|Great Vista from Russian Hill|
General Bead was so cool, and the funny thing is a friend of ours lives 2 blocks from there and she thought I was crazy that there was a bead store on her street as she walks past there everyday and never saw it before. I was so glad to be able to show a local something new!
As you can see the door is pretty non descript with no sign on it and unless you look up you have no idea there is a store inside.
|When I asked if I could take a photo, she said of course and then proceeded to show me how to get the best shot!|
|More fabulous beads, I need to take my daughter here some day and my friend Nancy.|
|FLAX is a great locally owned art store, 3 generations strong.|
|A great thrift store on Valencia. I scored big when I saw the sign in the window that said all was 50% off on Monday!! The only downside was that I was flying standby and had to be able to cram all into my one carry on!|
|Some of my miniature and thrift store finds in the Mission District.|
My favorite browsing, shopping and eating area was the Mission District.Not touristy but not scary either. I saw 2 art exhibits that utilized real dead animals (taxidermy) mice, birds and squirrels, had them dressed up doing funny things or even made jewelry out of the squirrel claws. This reminded me of going to Mexico as a kid and seeing stuffed frogs playing pool. this gives me some new ideas....:)
And then it was onto the Golden Gate Park. I had no idea how big and gorgeous it was....
...saw some tranquil sculptures at the Japanese Gardens...
I found that Barnes of the famed "Barnes Collection" bought paintings right off the walls of the Steins. I tagged onto the end of a docent tour and she left us with the quote that after Matisse had passed away Gertude said, " Everybody came and nobody made a difference anymore."
I also made a point of visiting Berkley as I had never been there before and I really wanted to go eat at Chez Panisse, which I did get a reservation and it was great!
|In Berkley I bought a bunch of stuff at the Japanese store. It was all so small and tiny and cute I just had to.|