Trip to San Francisco

We just got back from a 12 day trip to the San Francisco Bay Area to visit family and friends and we thought it was going to be fun but it truly exceeded our expectations. Usually, vacations have meant sightseeing or laying on the beach but this time we mostly visited with people who mean a lot to us, old friends and new. So, big thanks to the following (in no particular order): Mom, Toby, Jen, Tony, Juanita, Seth, Saya, Sam, Emily, Derek, Gennie, Joan, Dave, Myra, Joey and GF, Pablo, Caroline, Nancy and family, Tatiana, Misha, Peter and Litianna.

We did manage to see a few sights, starting with the Golden Gate Bridge on a perfect day, weatherwise.

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A couple of nice views of the City from the bridge.

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And a old fort underneath it. I think this is Fort Funston but could be mistaken.

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The put in a new gift shop and pavilion to give information about the bridge and the engineering feats to build it. Eleven workers died in the four years the bridge was under constructions, which was considered a great leap in safety at the time.

ImageSan Francisco is full of beautifully painted old Victorian houses. These are by no means the finest examples, since we just happened to notice these as we were driving by. 

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On Saturday we celebrated my mom’s 96th trip around the sun. There she is waving the you all.

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Really good lemon cake. 

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On Sunday, we went to the beach with two friends, Sam and Emily. Mariette was their nanny for years and we all have become best of friends. The beach was blowing like crazy, which you may not be able to tell from the pictures. 

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Lots of driftwood around that people build stuff with.

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Later, we went to dinner at their grandparents’ and had an absolutely fantastic meal.

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Here’s Sam. Don’t let the angelic smile fool you. He is taking Kung Fu and doing great at it.

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This is how the world sees Emily.

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This is how Emily sees the world, basically. Both of these kids are very sweet but alive with a capital A. I tell their parents they hit the lottery twice.

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On our last day we went with my mom to Hakone Gardens in Saratoga, near San Jose. This is the oldest Japanese garden and estate in the Western Hemisphere and is a really beautiful place.

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Costume and screen inside the tea house shown in an earlier photo.

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Wisteria arbor. It was no longer in bloom.

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Finally, a couple shots of my mom. 

Happy Birthday, again, Mom. And many more!

We took a direct flight to Copenhagen, which was great. Direct flights are the only way to go, I am discovering. Having tried a trick to avoid jet lag (eat only fruits and vegetables for 72 hours beforehand) and slammed down a couple melatonin, I slept for several of our 11 hour flight and arrived in not too bad a shape. We took the train back to Halmstad and I walked over to the opening of my exhibition, more news of that to come, so stay tuned.

Anyway, it was great to go and great to come back. Life is good.

 

 

 

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