Monterey California

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Monterey is a 2+ hour drive from San Francisco. We periodically travel to Monterey and nearby Pacific Grove to take in the beautiful scenery, and of course, to visit some wineries in Carmel Valley. Oh yes, and to eat at nice restaurants (not the San Francisco’s restaurants aren’t great!) Our summer 2019 trip was no [Read more …]

Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park

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Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, while created at different times and technically separate, are contiguous in the Southern Sierra Mountains. They contain magnificent sequoia trees are easily visited together. Kings Canyon Kings Canyon has three radically different sections, the: Canyon, for which the park is named. The canyon is the deepest in the country, [Read more …]

Sierra Mountain Area

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We were on the way from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park. To get there, we took a break from the long drive from San Francisco with a few stops along the way to some beautiful mountain towns, Murphys California Murphys California is a pretty, historic, gold mining town. Many of its business district buildings [Read more …]

Mendocino and Fort Bragg California

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We recently spent a few nights in Mendocino California. We always enjoy the town’s 19th-century town’s character, its water towers, gardens and lovely residential streets. While we rarely visit most of the touristy stores, we never seem to tire of strolling through the headlands or the town’s streets. And as a bonus, during our stroll [Read more …]

Rethinking the Legacy of Andy Warhol

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What do you think of when you hear Andy Warhol? His Campbell’s Soup cans and Three Elvises? His prognostication of 15 minutes of fame, as the “creator” of the Pop Art movement? His early embrace of an openly gay lifestyle? Warhol certainly deserves recognition for all of these. A retrospective of Andy Warhol  “A to [Read more …]

The Jungle: Bringing Calais France to San Francisco

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The Jungle Sometimes we forget history and it takes a good play to remind us.The Jungle is one such play. It reminds us of the horror that African and Middle Eastern refugees faced when they fled their countries in hopes of gaining amnesty in England. Twp. men who volunteered and created a theater at a [Read more …]

Claude Monet and his Giverny Waterlilies

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Monet: The Late Years San Francisco’s DeYoung Museum has outdone itself with its stunning 2019 exhibition, Monet: The Late Years. The exhibit covers the last 13 years of the pioneering Impressionist master’s life (1913-1926). It includes almost 50 paintings of his Giverny home and gardens. Although many publicly revered, financially successful artists spend their last [Read more …]

Stanford University Art: Finding the Faces Between the Spaces

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Stanford University is more than one of the world’s leading teaching institution. It also offers the public free access to great works of art. On a recent trip to San Francisco’s South Bay, we had to see what was new Anderson Collection at Stanford University Our primary stop was a return visit to the Anderson [Read more …]

Italian Wine Week: San Francisco 2019

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It was that time of year! In a four-day period in March 2019, San Francisco is home to three premier that are exclusively (or in the case of the third, primarily) Italian wines. If you love Italian wines, we probably saw you. And if you don’t live in San Francisco, fear not because these events [Read more …]

Napa Valley Restaurants–February 2019

We recently headed to Napa Valley for the annual Premier Napa Valley. As we discussed in our blog, this event is a chance for retail wine buyers and restauranteurs and media to taste new releases. It is also a fund raiser for Napa Valley. Napa Valley Restaurants Each event offers a range of snacks, ranging [Read more …]