Tuesday, June 28, 2016

A woman you'll never forget

Golden Gate Bridge

I drove through San Francisco on the way home from last weekend's wedding. I wasn't taking time to sight-see, except for this one detour for a view of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. The bridge is a sight that never fails to impress.

Most of the time, people stop at the quick-in-quick-out viewing point at the north end of the bridge. But if you take the road to the other side of the highway and drive a little ways up the Marin Headlands road, there are many turnouts that offer more views of the bridge, without the crowds.

"I have known her for 15 years, and she is more beautiful than ever ... Her hair is usually a copper-red, and she has enormous feet, but once you have seen her bathing in the sun, she becomes a woman you will never forget."
~ Dean Jennings, The Chronicle, 1952

Monday, June 27, 2016

Our biggest lake

Clear Lake

I traveled to northern California this past weekend for a wedding, which was held near Clear Lake. Clear Lake is located about an hour north of San Francisco, and has the distinction of being the largest natural lake wholly within California. (This distinction excludes Lake Tahoe, which is larger but is also bordered by Nevada.)

With over 100 miles of shoreline, Clear Lake is a popular destination for camping, fishing, boating, or, in our case, having a relaxing pre-wedding dinner with family and friends.

Clear Lake

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Pretty lemon tree

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This lemon tree looked so full and the lemons were huge. It reminded me of the old Peter, Paul & Mary song, "Lemon tree, very pretty, and the lemon flower is sweet, but the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat."

Saturday, June 25, 2016

You say tomato, I say tomato

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I love homegrown tomatoes and these heirloom tomatoes at the farmers' market were irresistible.

"If tomatoes are classified as a fruit...isn't ketchup technically a smoothie."

Friday, June 24, 2016

Window dressing

Second Tyme Around thrift shop

I often snap a picture of the latest window display at the Second Tyme Around thrift shop in downtown Downey. But this is the first time I've seen the work in progress. The Hawaiian-themed display must have caught someone's eye, because a dress was being purchased, and some redressing was definitely necessary.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Italian gelato

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Another significant part of our trip to Italy was eating. One of our favorite stops was any gelato shop, there's always a few in every city. Oh my gosh, it is so good. I had dark chocolate, peach, black cheesecake with chocolate chunks (over multiple visits). This particular shop, Gelateria Caffe, in Rapallo, was manned by Giulio, the thumbs up guy. He said to drop by any time.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

I'm higher than you

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On our recent trip to Europe, we visited Lucca, Italy, a town in northern Italy west of Florence. Our guide told us about the inhabitants of the city during the 13th century and how to show their prestige they would build a tower next to their home. Each one built a little higher than the last person.

The city government finally said enough and enacted a building code for the maximum height of any tower. So, this owner decided that since the code didn't say anything about items on top of the built structure, they would create a 10-foot-deep pit at the top and fill it with dirt. Then they planted trees to make their tower look taller than anyone else's.

Good thing they don't have California sequoia trees in Italy.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

We all scream for ice cream!

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Without a doubt, my fav was the grilled pineapple bourbon caramel! This stall in the farmers' market had some amazingly good ice cream.

"You can't buy Happiness, but you can buy Ice Cream and that's kind of the same thing."