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You may have noticed that we have been very quiet on our blog posts recently, this is because we were busy redesigning our Word Press website which is now located at www.theBubblyBay.com

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Our Latest Posts:

Visit the Lavender Gardens at Matanzas Creek Winery in Santa Rosa

The lavender gardens of the winery are in full bloom right now and the smell just fills the air.  See more at: http://thebubblybay.com/?p=2370

The lavender gardens at Matanzas Creek Winery

Let’s Go Fly a Kite at the Berkeley Kite Festival

attended the Berkeley Kite Festival held at Cesar Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina, one of the country’s largest kite festivals. See more at: http://thebubblybay.com/?p=2415

Let’s Go Fly a Kite at the Berkeley Kite Festival

San Francisco Bay Area Bucket List

Summer is here and school’s out…Let’s go explore and take advantage of the many local adventures that the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer. If you’re looking for some family fun activities to do close to home, here is our “Bay Area Bucket List” with some ideas before the season ends that will allow you to create great memories with friends and family. See more at: http://thebubblybay.com/?p=2268

San Francisco Bay Area Bucket List

Hope you all are having a great Summer!!!

Victoria 😉

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“Graced With Light” at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

“Graced With Light” at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

Yesterday we went to see the “Graced with Light” art installation at the Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. This stunning installation features 20 miles of multicolored silk ribbons that are suspended from the cathedral‘s ceiling arches as part of an ongoing installation by American visual artist Anne Patterson. “Graced With Light” was originally intended to end on July 2013, but has been extended to February 28, 2014 due to its popularity.

“Graced With Light” at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

This magical installation took Patterson and the Cathedral community eight days to hand-assemble the project and months to complete, with all of the work being done in her Manhattan studio before the final installation in the Cathedral. Hundreds of community members were invited to write their prayers, hopes, and wishes on the red ribbons, sending them towards heaven. Anne Patterson envisioned it as “a series of light pathways, connecting heaven and earth, manifest as ribbons. The ribbons carry our prayers, dreams and wishes skyward, and, in turn, grace streams down the ribbons to us.”

Grace Cathedral is an Episcopal cathedral located on Nob Hill and is a house of “prayer for all people” and all faiths are welcomed without exceptions. It is the third largest Episcopal cathedral in the country and one with the finest examples of Gothic architecture.


“Grace Cathedral took 54 years to build and was officially complete in 1964.

Besides the current “Graced With Light” exhibition you can appreciate two labyrinths, varied stunning stained glass windows, Keith Haring AIDS Chapel altar piece, a replica of Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise, medieval and contemporary furnishings, as well as its 44 bell carillon, three organs, and choirs.

Website: http://www.gracecathedral.org/
Address: 1100 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108

You have until February 28th, 2014 to visit the Grace cathedral, see this magical art installation and experience the peaceful and relaxing time yourself.

Have a Smiley Day!!!

Victoria 😉

The Wave Organ at The Marina District

San Francisco The Wave Organ - Exploratorium

A few weeks ago after our second attempt we finally found one of San Francisco’s hidden and unusual spots: The Wave Organ. The Wave Organ is a wave activated acoustic instrument/sculpture part of the Exploratorium. The installation was developed by Peter Richards and sculptor and master stone mason George Gonzalesis in 1986.  It consists of 25 PVC organ pipes of various lengths that go into the water which creates the sound by the impact of waves against the pipe ends and the subsequent movement of the water in and out of the pipes.

San Francisco The Wave Organ - Exploratorium

It is a little tricky to get there. The Wave Organ is located on a jetty east of the St. Francis Yacht Club that forms the small Boat Harbor in the Marina district of San Francisco. The jetty itself and the Wave Organ were constructed with irregular granite and marble taken from a demolished gold-rush era cemetery.

