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.
The beautiful mustard fields in full bloom! – Napa Valley
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
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 😉
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.
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!
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.