Archive for April, 2014


April 30, 2014

The sky is sparkling blue and the sun is shining brilliantly over San Francisco.  Spring is definitely here and what better place to visit in such beautiful weather than The Palace of Fine Arts.  This Beaux Art structure was built for the Pan Pacific International Exposition in 1915, celebrating the completion of the Panama Canal and the rebuilding of the city following the 1906 earthquake and fire.  It was designed by architect Bernard Maybeck.  As ducks, geese, swans and sea gulls frolic in the lake, wander the path through the park or relax on a bench in the sun or on the grass under a tree.  Enjoy the beauty of the setting and the beauty of the day.                                                                                                                                                                                  www.powerhiking.comPalace of Fine Artsducks


April 23, 2014

Fiesta San Antonio includes parades, street fairs, costume parties, colorful decorations and costumes, coronations, commemorative pins, food, music and fun!  A tradition started in 1891 with the Battle of the Flowers Parade to recognize those who fought in the Battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto, Fiesta now has spread to all neighborhoods and generates substantial funds for charities from scholarships to historical preservation.  Over an eighteen day period each April,  Alamo Plaza fills with people in bright costumes, huge flower hats, decorated shoes, floats, many different types of food, and entertainment.  The music and parties are non-stop from the moment the first “Viva Fiesta!” is heard as people flow through the Plaza, streets and onto the River Walk.  Celebrating the culture, heritage and history of San Antonio, Fiesta is part of the San Antonio experience for every one.  Watch out for the cascarones – confetti filled eggs – a Fiesta tradition!Alamo SquareRiver Walk


April 21, 2014

Spring is here and the sun is glimmering on San Francisco Bay.  What a perfect time to explore and enjoy the waterfront and a perfect spot to start is Pier 39.  Located at The Embarcadero and Beach Street, there is fun for everyone.  There are restaurants and eateries of all kinds from ice cream and candy to seafood.  There are shops and  a carousel.  Street performers entertain you and the music of the street musicians  can be heard above the ever present bark of the sea lions living at the end of the pier.  There are views of the Bay and Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge in one direction and views of the city in the other direction.  Even the famous Coit Tower can be seen.  People are everywhere enjoying themselves.  Walk past the famous crab at the entrance and the topiary dolphin among the flowers and head to the Aquarium of the Bay to explore the beauty of the life beneath the water of San Francisco Bay.  After the Aquarium wander the pier to explore its many attractions or even venture on to Fisherman’s Wharf  just a few steps down the waterfront.  What a great day of fun in the sun!