San Francisco The Wave Organ - Exploratorium

San Francisco The Wave Organ - Exploratorium

It was a beautiful sunny but calm day without any crashing waves.  We couldn’t hear the music of the waves at the Wave Organ but we really enjoyed the relaxing and beautiful view of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate bridge from there. We heard The Wave Organ sounds best at high tide and during a full moon.  It was a fun trip out there, kids will enjoy it, make it one of your S.F. hidden spots.

For more information visit: http://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/wave-organ
Address: 83 Marina Green Dr, San Francisco, CA 94123
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Have a Smiley Day!!!

Victoria 😉

San Francisco Holiday Fun!

Life-sized gingerbread house, ice skating, holiday jingles, Christmas trees, Menorah lighting and even cable cars and boats decorated with holiday ornaments. The San Francisco elves has been busy getting into the holiday spirit!

Check out some of our favorite holiday attractions in the city where you can find the spirit of the season.

1. The Fairmont’s 22-Foot Tall Gingerbread House

San Francisco Holiday Fun!

Walk inside the iconic Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco during the holidays and you will see the main lobby transformed into a must-see holiday destination.  You will be delighted by the stunning  22 feet high and 23 feet wide two-story Victorian gingerbread house.  The house includes thousands of baked gingerbread bricks and more than a ton of royal icing and candy decoration.

Pets are always welcome at The Fairmont.  For  the first time, the gingerbread house is accompanied by the gingerbread doghouse 🙂

San Francisco Holiday Fun!

The Gingerbread will be on display in hotel lobby (950 Mason St., San Francisco), through January 1, 2014.

2. Union Square: The Macy’s Christmas tree, giant Menorah and Safeway Holiday Ice Rink

San Francisco Holiday Fun!
In the heart of Union Square and San Francisco’s most popular shopping destination, stands the impressive 83-foot Macy’s Christmas Tree, decorated with 33,000+ LED lights and 1,100 ornaments. Next to it, the giant Menorah stands up as part of Hanukkah festivities. Right in the center of the square, the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink is open from 10am-11:30pm daily until January 17, 2014. Lace up those skates and have perfect fun winter and magical holiday with family and friends!

PIER 39 & Fisherman’s Wharf

San Francisco Holiday Fun!
The vibrant  Pier 39 offers a majestic 60-foot tree adorned with lights, beautiful ornaments and colorful big presents at the foot of the tree…..just perfect for a family holiday photo! We also enjoy the fun live performers and holiday activities!

We also appreciated some boats at the Fisherman’s Wharf with lights and holiday decorations getting ready for for the Lighted Boat Parade that will take place this year on December 13th at 5:30pm. Check Lighted Boat Parade for more information.

On our way back home we saw a cable car and few homes decorated with elaborate displays of lights, ornaments and holiday cheer!!!

San Francisco Holiday Fun!

Enjoy San Francisco at the most festive time of year!!!

Victoria 😉

Eat, Drink & Play…Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio

Nothing better than to spend a Sunday with family and friends at “Off The Grid’sPicnic at the Presidio.

Every Sunday 11 am to 4 pm through October 27th you can enjoy the best Bay Area favorite restaurants, food trucks, farmer’s markets fresh produce, traditional games, music, “picnic blanket bar service,” and an amazing Bay view.

Eat, Drink & Play...Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio

The purpose behind Off the Grid is to group San Francisco street food vendors and restaurateurs to allow neighbors and families to connect with each other and enjoy a great food experience. You can enjoy food from around the world in one place. A food-festive experience!

Eat, Drink & Play...Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio
Finally after a few months, we had the opportunity to ‘catch’ “Del Poppolo” pizza truck. Del Popolo’s truck doesn’t have a permanent location and you have to track it daily via twitter @pizzadelpopolo.

Del Popolo is a mobile pizzeria which specializes on rustic Neapolitan-inspired pizza. It is housed in a 20′ long and 8′ wide transatlantic shipping container modified into a mobile kitchen unit with a 5,000-lb Stefano Ferrara wood-fired brick oven. Pizzas are cooked for 60 seconds in the 800-degrees wood-fired oven.  The price to build this mobile pizzeria costed of over $180,000 dollars. For dessert we finished off with a Dulce de Leche and banana Argentinian empanada. Delish!

