Sydney–Darwin–Singapore–Kuala Lumpur–Penang–Mumbai–Dubai–Salalah–Luxor–Aqaba–Suez Canal–Alexandria–Istanbul–Anzac Cove–Athens–Venice–Dubrovnik–Naples–Civitavecchia (Rome)–Livorno (Florence)–Cannes–Barcelona–Lisbon–Le Havre (Paris)–Dover (London)–Bergen–Shetland Isl–Reykjavik–Halifax–New York-St Thomas–Aruba–Panama Canal–Puntarenas–Los Angeles–Honolulu–Papeete–Pago Pago–Auckland–Bay of Islands–SydneyFINISHED! But the vacation will continue for another two weeks.
Saturday, May 5, 2012
1000 miles is a l-o-o-o-o-n-n-n-g way to go to get an artichoke!
I’m learning that it won’t be easy to do a blog entry every
day! It’s been three days already and we’ve just started!
It is May 4 and we are now on day 3 of our journey, or
perhaps I should say day -12/11. I’m using -12/11 because of the International
Date Line; right now it is -12 until we sail, but after we cross the date line
we will lose (or gain, depends on how you look at it) and it is -11 days until
we sail in Oz because it’s really the 5th over there. Are you
confused yet? I am!
Only have a couple of photos so far, but I promise, later
you’ll wish I had more photographic restraint!
We had a wonderful dinner with my (almost) 92 year old aunt
Margery and her son, my cousin (one of the very very few I have), Daniel, at
Margery’s yacht club in San Diego. Beautiful, right on the water, makes me
almost wish for a boat. Note the “almost.” My uncle Bill (Margery’s husband)
said a boat was a hole in the water into which you pour water.
Kathy doesn’t know this yet (but she does now!), but, is
spite of her reminder phone call, we forgot the VB beer! Didn’t forget ALL the
Bundaberg rum (we have 2 bottles for her) but we did forget some of it. Sorry
Kathy, things just got too hectic at the last minute and we were crossing the
Arizona border when I asked if Randy had remembered the beer.
Randy in the field of artichokes
I’m learning already that we need to exercise at least SOME
restraint at buffets! Ate way too much breakfast at the hotel.
Some of my least favorite things? Los Angeles traffic and
motorcycles in said traffic.
Some of my favorite things? Good friends, my sister and
brother, and artichokes.
Not a field of dreams but a field of artichokes! Heaven on earth!
Our good friends, Alex & Marian Monto, recommended
Pezzinis near Monterrey, CA, for artichokes. We bought a couple (wish I had
time to get and cook a half dozen! I’ll have to settle for two.) and I can’t
yet say they are fabulous, but they LOOK fabulous and I’ve never had a bad
artichoke grown in the Monterrey area. We’ll cook them at Kathy’s house. Tucson
does NOT get good artichokes. In fact, I’ve given up even looking at artichokes
in Tucson. Monterrey artichokes are the Green Globe (Yum!) variety and Tucson
gets something else, probably from Mexico rather than Monterrey (Yuck!).
Randy & I had wonderful dinner last night at Perbacca in
San Francisco with my sister Victoria and brother Lance (who is a
self-described “foodie” and chose the restaurant). Fabulous food and even
better company. Wish we lived closer together. But who knows, maybe we have
more fun just because we don’t see each other but once every year or two?
Now THAT'S an artichoke!
Today is Be a Tourist in San Francisco Day. We lived in this
area for 27 years but I never fail to have fun in San Francisco.