As some of you may know, I slipped on out of NYC for a 10 day vacation in California, where my 2 dearest friends on the planet live. I am staying in the bay area where I couldn’t have asked for clearer blue skies, with the air so clean & fragrant with plants and blossoms… While living in California most of my life (until my jump to NYC 8 years ago), I hadn’t realized the full impact & magnitude of innate beauty this area so effortlessly holds. The way the cities mingle and intertwine so well with the trees and forests seemingly steps (or a quick car ride over the bridge) away from incredible natural beauty. It has been a refreshing week to say the least, and I am so grateful to have this time to spend with dear friends, as well as have some down time to relax and reflect on my own.
A few highlights of my time in the bay area that I wanted to share with you thus far:
- The De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park
- Marnee Thai Restaurant in Sunset district of SF (I used to eat there on a weekly bases without exception!)
- The Palace of Fine Arts
- Emeryville Yacht Harbor, where one of my best friends lives on a lovely sailboat part of the year
- Water Dog Lake Park (in Bellmont where my best friend lives)
- Jane Cafe on Fillmore St in San Francisco
- Barbara’s Fish Trap in Half Moon Bay
And now for some photos…!
Moussa and I at a lovely party on a sunset cruise around Manhattan which our friend threw the night before I flew out.
A truly incredible breakfast Karen prepared for us the first morning I was staying with her.
A lovely vignette with fresh cut roses from Margie Villanueva’s garden…
A romantic vision of the Golden Gate Bridge (photo taken by Karen Villanueva).
Pretty plantings outside Abode home decor boutique in Half Moon Bay. I highly recommend visiting this tranquil shop.
Yours truly at the Chez Shea where I had a mind blowing California burger! I would highly recommend visiting this noteworthy organic cafe in downtown Half Moon Bay… Im craving their delicious offerings as I think back on this gem.
These worn roots would make an incredible centerpiece for my dining room table… The natural beauty of the beaches around Half Moon Bay is breathtaking…
The sandstone bluffs over the beach… I think I can smell the fresh salty air just looking at this photo!
View of the harbor from Barbara’s Fish Trap. Best fresh Halibut I’ve ever had! Another must!
An invigorating view from a walk I took in the hills of Bellmont, CA where I have been staying.
Bon Voyage & stay tuned for Part 2!!