Eat, Drink & Play...Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio

There is something there for everyone to enjoy… even your dog! While you relax you can get your pup pampered at the mobile grooming Who Let the Dogs Out! and visit the mobile dog boutique K-9 Unit San Francisco.

Eat, Drink & Play...Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio

Eat, Drink & Play...Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio

A perfect way to spend a day, just bring a blanket, grab a bite to eat, a couple drinks and enjoy the afternoon!

Where: Picnics at the Presidio is located on Main Post, San Francisco, CA 94129 adjacent to the Walt Disney Family Museum.
See in Google Maps >
When: Every Sunday through October 27, 2013 – 11am to 4pm
Websites: http://offthegridsf.com/picnic &
http://www.presidio.gov/Calendar/Pages/off-the-grid-picnic-at-the-presidio-april-21-2013.aspx

Definitely going back to try out some of the other food trucks and vendors!

Which vendors have you tried?

Have a Smiley Day!!!
 
Victoria 😉

Walking the “Lover’s Lane” trail and Wood Line in the Presidio National Park

Presidio National Park Trails: Love Lane - Wood Line by Andy Goldsworthy

One of our favorite destinations to explore with the family in San Francisco are the trails that run throughout the Presidio National Park. Today, we walked “Lover’s Lane”, the oldest foot trail in the Presidio.

Lovers Lane is an easy .6 mile walk straight line down (or up) the hill in a paved pathway. We started at the Presidio Boulevard Gate and ended at Funston Avenue & Presidio Blvd. It was a beautiful scenic walk with the fragrance of the eucalyptus trees.

Presidio National Park Trails: Love Lane - Wood Line by Andy Goldsworthy

The right side of the path is bordered by a dense forest of eucalyptus, cypress and pines which were planted by the military in the late 19th century. On the left side we passed a charming row of historic military housing. There were also wild blackberries on both sides on part of the trail.

The Presidio is rich in military and social history. Lovers Lane got its name because this route was traveled 150 years ago by soldiers on the way to town to meet up with their sweethearts.

Parallel to Lovers’ Lane you can find the “Wood Line”, an outdoor piece of art by British artist and environmentalist Andy Goldsworthy.

Presidio National Park Trails: Love Lane - Wood Line by Andy Goldsworthy

This installation was constructed in a large gap inside the eucalyptus forest where the cypress trees planted in the 1890s died over time. Wood Line was created by trimmed branches, felled trees and eucalyptus trunks collected from the Doyle Drive reconstruction. Each piece of log was carefully selected to create a continuous curving line through the forest landscape. Over time this installation will decompose and return to the earth.

It was a fun family day in a beautiful location…. it was a place for everybody, there were sweethearts, hikers, joggers, kids (and adults) climbing and balancing on top of the wood line and nature lovers…even a team of videographers filming a documentary about the wood line.

Presidio National Park Trails: Love Lane - Wood Line by Andy Goldsworthy

Lovers Lane
Length: 0.6 miles (0.9 kilometers)
Use Type: Pedestrian Trail Only – Bicycles are Prohibited.
Difficulty: Moderate
Lovers Lane and Wood Line are located near the intersection of Presidio Boulevard and West Pacific Avenue.
Wood Line is located just off Lovers’ Lane.
Website: http://www.presidio.gov/explore/trails/Pages/lovers-lane.aspx#.Ufayzo1vNAN

Watch this great video from the FOR_SITE foundation about Andy Goldsworthy – Wood line: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97ap3DwHK1o

See in Google Maps >

Have you walked Andy Goldsworthy’s Wood Line in Lovers Lane in the Presidio yet?

Have a Smiley Day!!!

Victoria  🙂