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Monday, April 13, 2015

Literary and artistic surprises during a fun journey

This past week, I was in San Leandro, in the Bay area of California, visiting my friend Susan and having a good old time visiting, chatting, eating and drinking and going for walks. And during our walks and drives, we stumbled upon art and literature at unexpected places.

It started at the De Young Museum of Art in San Francisco. By chance they showed an amazing exhibition of some of my favorite painters, Botticelli, for instance.


The De Young is not only a great art museum but situated within the beautiful Golden Gate Park, it is also a place to just hang out, have lunch, or a coffee.









Susan and I at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.














On the way to San Francisco and back, we passed the new Bay Bridge, which is impressive and a little scary (can't help thinking about earthquakes). But I love the skyline of San Francisco and of course the city itself.

































After all the excitement, we relaxed with a cup of coffee and a sweet. Food for the spirit and the body.


One of the next outings was to Berkeley and in particular to the Botanical Garden, a real treat! It's an oasis of peace with a display of the most gorgeous plants and flowers.


But next to the Garden of Old Roses, there was a lovely surprise waiting for us. See further down.






Hidden underneath a canopy of leaves, a poem by Sylvia Plath carved into stone!






























From the Botanical Garden, you have a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge!




Berkeley still has a selection of fine brick-and-motar bookstores. This one was another surprise: Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf!


A great bookstore that still invites you to browse and hang out.

On my way back to Los Angeles on 101, I drove through Salinas and stopped for a quick look at another literary great--you guessed it. John Steinbeck lived here many years and there is a museum and a restaurant in his honor.






"Meeting" all these fantastic artists and writers inspired me to get back to my own writing. I'm polishing my next novel, The Italian Sister, which takes place in California and on a vineyard in Tuscany, Italy. More about this later!

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7 comments:

  1. What lovely photos! One day I really will have to visit the United States. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks Linda. I hope you manage to visit one day!

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  2. Spending time with girlfriends is such a treat! Loved all the literary related places you happened upon. Good luck with the new book.

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  3. Thanks, Darlene. It is indeed a treat and time always goes by too fast. I also love the drive along the coast and through wine country.

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  4. Oh my stars! All of your Bay Area adventures--which, sadly, I was not able to be a part of--and you (gasp!) MISSED all of the uber-fabulous tiki bars. (Oh wait--you DID make it to Forbidden Island in Alameda. Where is the shot of that? Hmm...) No Tonga Room? No Longitude? Oh my! We will HAVE to rectify that glaring error soon. At least we'll have the Purple Orchid again this July...and maybe a few others! Hee hee!

    You also missed (?) Steinbeck's house, which is also in Salinas. But glad you did get to the museum at least. Looks like a groovy trip all-in-all.

    CHEERS!

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    1. Yes, it was a great trip. Missed you, though. Looking forward to Purple Orchid!

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  5. Oh my stars! All of your Bay Area adventures--which, sadly, I was not able to be a part of--and you (gasp!) MISSED all of the uber-fabulous tiki bars. (Oh wait--you DID make it to Forbidden Island in Alameda. Where is the shot of that? Hmm...) No Tonga Room? No Longitude? Oh my! We will HAVE to rectify that glaring error soon. At least we'll have the Purple Orchid again this July...and maybe a few others! Hee hee!

    You also missed (?) Steinbeck's house, which is also in Salinas. But glad you did get to the museum at least. Looks like a groovy trip all-in-all.

    CHEERS!

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