Saturday, July 21, 2012

SF and Napa, July, 2012

If you follow my blog, you must know we went to California a few weeks ago and I posted about San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate last week.

After walking around those areas, my niece Stephanie drove us along Lombard St. where the crookedest street is located. I cannot count how many times I have gone through there but I always oooh and aaah everytime I see it. Just look at that spectacular view!

 And the houses are stunning!
 And look at the landscaping! How can they have it all? DH said he would not want to live there because cars and tourists are always passing by, lol. I wouldn't mind though, if I am surrounded with that beauty. How about you?
 I love the hydrangeas and the bouganvilles. Such pretty colors!

 We finally reached the bottom and I just had to look back one more time.
 Then my nephew called and wanted us to meet them at the Outlet Mall in Vacaville. On our way there, we passed by Napa Valley and passed by gorgeous view of the wineries.

 But when we saw this winery called Domain Carneros, we had to get down to take pictures and absorb its beauty.
 The view was simply breathtaking! Did I mention that my almost 94 year old (will be on July 24) mother was traveling with us? There she is with one of my sisters.

John is wearing blue so that qualifies for Blue Monday in addition to the blue sky, right?

 This is my youngest brother, Vic and his wife, Che.
 Our chauffeur and niece, Stephanie. You would think she lives in California giving us a tour, but she lives in Chicago.

"Romeo and Juliet" after years of being together, lol!

Aren't these grapes just gorgeous and bountiful?

This was our destination, the Outlet Mall in Vacaville. My nephew and his wife wanted us to meet them here. Look at that full moon!
Here are my 2 sisters and me at Michael Kors. John wanted to take our picture while shopping, lol. I considered buying that MK purse.
But I got this instead. Same size and style but I think this one with alligator skin is more practical and I can use it everyday. Besides, I just bought a Coach purse with snake skin.
Thanks so much for traveling along.
I am linking with with

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Shadow Shot Sunday 2
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Susan's Outdoor Wed.
Thanks ladies, for hosting!

BTW, I would like to add this. The reason we went to California was to attend my nephew and his wife's silver wedding anniversary. My mom and all my brothers and sisters also came. Here I am with my mom and sisters. Doesn't my mom look good? She will be 94 on the 24th of this month. I hope I inherit her skin, hardly any wrinkles at her age.


Terri said...

Hello Christine,

Looks like you had a fun fun trip! I am soooo wanting to visit Napa and Sonoma. I found a neat wine train that travels through that area and offers a nice dinner. My summer hasn't turned out so well but I'm hanging in there..... Always thought I was healthy as a horse but everything can change in a split second, can't it?

Loretta said...

Hi Christine,
Your photos are sooo pretty...this
is such beautiful country. You have an amazing family; your Mom is ageless! Thanks for sharing your trip to California with us...I thoroughly enjoyed it! Enjoy your time!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Thanks for sharing your trip with us - so much to take in. No - I would not want to live on the drive, as I would not want to deal with the trip up and down. :-D I can imagine it would be a lot to deal with all the tourists constantly.
Your Mother looks great !
Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Beth said...

Hi Christine, You are beautiful, and so are your family members! Looks like you had a great time. What a beautiful place to visit.

Gemma Wiseman said...

An amazing collection of travel views! Those streetscapes are wonderful!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

First of all...what a wonderful photo of you, your sisters and mom! Your mom looks so amazing :o) What beautiful scenery on that most "crooked street"! Looks like so much fun with your family. And love the Romeo and Juliette photo too :o)

Blessings & Aloha!

chubskulit said...

Fun, fun, fun in a beautiful place!

Here's my shadow shots, have a blessed Sunday.

Sarah said...

Christine, thanks for the tour. I love the San Francisco area, and yes, I could live there. Love the climate and all the beautiful flowers that one can grow there. Glad you and your family had a good time.

Chubby Chieque said...

That's a cool trip, Ate Xine.

Wow... MK... I must be dying if I get one of his blings §:-)

And lastly, Mother dear, is absolutely gorgeous. Waaahhh... malayong-malayo ka dyan Ate... snabin ka pa ng Mamâ... ha ha... U will never get her skin porcelana, daba? Ano kayang sekwet ng prettilicous, Mum?

Hugs to all...

Lady Linda said...

I love SF! What nice pictures of you and your family. I love following your adventures.

The French Hutch said...

Great photos Christine. You brought back such sweet memories for me so thanks for the tour. Loved all the flowers. What a beautiful place for a family reunion.

the French Hutch


I enjoyed your trip too Christine. You always take some great shots from where you are and these California pics are wonderful. God bless your mom for her Tuesday 94th. birthday, wow!! Great pics of the family too. Hugs,

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Cute purse. I love that street in SF but I have never gotten out and walked it. Also I have not been to Napa Valley. So close and yet so far away.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

How wonderful to see you and part of your family having fun again. I love that part of the country, so pretty and the weather is always fantastic. Happy Birthday to your mom. Hugs, Marty

BrightenedBoy said...

Your mother is looking great for 94. I visited San Francisco four years ago and was captivated by the city's beauty, but I think the weather would prevent me from ever living there.

Bonnie said...

Christine, Your family photo is beautiful! I know you are proud of it. It should be an 8x10 or larger prominently displayed in your home for sure! Your mother is beautiful and to make the trip is VERY SPECIAL. Your photos are all very pretty of the area. Yes, the grapes are so pretty and Lombard Street. Nice post.

Traci said...

What a wonderful trip! Everything is gorgeous! San Fran & Napa are on my list of places to go.

Dolores said...

I love San Francisco. Your pictures are spectacular and your family is beautiful!

Annesphamily said...

Your photos are gorgeous! San Francisco is a beautiful city! Thanks for sharing!

SwedishCorner-DownUnder...Pernilla said...

HBM! SF is beautiful. Hope to go there one day :) Thanks for the tour!
Greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

Jonatan Beil said...

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Giancarlo said...

Grazie al tuo post ho visitato San Francisco. e la trovo molto bella!!felice inizio settimana a te...ciao

Cafe au lait said...

Wonderful photos you share.

My Blue.

SmilingSally said...

John makes a good Blue Boy! I love this blue sky; thanks for sharing.

I've been down Lombard Street, but I sure wouldn't want to live there. It's too busy/noisy for me.

You are so very fortunate to have your mother to hug.

Happy Blue Monday, Christine.

joanne said...

My 40 yr. old nephew lives in S.F., and wouldn't live anywhere else...It is a beautiful and alive city, and your pics prove it....great shots

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

Very beautiful spectacular pics!
Looked like you were enjoying yourself! :)

chubskulit said...

Your Mom looks very young for her age!! Visiting from Blue Monday.

My BLUE post, come and see when you get a chance.

Barbara said...

Enjoyed the Nappa Valley pictures as I have a distant cousin who owns vineyards there.

Don't think I would want to live in California as I love England too much but would be happy to have some of their weather occasionally!

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