. Have a great week-end Christine, soon I will join you on sightseeing Sat. Cindy

Nancy @ La Chambre Rose said...

I enjoyed my "trip" back to San Francisco. Love honeysuckle! Happy Pink Saturday!

someplace in thyme said...

I grew up in the city, so I know it well, you took great pictures to represent it. I have found thru my travels that there isn't a city or town in this country that doesn't have something beaurtiful to offer if we just open our eyes, Happy Pink Saturday, Char

Chari said...

Hey Girlfriend...

Hmmm...I'm about to get "caught-up"! hehe!!!

Wow...what memories your post of San Francisco brings back to me. When I was very young, I lived there for a few months! It's a beautiful city isn't it...with so much to see and do!!! I would love to go back for a visit!!! Thank you for sharing the photos...I love your sight-seeing trips!!!

Love your pretty goldflamed honeysuckle! That pink is soooo pretty!!! Girl, is this the same pretty planter that you had used in a couple of your tablescapes? I'm thinking that it is! It's such a pretty planter...your honeysuckle will vine beautifully around it!!! Beautiful...

Love ya,
Chari

marty39 said...

Christine, I havn't been to San Francisco in years. What a treat. I loved seeing everything again. It is such a fun city. Hugs, Marty

nikkicrumpet said...

What an awesome tour of a beautiful city! I love San Francisco! It looks like you guys had a wonderful time!

Carrie said...

This brings back so many memories of my visit to San Francisco.

Deb said...

I've never seen pink honeysuckle, how cool. love the photos of SF..

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