Saturday, August 21, 2010

Italian Coast :: Cinque Terra & Portofino

After our jaunt to Florence Jenn, Nick, and I headed to the coast for more sightseeing, food, and a little R&R. The assortment of photos is a combination of Cinque Terra and Portofino. The second is dedicated to the food from our three days spent on the coast. We stayed in the town of La Spezia at a quaint B&B hidden down an alley only known by its red walls. The owners were wonderful and sent us to an amazing restaurant the first night for dinner.

Cinque Terra is made up of 5 small villages built into the cliff side: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. From La Spezia Cinque Terra was only a short 20 minute train ride and Portofino about an hour. While in Cinque Terra we walked along the cliff side pathway from Monterosso al Mare to Vernazza (side note: make sure to wear proper shoes) and Portofino was some much needed beach time...I'll let the picture's say the rest :)

Linking to:
Helene in Between

Friday, August 20, 2010

Japanese Tea Garden

Back in May during my trip to SF Britt, Matt and I headed to Golden Gate Park for a day of fun. First on the list was the Japanese Tea Garden followed by a visit to the California Academy of Science. Next trip we'll have to visit the De Young Museum since we ran out of time.
The  San Francisco Japanese Tea Garden  located in Golden Gate Park is one of the oldest Japanese Gardens in the USA.  The garden sprawls over five acres which has many pathways perfect for strolling. During our visit we came across various ponds, tea house features, and  native Japanese & Chinese plants. Originally the garden was built as part of a sprawling World's Fair, the California Midwinter International Exposition of 1894.  Today it's open to the public for their enjoyment.

We Stroll

Open Daily, no holiday closures.

Mon, Wed, Fri: FREE admission if entered by 10:00 am
Adult: $5.00 (Residents), $7.00 (Non-Residents)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Padre Among Giants

With the  SD Padres leading their division and the SF Giants pushing for the wild card Sunday's game (August 15th) should have been one to watch. However it was a blow out, the Padres won 8-2! Even though it may not have been the most exciting game I still had a great time. I was able to join the Heavenly PR team in the Oracle suite which over looks McCovey Cove for their annual Media Day. We mingled watched the game and had LOTS of peanuts and Cracker Jacks.

As a Padre fan among Giants I made sure to tone down the excitement of a victorious win... as I was in their territory. Check out the pictures below. Click here for last years game. Until next time!

AT&T Ball Park - SF

Monday, August 16, 2010

Used and Not Abused

Things add up quickly when you're  shopping for home decor... actually when you're shopping for anything. According to the  21 things you should never buy new list home decor is #11. Last week while browsing craigslist just because I scored all the goods pictured below for only $20!

The Run down:
Two Black Vases from Pier 1 ~ Original Price $24.99 each
Purple Vase from World Market ~  Original Price $30
Brownish Vase Pier 1 ~ Original Price $24.99
Crate and Barrel Circle Mirror set (3pieces not shown) ~ Original Price Unknown
Square Brown Mirror ~ Original Price Unknown
Ceramic Elephant ~ Original Price Unknown
Total Items Purchased ~ 8