Monday, January 07, 2008

The San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers

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Last Thursday my son, daughter and I went to the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers. San Francisco is about an hour away from where I live but it's like a whole different world in so many ways. The climate is usually drastically different, the culture is different and driving around the city is so much different than the South Bay Area. Driving a stick shift in San Francisco is downright scary but also a bit comical at the same time. I was panicked every time I ended up at a red light or stop sign on one of those steep hills that the city is known for. Luckily I made it without rolling backward or killing the engine. I did make a left turn going the wrong way down a one-way street though. Luckily I realized I was going the wrong way as soon as I turned so I was able to back up and turn around. The drive around San Francisco gave us all a lot to laugh about. We had a blast! We also had a great lunch on Fisherman's Wharf. I had clam chowder is a sourdough bowl...ya can't get any more San Franciscan that that!
The Conservatory of Flowers is located in Golden Gate Park and is stunning when you see it. This was the day the storm were starting to hit California so it was really cloudy and dark.

I wanted to take this cherub planter home with me! It was huge!

After we left the conservatory we drove through Golden Gate Park and saw this beautiful waterfall.

It's back to work after 2 weeks off. I got a lot done around my place. I finished painting the kitchen and I painted my dining room table. I'll be posting pictures soon.


Gayla said...

I'd say you were busy. Those photos are beautiful. Those lemons! yUM! Cannot wait for the photos of your projects, you busy bee,

Sue said...

I'm glad you are safe and sound after you weather troubles. Looks like you had a grand time in SF with your son. Happy New Year to you and your family.

Lisa said...

Thank you so much for sharing this ray of sunshine with flowers and green plants. It was a nice treat after staring at my 2 feet of snow we just finished shoveling!
You are much braver than I though, driving in SF would be bad enough, but never in a stick~

Shari said...

I can't even begin to tell you how much I've missed your daily posts since you've been on vacation but it sounds like you and your kids had a great time in SF and your time off was extremely productive. I'm really looking forward to seeing pics of your kitchen. I bet it's gorgeous!

Kim said...

I love Golden Gate park! Unfortunately, the conservatory was closed when we were there, so we didn't get to go in. So, your photos are a treat!

Linda's Blue Gate said...

WOW now that is a
I would love to see that... the inside is so glorious...just to wander around.. it must have been wonderful. Wish they had one of my little conservatories... wouldn't that be sweet inside that grand place...

Terri and Bob said...

Cindy, lovely photos. I love fresh lemons, too. My daughter is going to Napa Valley on her honeymoon, any suggestions for a B and B or places to go?

Janet said...

The conservatory is lovely. I was in S.F. maybe 7 years ago and it was closed and they were trying to raise money o re-do it. Guess they succeeded. That park is so beautiful; they were filming the "Wedding Planner" and there were literally 12 vans full of flowers waiting to be set up. I wanted to bring them all back to my hotel!!.

Alison Gibbs said...

Thanks for sharing the Conservatory photos. What a lovely place to visit.
Sounds like fun was had driving around those amazing streets.
Look forward to seeing your painting projects.

Cottage Magpie said...

Those pictures are lovely and the trip sounds like it was a blast! Glad to hear you weathered the storm safely. And I can't wait to see your kitchen!
~Angela :-)

Gail McCormack said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful day out with your kids Cindy, well done on surviving the drive through the city, sounds scarey to me. Love the photos, look forward to seeing your finished projects. Poor you back to work!

VintageGirlatHeart said...

Thanks for sharing such beautiful pictures.

Anonymous said...

this is one of my florist's fave spot in the world.

Anonymous said...

this is one of my florist's fave spot in the world.

Rosemary said...

What a lovely place Cindy.
All of the times I have been to San Francisco, I have never been there. Next time I go.

Susie Q said...

Oh how beautiful! We were there the Summer Dan, Bill and I were at the base in Alameda. It was such a beautiful place. The entire park was gorgeous. Your photos are lovely and
brought back some wonderful memories!

I am so glad you are safe from the storm!


Mary said...

Cindy, you take the best pictures! I loved the photos of the lemons, and the orchids, and that waterfall! Beautiful! Hope you enjoyed your vacation; glad you and your kids had such a great time!

Carrie said...

Great photos. I did not see this conservatory when I visited Golden Gate Park.
Your post reminded me of my plan to visit the Tower Hill Botanic Garden to see the blooms in the conservatory there. Of course, overnight we had a big snowstorm in this area.

Bettsi said...

Hello dear Cindy! Now I really look like a stalker because I am reading your old posts from January! I just wanted to say that very close to Golden Gate Park is The Legion of Honor which is one of the most beautiful art museums I've ever seen. I hope you and Lauren visit it often!

Also- your maiden name! How cute that you become CindyKihn! It sounds like a character in a children's book- adorable!