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
We took a walk along the bay in Berkeley
Looking out at the Golden Gate Bridge
Mother and Son
Jeremy’s Orthodox Church, which we attended for the Paraklesis to the Virgin Mary service
A day on the town
J.M.W Turner – The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons
Mom and Son in Jeremy’s home.
Dad and Son at a Beer Tasting in Berkeley
Dusk and the Golden Gate
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,
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)
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.
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
Jeremy, with friends, tasting wine at the Castello dí Amoroso Winery)
Cool wall in the tasting room of 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…