Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Coit Tower has fallen to Mordor

This new Christmas illumination is creepy...

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair

I can't really say that in these few months I have missed London much. The rain, the cold, the mist, the gray city... don't have such a grip on my heart. But this weekend something funny happened. Some friends of mine took me to a very big and popular fair, called the Great Dickens Christmas Fair.

Inside, a reconstruction of a few quarters of ye olde London was waiting for us. People in costumes from over a century ago (both actors AND people attending the fair) crowded every corner and after a few hours - and few mulled wines - it really felt immersive to me. Certainly the rain, visible from the few windows and ticking constantly on the roof, helped achieve the effect.

So what was there to do in the whole day? well... just to begin, there were plenty of pubs. And that says a lot. We had warm meat pies, drank comforting ales and watched live performances of old English and Scottish folk dances. And lots of cabaret and singing. It was a lot of fun! We even joined the dances, even though I don't imagine we would have left a great impression.

There were lots and lots of children, both acting and as visitors. But the show was not really for them. Most of the songs and the jokes were pretty explicit and in the end the show we went to see was called "the french postcards". I will let you google that if you are curious heheh.

I didn't know I was supposed to dress in a 800s costume. But with my hat and my coat and my scarf, everyone said I definitely fit in. The funny thing is that "that" - is my regular me...

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Pacific oysters

 My good old friends Alessandro and Pietro came up during thanksgiving from Los Angeles. San Francisco was very busy those days, so that was the ideal occasion to get a car and start exploring the area outside of the city. Our friend Kelly, who also came along, planned it all for us and, since she lived around here before, she was a great resource indeed!
She took us along the coast north of the Golden Gate bridge, up deep into the Marine County. We went to Rodeo beach, where very scary waves onto our shore, and even more scary waves at the horizon. She led us deeper into the north cliffs that have breathtaking landscapes. And eventually we reached an oyster farm, where we enjoyed a sunny weather and awesome food, besides what we already bought at the ferry building of San Francisco. And there comes the fog, like it was waiting for us behind the hills. It pounced on us and covered the Sun, making the temperature drop like crazy in a matter of seconds. While it covered the sun, it did not immediately cover its reflection on the bay, making beatiful games of light that we deeply enjoyed before packing up and leaving.