It was my first time in San Francisco and a real treat. What a wonderful city. I just walked and ate for a few days, taking in all the sights and flavours of the city.
Walking up Hyde Street (so we could go down the famous Lombard Street) we saw that the street was cordoned off for walkers - by the cutest police cars on the face of the planet! Now, I'm a sucker for weird small vehicles and photograph them every where I go. Up until now, the best are to be found in Spain and Portugal, with a few in France and Italy, but I think these trump everything
When I walked in first I didn't notice them, I just thought that the stained glass windows were casting particularly bright shadows. Then I realised that there were hundreds if not thousands of ribbons strung from high in the arches reaching to only a few feet from the ground.
There is much beautiful art around and much that is clever, but it is rare to find something that is at once simple and clever, and such a beautiful response to its setting. I was awestruck.
I was glad to see (for the first time) requests to reuse towels and conserve energy. However, when we decided to swim in the infinity pool I was taken aback by the amount of towels everywhere - many you could only use once to go from shower to pool etc. It struck me that we have managed somehow to uncouple luxury and excess (in terms of amounts) when it comes to food (plates heaped high are now rather looked down on. But in other areas we really need to catch up. I am personally a bit grossed out by piles of fluffy towels that you only barely use then toss in a basket and for me it ruined the pleasure of the pool (which looked out over the city). But perhaps I'm not the sort of client they have in mind...
Next morning we checked out and it was off to visit Kendra Marcus of BookStop Literary Agency for a catchup. After a wonderful lunch with Kendra and Minju (of Kale and peanut salad - which I just tried this weekend and will henceforth be known as 'Kendra's Salad') we went for fabulous ice-creams in Berkley. I just had to photograph for Margaret Bateson-Hill who numbers paper-cutting among her many talents since she featured them in her picture book Lao Lao of Dragon Mountain. (Unfortunately I was so intrigued by the papercuts, I forgot to include Kendra in the photo!)