A Few Days in California

Leaving Beatitude High and Dry for a Few Days

Leaving Beatitude High and Dry for a Few Days

Since Beatitude is out of the water undergoing repairs and upgrades, Cindy and I decided to head to California for a few days to visit our son, Jeremy, and his wife, Fran, who live in Berkeley. Today, we are returning from our five-day trip to the San Francisco Bay Area. We enjoyed hanging out, eating at some great restaurants, visiting the De Young Museum where we viewed a wonderful J.M.W. Turner exhibition, attending church, and doing some wine tasting in Napa. What follows are a few photos from our visit to beautiful California.

Entering San Francisco from the airport on arrival

Entering San Francisco from the airport on arrival

We took a walk along the bay in Berkeley

We took a walk along the bay in Berkeley

Looking out at the Golden Gate Bridge

Looking out at the Golden Gate Bridge

Mother and Son

Mother and Son

Jeremy's Orthodox Church, which we attended for the Paraklesis to the Virgin Mary service

Jeremy’s Orthodox Church, which we attended for the Paraklesis to the Virgin Mary service

A day on the town

A day on the town

J.M.W Turner - The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons

J.M.W Turner – The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons

Turner

Turner

Turner

Turner

Turner

Turner

Georgia O'Keefe

Georgia O’Keefe

Salvador Dalí

Salvador Dalí

A. Bierstadt

A. Bierstadt

James Earl

James Earl

Mom and Son in Jeremy's home.

Mom and Son in Jeremy’s home.

Dad and Son at a Beer Tasting in Berkeley

Dad and Son at a Beer Tasting in Berkeley

Dusk and the Golden Gate

Dusk and the Golden Gate

Cindy and I planted/arragned flowers in Jeremy and Fran's four windowsill boxes.

Cindy and I planted/arragned flowers in Jeremy and Fran’s four windowsill boxes.

With the owners of Clove and Hoof, a wonderful restaurant in Oakland.  John, the owner, is the son of Marcie, one of our cruising friends,

With the owners of Clove and Hoof, a wonderful restaurant in Oakland. John, the owner, is the son of Marcie, one of our cruising friends,

Waiting on some great food at Clove and Hoof

Waiting on some great food at Clove and Hoof

The Berkeley Marina (which we'll likely not have the chance to visit, although you never know)

The Berkeley Marina (which we’ll likely not have the chance to visit, although you never know)

At the Holy Assumption Monastery

At the Holy Assumption Monastery

Holy Assumption Monastery, Calistoga, California.  We attended the liturgy for the feast day of the Assumption of Mary (a.k.a. The Formation) at the monastery called by that name.  Very cool.

Holy Assumption Monastery, Calistoga, California. We attended the liturgy for the feast day of the Assumption of Mary (a.k.a. The Formation) at the monastery called by that name. Very cool.

The liturgy underway.  Bishop to the left (partially covered by my finger while trying to be discreet in picture taking).  Cindy and I thought the deacon was Russell Crowe.

The liturgy underway. Bishop to the left (partially covered by my finger while trying to be discreet in picture taking). Cindy and I thought the deacon was Russell Crowe.

Cindy in front of the Costello dí Amoroso Winery, an authentically built Tuscan Castle near Calistoga

Cindy in front of the Costello dí Amoroso Winery, an authentically built Tuscan Castle near Calistoga

Grapes

Grapes

More Grapes

More Grapes

Jeremy, with friends, tasting wine at the Castello dí Amoroso Winery)

Jeremy, with friends, tasting wine at the Castello dí Amoroso Winery)

Cool wall in the tasting room of the Raymond Winery

Cool wall in the tasting room of the Raymond Winery

Future Wine

Future Wine

Posing at the Raymond Winery

Posing at the Raymond Winery

Tomorrow morning, Beatitude is scheduled to splash into the water once again. If all goes well, we will leave the marina on Tuesday. We’ll see…

2 thoughts on “A Few Days in California

  1. Beautiful photos of San Francisco area. Loved the grapes and the artists of the de Young museum. I saw an exhibit of Chahulli (I know that’s not the correct spelling)……the glass artist there a few years ago. Cindy….I loved your paintings of all the pets of your friends. Makes me wish I had a pet for you to paint !!!..not really ! I’ve been at my Sons home for most of the summer( northern PA.). I’m building a cabin on their property. The outside is done, as is the elec. & plumbing. Just picked out a slab of lumber for the counter top(very rough ! I’m going back to Florida this Friday. They will work on the inside this Winter when things get slow for the contractor. I plan on staying up here for some of the summers, starting next year. Keep on Sailing and Posting !!! !

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