Thursday, November 19, 2015

Magical San Francisco

A  L  O  H  A !
"One day if I go to heaven ... 
I'll look around and say, 
'It ain't bad, but
 it ain't San Francisco.'" 
                            Herb Caen

“It's an odd thing, but 
anyone who disappears 
is said to be seen 
in San Francisco.
It must be a delightful city 
and possess all the 
attractions of the next world” 
                                 Oscar Wilde

Irreverence, independent-mindedness and 
a hunger for far-off cultures have 
defined it {San Francisco} ever since people 
began streaming into the area in 1849 
in search of new fortunes from gold, and
 a settlement of 812 souls became within 
two years a city of almost 25,000, many 
from China, Korea and Australia, clustered 
around more than 1,000 gambling houses.” 
                                                   Pico Iyer

Linking to


Honolulu feels pretty special,
but San Francisco is a 
unique and beautiful place
in it's own right.

I have longed to live there
since 1967, and have 
visited over the years.

Yesterday, we drove south
to The City
and it did not disappoint!

The light, the colors, the people;
the architecture, the cultures,
the smell of Art & Brains
in the maritime air.

Suddenly, we feel 
that much BETTER
about the choice we've made.

Yes, I am in a beautiful place,
and when I want
what the world's great cities
offer, it is an hour away,
over the Golden Gate,
into a magic realm.

Be sure to wear
some flowers
in your hair!

Thank You!
                 Fondly, cloudia


My Unfinished Life said...

Wow.. after so many years living in one place you must have been big change!!

Nice clicks of sf and ofcourse the quotes!!

My Unfinished Life said...

Wow.. after so many years living in one place you must have been big change!!

Nice clicks of sf and ofcourse the quotes!!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Cloudia! Lovely images and quotes. I have always enjoyed my visits to San Francisco, it is a cool city. Have a happy day!

Charles Gramlich said...

and the birthplace of Metallica, I believe. :)

TexWisGirl said...

glad it was a good visit! :)

eViL pOp TaRt said...

San Francisco is so beautiful! I'm glad you enjoyed the visit and it's easy to return again.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

One of my favourite songs of the time, I think you are going to be very happy there Cloudia, don't forget the flowers :)

21 Wits said...

It sure is! I'm excited to visit there again one day. So much to do and see and eat. We stayed in Fisherman's Wharf last time, and the street entertainers are wonderful. Enjoy your new digs I'm so jealous!

EG CameraGirl said...

I have never been to San Francisco! I'm jealous!

Cloudia said...

Oh thanks, each of you, for holding my hand at this time of momentous change!

Anonymous said...

What lovely shots - I'd love to visit SF.

Do I understand that you're moving to San Francisco?

Teresa said...

Cool post. Glad you made it to Chinatown and found an awesome mural. Did you go down the really scary section of Lombard Street??? That is always freaky when you drive down it. Loved the song. Did you drive along the Haight? Did you see the Victorian "pink ladies"? I can't wait for more posts on SF and Marin and the wild birds who come to play.

Margaret Birding For Pleasure said...

Love the res bridge and the quotes

Elephant's Child said...

Big, big smiles. With and for you.

LOLfromPasa said...

Your top quote made me smile. Enjoying reading about your journey.

RedPat said...

Loved the song and the pics from the times past. Those were the days when everything seemed so innocent and we all hoped for peace. I've never been out there but look forward to exploring it through your blog, Cloudia!

Ida said...

I've been through parts of San Francisco and it does seem like a wonderful city. Although I think I'd rather (go to Heaven as I'm sure it's nicer there). Loved that stunning mural.

LV said...

Sorry, many years ago I visited San Francisco, but did not care for it. It was much too cold and made me sick.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Cool Dudette! I loved all my 23 years living in the City, starting from when I moved there when I was a young college thing.

William Kendall said...

I'd love to visit someday. You have to work in Tony Bennett's signature song since you're now living in the area!

DeniseinVA said...

I am so happy for you, and excited. I love visiting San Francisco, been there several times over the years.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful images, and, the song, it is brilliant Cloudia.