Rub a pig’s belly at the Animal Place Sanctuary

On Saturday we headed up to Animal Place to visit the 600-acre sanctuary and meet up with the rescued animals. It was a little bit of a drive for us. Animal Place is about 2 and an half hours away from where we live, but it was worth every minute of it.

Animal Place Sanctuary and Education Center  is located in Grass Valley, Northern California and is one of the oldest and largest sanctuaries for farmed animals in the country. Animal Place was founded in 1989 and is the safe and loving home to 200 rescued animals … sheep, cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, rabbits, goats and two donkeys. All of the animals come from a sad, abused, neglected and abandoned story but now they are living the life they deserve.

As soon as we arrived, we started on a tour of the farm, led by Marji Beach the Animal Place Education Director and one of the wonderful volunteers.

In our first stop Marji introduced us to Shelby and Magnolia, two beautiful cows. Everybody has the opportunity to have some close-up and petting time with them.
Animal Place Sanctuary and Education Center

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Visiting Point Bonita Lighthouse

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Visiting the Point Bonita Lighthouse is a perfect kind of day trip with friends and family! It is located on the southernmost cliff of Sausalito and has one of the most breathtaking and spectacular views of the California coast.
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Beautiful mustard fields in full bloom!

The beautiful mustard fields in full bloom! – Napa Valley

Beautiful mustard fields in full bloom!

San Francisco Architecture – Crocker Galleria

Crocker Galleria in the Financial District.

I love the spectacular glass dome at the Crocker Galleria in the Financial District.

The galleria is a three-story shopping center with more with more than 40 shops, designer boutiques and little cafes and restaurants. Check out the roof garden…good place to sit and eat.

On Thursdays, visit the farmers market from 11am to 3pm, with 12 farmers and vendors, lots of fresh locally grown vegetables and fruits.

Location: Crocker Galleria, 50 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94104

Crocker Galleria in the Financial District.

Visiting The Fortune Cookie Factory in San Francisco

The Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory is a must-see while you are exploring Chinatown. It will take you less than 5 minutes to tour it but this is an experience you will enjoy. The Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory is located in the historic Ross Alley between Jackson and Washington Streets. Even thought it is a hidden tiny place you wont miss it…the smell of the fresh and sweet vanilla fortune cookies will draw you in 😉

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The Tom and Jerry Christmas House in San Francisco

The Tom and Jerry Christmas House in San Francisco

We finally visited the famous Tom & Jerry Christmas House yesterday (last year we passed by too early and they were still setting it up… they had a crane and an army of helping elves) :-) This is definitely one of the most delightful Christmas display in San Francisco.

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Painting Pumpkins

Painting pumpkins has became a fun tradition for my family, specially for my teenage daughter. A couple of months ago we started to discuss which character we were going to do this October.
My daughter wanted to do Cheshire Cat and the characters from the “Inside Out” movie. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do but once I watched “the Book of Life” movie with all the explosion of colors and a great life’s message, I instantly knew I was going to do one of the characters of this gorgeously animated film. Yeah, I loved it!

Painting Pumpkins The Book of Life

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Visiting the San Francisco Flower Mart

San Francisco Flower Mart

Imagine the smell of a thousand flowers all in one place. Don’t imagine it…experience it at the Flower Mart in San Francisco…

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Hollow Café

Had coffee and the best empanadas in the cutest little café in San Francisco, Hollow Café.

The cutest little café in San Francisco, Hollow Café.
Hollow Cafe
1435 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122
Inner sunset neighborhood
www.hollowsf.com

 

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

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

Last year we attended the Berkeley Kite Festival held at Cesar Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina, one of the country’s largest kite festivals. It was very nice to see hundreds of kites in different shapes, colors and sizes decorating the beautiful blue sky.

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