Sunday, September 2, 2012

Charming in California

Dear friends,


This summer, my 11 year old went on her "Grandma Trip" 
along with her 12 year old cousin.
Each of the grandchildren (11 so far, 2 more to go)
gets to choose where to go.
My niece got bold and asked for San Francisco.
My dad suggested to my mom that she make it a double 
and take my daughter, too. 

(I am jealous. I grew up in San Francisco, 
from ages 7-13, in the 1970's.
When I was a child, we visited the City often, 
as well as the magnificent redwood and sequoia trees 
in the national and state parks.)

Back to the summer of 2012:
My daughter and niece collected charms along the way.
(Some of the charms above are from 
adventures here in Florida, too!)

Memories to last a lifetime.

What a charming summer for 
two charming girls and one amazing Grandma.

San Francisco Cityscape with Coit Tower

Golden Gate Bridge on a foggy day

Late nights
Ghirardelli Square -- the chocolate place!

Lombard Street

Alcatraz Island (used to be a maximum security prison)

Cable Car

China Town

In 1973, we celebrated my 10th birthday 
(and my dad's 37th) eating dinner at 
The Good Earth restaurant in China Town.
I wonder if it is still there?

Vegetarian Chinese Food
(even vegan "cheesecake"!)

Chop sticks!

Bunjee Trampoline at Pier 39

Cotton Candy

Sea Lion

Redwood trees
Oh, how I loved seeing these trees as a child!

Grandma in the middle

Note: this is a follow-up to a brief Charming post on my  blog


  1. What a fantastic trip for the girls and Grandma! I grew up in California too, and I wish I'd spent more time in SF when I lived just a few hours away. It's a gorgeous city. My grandparents lived there as newlyweds sometime around 1910-1915, and they loved Muir Woods too.

  2. I can't believe how many places they went in such a short time. Their grandmother is an amazing woman! Two lucky girls.


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