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People say San Francisco is crowded, but here we are on a weekday afternoon in May, and not a soul around us in Lincoln Park, a few feet from the Palace of the Legion of Honor.   Pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge are pretty common, but I couldn’t resist taking this one on this beautiful, warm, sunny afternoon.

San Francisco

Christmas Day in Japantown

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The original plan was to go to our old favorite Chinatown restaurant ‘R & G Lounge’ for Christmas dinner, but at the last minute we changed our minds and went to Japantown instead, heading for Benihana (not a very authentic Japanese place I know, but it can be fun once in a while … their lobster is a real treat!).  Crossing Post Street, this was the scene … crisp, clear evening, lots of light, lots of people – what more could you ask for?


Thanksgiving, Chinatown style!

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With 99% of all Americans (I would guess!) planning to sit down to a traditional Turkey dinner, we headed into San Francisco for our annual ‘Thanksgiving, Chinatown style’.  But first, a quick stop at the Lafayette reservoir, to get in a bit of exercise! 

Lafayette Reservoir

PyramidArriving in San Franciso at around 4pm, it was a perfect 65 degrees.  The Pyramid building rose above the other buildings with the Chinatown Hilton hotel to the left.

CrabDinner Consisted of a variety of unusual and delicious items, such as pea-leaf in garlic sauce, Squab, and … the signature dish of R & G Lounge, ‘salt and pepper crab’ – battered, deep fried, totally delicious crab! Beats turkey any day in my book!

Red PyramidLeaving the restaurant at around 5:30pm, the setting sun cast an unusual light on the Pyramid building, with a near-full moon setting to it’s right.

ChinatownSunset Here’s another shot of the pyramid, with the moon to it’s left, taken from Grant Avenue in Chinatown.

Walking down Grant Ave, we came across my favorite bakery; always a long line outside, best pastries you could ever hope for!

Golden Gate bakery

Vital LeafAnd here’s my favorite tea store – Vital Leaf, a place where you can sample all kinds of teas, ranging in prices up to hundreds of dollars a pound.  I picked up a refill of my favorite.

Grant AveWith the sky almost totally dark, the lights of Grant Ave started to shine.  

MoonsetAnd here’s a final look at the moon, sitting above another interesting San Francisco building, with the lights of the Embarcadero Center in the background.

All in all, a great way to spend Thanksgiving!