Sunday, August 30, 2009

I left my heart in San Francisco.......really.......

I love San Francisco! Even as a kid, I loved going 'into the City' for whatever, visiting the Wharf, shopping at the outlets, eating, visiting the SFMOMA (spectacular!), wandering around the Marina district, hanging out at the Farmer's Market....it all appeals to me in a great big way! And, yesterday was a two fold trip.....Roomie and I headed into "The City" to visit with an old friend of her's, a lovely guy who she has reconnected with after many years and to see Tangobaby's photograph exhibit! Plus, eat a great meal and play with my new camera!

(view from friend's home)

After arriving, we decompressed for a short while and then headed out for an Italian meal.....I had a serious hankering for some 'city' Italian.....we were not disappointed:

(Hummmmmmmm)

And for Dessert:

The most amazing French Macaron's I've ever had in my life.....I've shared here before, but, when I find a food item I love, I sort of get a little carried away and decide I have to "master" their creation, looks like French Macaron is on the agenda.....

We walked to the restaurant from Friend's house....the neighborhood was once a bad part of town, but, over the course of a few years it's been restored to a new glory and I thoroughly enjoyed our walk through, using, of course, my new baby! The evening lighting was killing me and I just could not hold my pleasure back in capturing these images......










Not only were me and my Baby, clicking (get it, 'clicking'?), but, me and The City were, too! I love all of the ornate work on the old (and repro) Victorians.....the hum of S.F. is palpable and I was really feeling it last night.










After our dinner, dessert and a pit stop, we headed out to meet Tangobaby and see her exhibit.... I love her S.F.: I Live Here project, check it out, her work is amazing! And, like any rabid adoring fan, I insisted requested to have our photo taken together....she was very gracious and we asked her friend Chipmonkey to take our picture:

While on our pit stop earlier in the evening I took advantage, once again of the magnificent view from Friend's home and played with my new VR lens....and look what happened!

All in all, a splendid adventure.....what a day....Roomie and I had a heinously awesome time! Someday, when I grow up and quit being a pansy ass, I just might move to S.F. and live there, too!

Peace

12 comments:

otin said...

Now I guess I know where the bridge went!! Looks like a great city!

Brian Miller said...

its been a couple years since i was last in Sanf Fran...used to fly in and out of Oakland when i had to travel to CA. sounds like you had a great time. wonderful pics!

marinik said...

ohh, love that city too, been there a few times and enjoy it more and more each time i'm there, glad you had a good time and "clicked" with your new toy :)

Pastor Sharon said...

Well, now I know where you and that bridge was today. Great post.

The Fragrant Muse said...

I was in San Jose last March and am still gnashing my teeth that I was so close and didn't visit. It's an awesome city! Did you drive down Lombard Street?

An Open Heart said...

Otin, what would I be doing in New Jersey? S.F. is a fabulous city and the few pictures I posted here do not even begin to do it justice....

Brian, it had been a couple of years for me, too, Labor Day weekend 5 years ago....after a break up I spent the whole weekend in S.F. just walking around the City taking photos...the old fashioned way, of course, with film....

Mari, you could still come visit me some time and we could go to the City together.....? Since you can't make blog camp this time.....

Pastor Sharon....silly little mystery, eh?

TFM, I did not drive down Lombard street this trip, but, my Aunt and Uncle lived in S.F. for years, so, I've been down Lombard.....

Fe said...

Wow, what a great day you had...love the pictures

julochka said...

so lovely to see you with tangobaby and to see your views of SF. :-) wonderful!!! isn't the blogosphere fantastic!

Pat said...

What gorgeous pictures. Love the view from your friend's place. What kind of camera did you get?

An Open Heart said...

Julochka, yeah, it was very cool to meet Tangobaby, she is soooo beautiful....I sort of considered my visit a little 'pre blog camp' experiment!

Pat, you are the only one who asked what camera I got....and I'm soo excited to tell: Nikon D40 with two lenses.....it's like driving a new cadillac after owning a clunker!

Christina said...

this is wonderful! these pictures are amazing! you both look beautiful : )
xoxo

Christina said...

ps: yum to the macaron's!