Saturday, 27 June 2009

A few Pictures

Here is an interesting "Balloon Flower" I bought at the nursery for my pink garden!

And of course I need to post a few updates of the puppy:

Mercifully she is napping right now! What a powerhouse!

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Monday, 22 June 2009

Going to the Dogs

More California coming, but in the mean time here are a few photos of the new demon child.

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Saturday Evening and Sunday in SF

Saturday evening we decided to go out for Indian food, so we headed towards the water and stopped at a restaurant run by a very nice Punjabi man.

I loved the decor which had batiks of the life of Krishna.

The food was also very nice. I ordered the maharani platter (which I almost always do when I go to Indian restaurants, because it allows me to sample a variety of the cooking. I had a Saag Gosht and several other delightful dishes and was able to take extra home for breakfast the next day.

After dinner it was time for a walk on the piers. So we headed out to view the sun set.

It had been a lovely day.

After the evening walk we headed back to the hotel. We stayed at Club Quarters, going to bed early in anticipation of the next day's activities.

The next morning we met our friends and decided to try and take in the Georgia O'Keefe and Ansel Adams exhibit at the Moma.

This was a little bit tricky because we had tickets for a matinee performance of Tosca, but we were determined so we squeezed in a trip to the museum. Can't you just see the determination in our gait!?

The foyer of the museum was dominated by horizontal lines. Quite interesting and monolithic.

Amazingly, they allowed us to take photos (of everything but the O'keefe/Adams show and another photo exhibition by Robert Frank.)

The O'Keefe/Adams exhibit was very nice. These are the images that MOMA has on its web site:

They did a great job of comparing photographs and paintings of the same subjects.

Even more impressive to me was an exhibit of photographs by Robert Frank based on his book The Americans. Here are a few images from the MOMA web site:

Frank had a marvelous sense of irony and humor and actually made verbal puns in many of his series.

Here are a few more photos from the museum. They have a great contemporary and modern collection.

Yesterday was rabbits today it was poodles.

Above is one of the modernist galleries - there is even a Tanguy in the right hand corner.

Here are some more of the paintings that we saw.

After the museum we raced to a deli for a quick lunch. We were really tired as you can probably tell and wanted to get some thing to wake us up before Tosca.

On the way to Tosca we passed a celebration of Phillipine independence.

There was an interesting little gallery on the way to the opera house. (A view through their window!)

An the opera house itself wasn't very impressive externally - it seemed like it had seen better days.

Inside was a different matter.

The decor was lush and opulent.

Of course I could not take pictures of the opera - but it was lavishly costumed and sung with full luxuriant voices. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

On the way home we passed this interesting mural.

We had just enough time to stop and eat Thai food

and have coffee at Francis Ford Coppola's Cafe before it was time to get on the Ferry and head back to Sacramento. What a full and exhausting day!

As the sun set we then sailed across the bay and back home.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009