Archive for the ‘Brazil’ Category

SAN FRANCISCO’S CROOKEDEST STREET

February 19, 2017

Lombard Street in San Francisco has long been considered as the crookedest street in the world. And it is! And it is beautiful and scenic with fabulous vistas. What wonderful thoughts went into designing this amazing street. Today, however, it is still beautiful but very busy. Tourists come from all over the world to see it, drive down it and admire it. Fabulous but not fun for those residents who live on or around the street. Traffic is a nightmare and can back up in the neighborhood as the cars wait a turn to drive down. Tour busses stop at the bottom of the hill so that the tourists can get out and snap a picture. Then there are the thousands of tourists walking up or down the stairs of the street. So some in City Hall are considering a charge for the cars and busses. Don’t know how this would work or be regulated and it is a long time out (if ever) but it is an idea to help control all of the people looking to enjoy this wonderful San Francisco icon.

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FLEET WEEK SAN FRANCISCO

October 4, 2016

The skyline of San Francisco glows with blue lights in the evening in honor of San Francisco Fleet Week.  With a week filled with activities, October 7th – 10th promises to be fun and exciting.  There are ship tours, marching bands – even a high school band competition – , art shows, air shows, the Parade of Ships on Friday and, of course, the amazing Blue Angels.  Prepare to be in awe as they soar through the skies over the San Francisco Bay, spinning and circling only inches from each other.  There is a viewing area on the Marina Green and you can reserve seats online.  Sit, watch and enjoy the catered food. San Francisco Fleet Week has been an October tradition in the Bay Area since 1981.  It promises to be fun-filled, educational and exciting.  Don’t miss it!                                     http://www.powerhiking.comimg_9899

LOVING RIO!

August 9, 2016

Like groupies we are glued to the TV set each night watching the 2016 Olympics and the beautiful panoramas of Rio.  What a glorious city!  Yes, it has its problems, but the scenery is beyond fabulous.  Loved the 2016 Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony as well.  What a visual treat!  Smiles, laughter, dancing, singing interspersed with lights and sound and music!  It was honest, earnest and fun!  From the history to the color to the music and the fireworks – it was fun!  Maracana Stadium and the sites and scenes of the beautiful landscape left us thrilled.  And what about Ipanema!!!!  Amazing!  The games have begun.  Let the party begin as well.                                                                                               http://www.powerhiking.com

THE BIRDS ARE BACK IN TOWN

January 15, 2016

The herring are running in San Francisco Bay and somehow the birds know.  Nature is amazing! On this beautiful winter day, hundreds and hundreds of birds are circling the water and feeding.  There are flocks of ducks of all different variety and color, flocks of geese, pelicans so full they can barely sit upright or fly, and sea gulls.  They are everywhere – in the air, sunning themselves on the rocks and shoreline, floating in the gentle waves – but always eating.  And frolicking among the birds are the many seals and sea lions -eating, gliding and barking happily.  What a wonderful sight!                                                                www.powerhiking.comBirds 1:15Birds 3 1:15Birds 2 1:15

GEESE IN TIBURON???

October 17, 2015

Geese visited Tiburon for their morning feast.  Stooping traffic while crossing the street they enjoyed a feast by the water.  What a sight!  www.powerhiking.comGeese 2

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PILGRIMAGE TO MAVERICKS

September 30, 2015

Home to monster off shore waves and world class surfing contests, there is a draw to visit Mavericks for surfers as well as beach wanderers.  The world’s best surfers come at a moment’s notice to surf Mavericks when the waves are right, but today it is enjoyed only by a flock of pelicans.  www.powerhiking.comMAVERICKS

VIVA WIMBLEDON!

June 30, 2014

The soccer world is watching Brazil.  The tennis world is watching England.  While the excitement of the games and matches continues, television shows us the beautiful beaches of Rio de Janeiro – Copacabana and Ipanema.  We take the cable car up Sugarloaf Mountain and we view the magnificent giant statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Carcovado Mountain.  In England we visit the  quaint village of Wimbledon as well as views back in London of Big Ben, The River Thames and the amazing London Eye.  Does it make you want to travel?  It sure does!