Posts Tagged ‘St. Petersburg’

Travel Theme: Old-Fashioned

Toot your horn.
Trumpet and old-fashioned accents playing around inside the restroom at Taco Perla in San Diego’s North Park.

Party never stops. Restroom art inside Tacos Perla in #SanDiego

Nostalgia on display in Barcelona. Vintage bullfighting poster at Museu Tauri.
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Photo Friday: Portrait

Portrait of a hero.
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Inside St. Cecilia in San Francisco.

Portrait of faith.
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Inside the Hermitage in St. Petersburg.

Portrait of blue.
Street Art in the Mission
In San Francisco’s Mission.

Portrait of travelers.
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Inside La Alcoba Azul in Barcelona.

My entry for this week’s Photo Friday: Portrait.

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100 Happy Days: Piano

Piano music makes me feel nostalgic.

After work, I listened to a lovely NPR interview with classical pianist Tara Kamangar. Her new album covers music from Russia And Iran.

I adored listening to her play the love theme from Spartacus.
Mariinsky Theatre

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Photo Friday: Movement

Boating at the end of autumn.
Off Neva River
Drifting along a canal off the Neva River in St. Petersburg, Russia.

A romantic moment, captured in stone.
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Inside the Hermitage.

This is my entry for this week’s Photo Friday: Movement.

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Travel Theme: Rivers

I loved walking by the Neva River in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Neva River

I liked watching my husband punting on the River Cam in Cambridge, England.
Punting on the River Cam

I spotted a duck family swimming along the swollen Arkansas River in Wichita, Kansas.
Ducks on the Arkansas River

I enjoyed watching the sunset and sipping cocktails by the American River in Sacramento.
Checking out the dining scene along the American River in Sacramento

This is my entry for this week’s Travel Theme: Rivers.

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Travel theme: Statues

My mind is wandering. I am ready for another travel adventure. Anywhere but here. Some place sunny.

St. Petersburg was quite lovely in September. My Russian colleagues thought I needed a heavier coat when it rained. The wet weather balanced out with the balmy last days of summer, melting into autumn.

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A hallway of statues inside the Hermitage.

I also enjoyed summer in Montreal.
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The cobblestone streets of Old Montreal reminded me of Paris.

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Travel theme: Work

Roasting chicken at Los Caracoles in Barcelona, Spain.
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Selling fish at the Mercado de Pesce in Ensenada, Mexico.
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Making a movie near the Kronverk Hotel in St. Petersburg, Russia.
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My entry for today’s Travel Theme: Work.

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Travel theme: Architecture

Inside the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia in Barcelona’s Gothic district.
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Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Mariinsky Theatre

Fading beauty – what’s left of the New Mission Theater in San Francisco.
Fading Beauty

My entry for this week’s Travel Theme: Architecture.

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Travel Theme: Glass

I found beautiful glass art inside cathedrals, museums and castles in Europe.

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Inside Sagrada Família in Barcelona.
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Inside the Hermitage in St. Petersburg.
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Inside Prague Castle in Prague.
Inside Prague Castle

This is my entry for this week’s Travel Theme: Glass.

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Living for my weekends

La vie en rose? I kept it simple for Happy Hour on my Friday. Other people called it Wednesday or “Hump Day.” I called it the start of my weekend.

Yesterday, I enjoyed French red wine, a salmon sandwich and a good book at Cafe du Soleil in San Francisco.
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I watched dogs walk their humans or chase after them on their bicycles. I saw a dad teaching his kids how to ride bikes by the intersection. Another guy blew-up at a couple down the street. Heads swiveled from cafe patrons and pedestrians when his cursing got louder.

This wine bar in the Haight reminded me of my favorite French bistro in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Chicken pate and a French Merlot

Les Amis De Jean-Jacques near Bolshoy pr reminded me of other bistros in Paris.
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Even though it felt like the first day of winter in San Francisco, I wanted to enjoy my wine outside and read Gopnik’s “Paris to the Moon.” I just wrapped up my 8-day work week and I think I’m getting over my cold.

Time to celebrate the weekend.

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