Friends Touring San Francisco

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About forty six years ago I met Alice through my Russian Baptist church friends in the Los Angeles area. She lived in San Francisco and would come down and stay with her good family friend, another Alice she was named after. When she visited we had some fun adventures. The photo above is of Kathy (a New York Russian friend) myself and Alice at the Rose Parade in Pasadena. This was New Year’s Day in 1971. My friend Alice’s family came out of China to the United States years ago.

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Fast forward to January 2016 and since I was in San Francisco I messaged Alice to see if she had the time to get together. Happily she was more than willing to pick me up at our hotel and take me on a incredible driving/walking tour of the city she knows well. We started by driving the scenic route to Golden Gate Park to see what we could see. We started at the Conservatory of Flowers but were very disappointed to find it was closed for maintenance. We found a great alternative at the botanical gardens in the same park.

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Magnolias were the feature of the day. I also captured this great Blue Heron.

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We left the park and drove through the Presidio where there were some good views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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China Beach past the late Robin Williams’ home gave us another great view of the bridge. The stone reads Since Gold Rush times this cove was used as a campsite by many of the Chinese fishermen who worked in and around San Francisco Bay. Their efforts to supply the needs of a young city helped establish one of the areas most important industries and traditions.

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At this point we headed to China Town to have lunch and walk about and shop. It’s good to know what garage to park in because parking is difficult in China Town. Alice chose a restaurant nearby and suggested the Dim Sum sampler. “Dim Sum” refers to a style of Chinese food prepared as small bite-sized or individual portions of food, traditionally served in small steamer baskets or on small plates. It reminded me of High Tea. We had fun shopping about the streets of China Town with all the special wares offered for Chinese New Year (Year of the Monkey) that is coming up in early February. Many of the celebrations start the last weekend of January. I bought some fun items in hopes of setting a Chinese New Year table. This year Chinese New Year will be competing with the Super Bowl and all the preparations for that. I will share more from China Town tomorrow.

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Our last stop of the day was at Twin Peaks high above the city of San Francisco. You can see that the city is going all out for Super Bowl 50!

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The views from Twin Peaks were incredible. From here we drove through lots of traffic and made it back to the hotel in time for Dear and me to walk a couple blocks to dinner.

My visit with my old friend Alice was so good. We had so much time to catch up as we drove around the city. So much life happens in 46 years! Thank you my friend for spending the day with me and showing me your beloved city!

I’m linking to Sunlit Sunday at My Little Home and Garden and Amaze Me Monday with Cindy at Dwellings (The Heart of Your Home).

18 thoughts on “Friends Touring San Francisco

  1. What a wonderful day you had!! And, how nice to reconnect with an old friend! Each place you visited is beautiful and to top it off…..Magnolia tree’s in bloom!

  2. aww, ya’ll looked so cute and I am tickled to see this young pic of you and your friends.
    When I was 16, a cousin and I went by train from West Texas to San Jose Calif. to spend part of the summer with our aunt. She took us to Fishermans Warf, China Town, downtown San Fran. and boy, we had such a great time…she took us to Santa cruz beach….somewhere I have a pic..I’ll dig it out and post about my fun time there…so many years ago.

  3. Isn’t it nice to be able to pick up where you left off 46 years ago? That’s what friendship is all about. Great pics of your time in San Fran!

  4. Thankyou for visiting my blog and for your lovely comment 🙂
    How wonderful to be shown round San Francisco by your very own tour guide, and especially to be guided round Chinatown with an almost native! Sounds like lots of fun 🙂
    Jillxo

  5. You have some great shots of your time in San Francisco! I know that it was lovely to catch up with an old friend and have an insider’s tour at the same time! Win-win!!

  6. What a gift friendship is. I am so glad that you had that time with Alice. It’s very good to have a friend who knows how to get around in a particular city. San Francisco is looking particularly lovely!

  7. Getting together with a friend one hasn’t seen for a long time is such a treat. Lucky that the friend knows San Francisco and all it’s secret parking places!

  8. How nice to re-visit with an old friend and spend the day together! San Francisco is one of my favorite cities. I visited Twin Peaks once and was firtunate to see the view from there–it is often fogged over. I’m glad the Denver Broncos will be in Superbowl 50! Yayyyyy!

  9. Oh wow – you got some great shots Ellen! We totally ran out of time and didn’t get to China Town regrettably! Love Dim Sum! Can’t wait to see your next New Year’s table.

  10. What a great way to reconnect with an “old” friend! I love the retro photo and also the magnolia trees and the blue heron and city sights. Such a nice day!

  11. I’m so sorry that I missed this post earlier! I wasn’t feeling well this week and should have checked back to find your link and this wonderful story. What a fine time it must have been to reunite. Last year, I met with 3 old friends. The 4 of us hadn’t been at the same table in about 38 years and it was a treat.

    Karen

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