Archive for January, 2012

North Beach Walk

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

I mentioned we’re having an unusually mild winter so far and when the sun shines in January, we get the itch to go exploring.  So Sunday the family and I headed to the Big City to chase those rare blue skies and spent a splendid afternoon in North Beach. It was one of those weekends where even the locals were surprised by the fair weather and took to the streets to walk their dogs and dine in the cafes.

North Beach (or Little Italy) is a fantastic collection of shops, cafes, delicatessens, and cool landmarks in north eastern San Francisco, bordered by Fisherman’s Wharf to the north, Chinatown and the Financial District to the south, Telegraph Hill to the east, and Russian Hill to the west. 

north beach san francisco map

map from here

We started in Washington Square Park at the famous landmark Saints Peter and Paul Church. The twin spires of this church (originally a parish for Italian fisherman) can be seen from blocks away, and the intricate detail inside the church’s interior with its altar, ceiling, and painted dome will transport you to Europe.

saints peter and paul church

 

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Winter Favorites

Monday, January 30th, 2012

January is always a dreary month for me, it usually rains and rains and keeps us all indoors, but we’ve been having a mild winter so far and it’s changing the way I feel about this season.  At least for today.  I decided to be positive and focus on a few things I actually like about winter.  For example:

Hot tea on a cold day

tea at desk

 

An abundance of citrus

lemons in bowl

 

Cozy {faux fur} blankets

cozy winter blanket in bedroom

 

Indoor gardens

succulent terrarium

 

Lit fireplaces

winter living room cg

 

What are your winter favorites?

 

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