Wandering Wednesday … 72 hours in San Francisco

It had been over 3 years since I’d visited my best friend, Mary Kay, and her wife, Laura, in SF. I was overdue for a visit and wanted to have some fun new adventures. We packed a lot into 72 hours! MK planned ahead and made a reservation a month in advance at Chez Panisse, Alice Waters iconic restaurant. I can’t believe I’d never been.We dined at the cozy cafe upstairs and it was soooo good! The ambience upstairs is more relaxed, but just as quaint as, the stuffier, downstairs restaurant (not to mention less expensive.)

I had the smoked duck breast with broccolini & fried onion rings.
They both had the halibut with greens & new potatoes
So cozy!
We drove home under a full moon and I captured this before going to bed.
… and woke up Friday morning to this gorgeous view! I love their place! It’s an oasis, so close to the city!

Friday: ferry ride to and from the city; exploring the De Young Museum’s two exhibits: Fashioning San Francisco & The photographs of Irving Penn; a ride in a driverless Waymo car; an Irish coffee at The Buena Vista Cafe; and a lovely dinner at the little French bistro, Cote Ouest. Here’s our day in pictures …

Oscar de la Renta, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, to name a few. No surprise that I loved the last two funky, fun pieces by Japanese artist/designers Junya Watanabe and Kei Ninomiya.

I love still life!
Audrey Hepburn … One of Penn’s most famous photos
Although he hated smoking, Penn did some ad work for the tobacco industry. After his mentor,  Alexey Brodovitch, died of cancer he started collecting old cigarette butts he found on the street to document the decay that these caused to so many. These were my dad’s cigarette of choice, Chesterfield King, (he died of lung cancer at age 69), so I had to take this pic.
… time for a driverless adventure to The Buena Vista.
After some trepidation, we settled in & all decided that we felt pretty safe.
cable cars and Irish coffee … quintessential SF adventure!
another driverless car to get to this quaint bistro
Steak frites is always a wise choice.
Ferry home through the fog.

Saturday: A day on Treasure Island (where I’d never been before) … checking out the crafts fair, picnicking while watching sailboats go by and a glass of wine with an awesome view of the city.

Mersea, a great little spot with a panoramic view of the city.
A fun weekend with life-long friends!


  1. So FuN hanging with long time friends! And you always enjoy the best adventures – cheers and it’s nice seeing MK and Laura since it’s been a year🙌🏻

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