Trump on Climate Change

Donald Trump

Does this man even know what comes out of his mouth?

“No, no I have a strong opinion. I want a great climate. We’re going to have that, and we are going to have that are very safe because we can’t go through this. Every year we go through this. We’re going to have safe forests and that’s happening as we speak,” he told reporters during a briefing at a command center in Chico, California.

Seriously? Shut the $%*$ up!


Hooked on Sunsets – Santa Monica 2004

In 2004 we did a road trip from Colorado to California. We stopped overnight in Elko Nevada and then continued to San Francisco. San Francisco is one of my favorite cities in the US. We stayed there for a few days and then drove to Santa Monica, where this photograph was taken. I’ve always had mixed feelings about Southern California. Its beautiful of course, but I alway feel like there is something evil bubbling away under the surface, trying to escape! Maybe I’ve watched too many movies.

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Minolta DSC


What could be more perfect?



Wonderful red wine from Michael and David Winery in California. (Petite Petit)

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If you’re going to San Francisco

Don’t worry about wearing flowers in your hair… can pick them when you get there.









On my first visit to San Francisco I was amazed at the flowers. They are everywhere. They grow from crack in the wall and cracks in the sidewalk. They tumble-down the sides of houses in beautiful abundance. Years later, it hasn’t changed. It is the city of flowers and I love it, I just wish we were back in simpler times.



Missing in Chinatown

China Town  San Francisco

China Town San Francisco




 Everyone who comes to San Francisco visits Chinatown, it’s part of the magic. 

My first visit was in May of 1999. We walked the streets, saw the sights and enjoyed the hustle and bustle of this magical city. The day are warm, but when night falls…..brrrrrr, cold. I still love the place though.

I think it may have been my second or third visit here that I found a great place to eat in Chinatown. It was inexpensive and the food was delicious. Of course I never noted the name. My husband and I shared a cheap lunch of fried calamari and hot and sour soup. It was the best we had ever eaten and we vowed to go back… guessed it. On our next visit to San Francisco, we couldn’t find it. Every trip since, we have searched, but decided it must have closed down. WRONG!

Here we are again in lovely San Francisco. My husband had to take part in a conference call on Friday afternoon, so I strolled through Chinatown on my own. I found myself outside a restaurant that beckoned me to enter, so I did. I immediately recognized it as the elusive place we had been searching for. More that five years after our first visit, I found it again so I am going to share it with you. If you want reasonably priced, authentic Chinese food search for the ‘Far East Cafe’. It is on Grant, between California and Sacrament streets (on your left if you are walking up the hill).

Far East Cafe is a shabby but, friendly Chinese Restaurant with fresh, authentic, inexpensive food.

Try it, you won’t be sorry.

Far East Cafe Food at Far East Cafe

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Old Town


The Cathedral


Flowers everywhere


The Capitol Building

A great place to cool off and have lunch.

A great place to cool off and have lunch.

A steamy hot day in colorful Sacramento.

San Francisco – 1999 – Moving to America

It’s a while since I talked about the experiences I had when I first moved to the US from England in 1995. Moving was fun, but quite an adventure. Our first trip out of Colorado was to San Francisco in April of 1999. It was the first time I had been to California and I was excited. The weekend was a business trip for my husband, but my daughter and I tagged along for the ride. I am glad we did as I have been several times since. San Francisco is still one of my favorite places in the US, closely followed by New Orleans.

I have never enjoyed flying, so my first flight in four years was a nail-biting experience for me, but I got over it. It was worth it. We arrived in San Francisco airport on a Friday evening, and took the shuttle to the hotel. We were staying in the San Francisco Marriott downtown. After this trip I was hooked on Marriott’s. It was a busy amazing experience. Jo and I were very excited, we both loved to travel, and San Francisco has quite the history. It was nothing like I expected it to be. It was much better.

We dumped our cases in our room and headed for the bar on the 39th floor. Wow!

I was blown away with the view. By the time we got to the bar it was after nine o clock so too late for me to eat, so I ordered a ‘Golden Gate Margarita’, my husband ordered a beer and my dear daughter ordered a delicious fish dish. I can’t say I blamed her. This was San Francisco after all.

We sat in the window seat of this wonderful hotel until late, watching the lights in the bay and drinking in the atmosphere (and the margaritas).

The rest of the weekend flew by. We walked, ate breakfast at a sidewalk cafe on Fillmore,  attended a company function in a historic building, ate at a restaurant on the end of Pier 39 and generally had a good time, but the most memorable part of this quick trip to San Francisco, was sitting drinking margaritas on the 39th floor of the hotel and watching the world go by.

This was the first of many trips to this colorful city. A city I never tire of exploring.

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