San Francisco

A perfect weekend and finish to our trip in San Francisco. We had breakfast yesterday at one day at my favorite bakeries- Tartine. This morning we had breakfast at the Craftsman & Wolves who serves a delicious muffin with a soft-boiled egg in the middle. How did they do that? The America’s Cup is going on in San Francisco Bay which added to the excitement. We even saw the police talking a person down from the edge of the Golden Gate Bridge. It is time to come home.

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

Napa II

Yesterday we woke up to a lavish brunch at The Villagio. We traveled up to tour the Castello di Amorosa winery which was very impressive. It is a Tuscan castle built in the 90’s. Their wine was outstanding. Afterwards we popped by Gott’s for their famous burgers and garlic butter fries. Sinful!

We traveled straight to San Francisco that afternoon. While here we are staying at a friend’s pad that has perfect view of the city. It is also in walking distance to Tartine… the best French bakery in town.

Yesterday we walked and walked… Popped in The Clift Hotel to see the Redwood Bar and their video portraits of people. It is fun to see the pictures blink….very Harry Potterish. We made a reservation at the wildly popular R & G Restaurant in Chinatown. While waiting an hour, we rode the cable car up and down the street.

Today we head to Alcatraz and more!

Napa II

Napa II

Napa II

Napa

An evening at Villagio Inn and Spa and dinner at Harvey’s….now off to tour a winery before heading to San Francisco.

Napa

Napa

Yosemite

Yesterday was a full day at Yosemite National Park. See I added one black and white photo when I was channeling Ansel Adams. The interior shot is of The Ahwahnee…. A glorious 1920s hotel. Today we leave the mountains and are off to Napa.

Yosemite

Yosemite

Yosemite

Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks

The Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks are glorious. Today and tomorrow we are exploring Yosemite. Should I photograph just in black and white today? Like Ansel Adams? I am getting a little tired of driving twisty roads with 3,000 ft drop offs…. though it is worth the views!

Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks

Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks

Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks

Death Valley

Sunday we spent the night in Death Valley- Furnace Creek Ranch. Death Valley was hot, dry and spectacular! We did not go to the brothel pictured here…just took a picture!

Monday AM we moved on to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Such a rapid change in ecosystem!

The next two nights we are in Yosemite.

Death Valley

Death Valley

Hoover Dam

Yesterday we visited the Hoover Dam. What an impressive American engineering marvel! In the evening we went to KA, a Cirque du Soleil show. This was my first time and I was in awe! We are off to Death Valley this morning. I think Vegas is fun, though I am ready to move on.

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam