Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Watery Wednesday #149 - My Area of Northern California - July 20, 2011

Well, I said farewell to my friend, Meaux, at 5:15AM at San Francisco International
Airport.  It's been a busy two weeks and we had a wonderful time.  We ate at a
variety of Asian restaurants - Thai, Sinaporean, Indian, Japananese and Chinese,
feasted on seafood and I did some cooking as well.

We managed to fit in a three day visit to my son and his wife in West Sacramento and
just spent a lot of time taking in the lovely scenery in my own area - when the summer
fog didn't interfere with visibility!  This is the time of year when fog is heaviest.  I really
don't mind it much - after all, that's San Francisco - except when I'm driving!

I took this picture of the Pacific and the pier in Pacifica on a wonderfully sunny day.
The location is less than five miles from my home and my son fishes from this pier, on

About 8AM, my phone rang and I was delighted to hear the voice of my dear friend, 
Werner Bernhard, a forensic toxicologist at the Legal Institute of Medicine in Bern,
Switzerland.  He was calling to tell me he will be attending the meeting of the 
International Association of Forensic Toxicologists in San Francisco the end of 
September here in San Francisco and wanted to know if he could stay a few days with
me afterwards!  How wonderful!  I first met Werner in 1995 at another meeting here,
showed him about the city during his stay after and we have become dear friends.  I've
visited his home in Switzerland twice, his son has spent a month two different summers
here and become a friend of my son, Jeremy, and Jeremy has, subsequently, been a 
guest of the Bernhards in Switzerland twice for two lengthy stays.  It is just amazing how
friendships develop and prosper!

I am participating in that wonderful meme, Watery Wednesday #149 -
check out the site and add your watery post!


  1. Hi Carmen! It’s not what it seems: I’ve just been too busy... No holidays... ;)

    It seems that everything is OK over there. Great!!

    Blogtrotter Two is posting on Corsica this summer... Enjoy and have a wonderful week!!

  2. the water looks great- glad you have such great friendships

  3. That pier looks to be so convenient! Close to all those houses!!

  4. Beautiful picture!
    You surely had a wonderful time :)

  5. Trotter -
    Corsica - I've never been there so I will definitely have to live vicariously!

    Judy -
    It's nice that the pier is so close and there are wonderful seafood restaurants in our neighborhood. I love living here, in spite of the fog!

    sg -
    Being with my friend 49 years these past two weeks has been such a wonderful experience. We know that such visits are few and far between as we grow older.

    Sharkbytes (TM) -
    I have really loved living in this place for the past 34 years but I hav totally missed being close to many life long friends. Thankfully, San Francisco is a place many of them visit!

  6. It looks like a very nice place close to the water!

  7. you sound like you have been a very busy lady but enjoying and taking it all in with your close friend -good for you :-)

    the picture is beautiful

  8. First time participant who's brother in law lives in San Fran... enjoyed reading your post, and story of friendships. Yes, life is wonderfilled with thoughts of how they begin and are formed ... if you are open to them.

  9. Absolutely beautiful...California has to be one of the prettiest states in the union.

    And, I bet you're on pins and needles with excitement for your friend to arrive in a couple of months.


    Hope your day has treated you well so far!!

  10. You were mentioning him in my blog today, I can imagine your excitement. :) Have great times together.

  11. Beautiful picture! We used to live in Chico and would visit San Francisco often. I really miss northern California!

  12. Friendships like that are to be treasured!

    It's funny how things vary across the world - I associate fogs with autumn. :)

  13. Friends are so important!

  14. Great view, Carmen...
    Have a wonderful weekend :)

  15. What a beautiful view, Carmen!

    You'll have another fantastic post with great photos coming, and I can't wait to see or read your adventure!

  16. Bern! So near yet so different from where I live...true blue beauty!