If one picture=1000 words, what can I get for a couple dozen?

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San Francisco photo essay

On a list of my top five cities (which would include New York and Paris and I don’t know where else right now) is most definitely San Francisco.

I’ll never forget the first time I came through the Marin Headlands in that drive-away bomb of a car I mentioned a couple of weeks ago (the one that broke down at a tobacco farm in Wisconsin?) and came down the hill as the Golden Gate Bridge loomed before me.

Absolutely awesome, spectacular and scary at the same time.

I was blown away by the dramatic steepness of the roads, the cable cars, Alcatraz, the water views everywhere; Berkeley, the beaches, Pier 39, the Coit and Transamerica Towers.  It was breathtaking, and amazing.

And it still always is (especially those hills!)

FSCN3160 (2)I’m fortunate now to have my best friend living not far from the city, so I have more than a good excuse to visit. I guess I’ve now been there a half a dozen times or so over the years, and there’s always something new to see, to do, to experience.

So for this week, instead of writing a full-on piece, IFSCN3378 thought I’d present a slide show/photo essay of some of my favourite memories from trips to San Francisco.  (note:  I know I have some, and I’ve even driven it, but I cannot find a photo of Lombard Street, the World’s Crookedest Street; so I’ve included one from the web…courtesy of Trover).

And here’s a little Tony Bennett to play along.  You’re welcome.

And in case you’re interested:

San Francisco visitor info

Insider tips

Downloadable tourist map

11 day trip from San Francisco (personally, I’d make it 12 and add Carmel & Monterey)




You meet the nicest people….

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This…plus a credit card, a little cash and a couple pairs of underwear…and you’re good to go.

I went on my first solo trip in a very, very long time last month.

I didn’t realize it at first, because I’ve travelled a lot of places by myself. I fly to New York to visit family and friends all the time and no one goes with me; I’ve been to Europe and all over Canada on business; I’ve gone many places, an adult alone, with a child in tow.

But as a friend explained to me today, this is the first time in a long time I’ve gone on vacation alone.

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Going Back….


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Plus ça change, plus ça même chose….

K, so it’s the first weekend of Stampede and I can see the fireworks waay off in the distance as they explode over Stampede Park.  They’re pretty far away—I can’t hear them—but the view from my apartment is pretty cool.

It’s super hot during the day—the kind of heat that causes the clouds to bubble up at the end of the day, and threaten to drop a pound or two of hail onto your garden, or worse, the hood of your car.

It’s that heat that’s just unbearable—the kind that drags you down and makes you grateful for a respite in an air-conditioned restaurant or pub or club.

It was just like this a year ago, when I was in the middle of a life transition.

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In My Father’s Footsteps

IMG_7695It’s Father’s Day.  In case you didn’t know.

My father’s been dead for more than 50 years; he passed away when I was seven.

I can’t pretend to have fond memories of him, or any memories at all for that matter. Actually, that’s not true; I have some very vague recollections of a handful of specific events—some good, some not so good–but that’s about it.

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Looking for a few good…books….

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These were my dad’s…I don’t know that I’ve ever read one from cover to cover

I spend too much time my electronic devices.

My phone is usually the first thing I pick up in the morning and the last thing I plug in at night. Yes, I still have an alarm clock; I was just thinking about this the other day–I will most likely keep using it until it dies and then probably not replace it, because why?

Then I go for the iPad.  I have two; one is ancient but still works, and the other is a newer version, complete with key pad and lovely all-in-one carrying case (ok, it’s not lovely, but it works).

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