I’m not sure what I expected to see in a ferry building. With people passing through on the way to catch a ferry to the other side of the bay, I guess it’s more than a bus terminal, but less than an airport. Coming through the front door, the hall extended both left and right. I turned right.
A ferry rider arriving a few minutes early could stop by the artisan bakery for a selection of specialty breads.
Meat has become fashionable again. A salumeria — cured meat delicatessen — is in keeping with the times.
The refrigerator cases with complete pieces of meat remind us about animal origins. Continue reading “2008/12/12 San Francisco Ferry Building, market and ships“
We had saved our lunch hunger for the Pier Market, ordering the local specialty: seafood. In addition to a view of the open kitchen serving meals, the hostess had given us choice seats overlooking the bay.
After lunch, we walked out onto the pier for sightseeing, as do thousands of tourists every day.
The sea lions entertained us. Most just lie on the docks and sleep. When one wakes up and honks, a few others join in. With a slight shift in position, one sea lion falls into the water, and then swims around to squeeze into another spot.
There’s plenty of other tourists around with cameras, so we just asked one to snap this group photo with Geovanni, Kia, Nancy, Stephen and myself. Continue reading “2008/12/07 Pier 39, Fishermans’ Wharf, Telegraph Hill, Japan Center“
Long stroll with @redesign from Broadview Avenue down through Todmorden MIlls, around Cottonwood Flats. Is this an old CP Rail line towards Belleville? We encountered two acquaintances and said hello, dispersed social interactions still under pandemic distancing. (Crothers Woods, Broadview North, Toronto, Ontario) 20210722
Walked uphill towards a quiet neighbourhood square for provisions, as we're jet-lagged in suburban Brussels on the Sunday of a holiday weekend. Fruit stand, bakery and small grocery store offer the basics. Mother Alix Le Clerk (1576-1622) had a vision of education for for all girls, rich and poor, Catholic and Protestant, following the rules of St. Augustine. She was beatified by Pope Pius XII in 1947. (Église Sainte-Alix, Woluwe Saint-Pierre, Brussels, Belgium) 20211031
Unusually warm fall Saturday made outdoor dining on a covered patio feel like travelling to tropical climes. Fast food counter served takeout falafel wrap and beef shawarma with garlic sauce and fries in large quantity. We wore masks inside ordering, no vaccination passport required. (Delicious Shawarma & Falafel , Birchmount Avenue, Scarborough, Ontario) 20211002
Parents giving children a feel of the ice with skate helper training aids, an improvement over pushing a chair around. Slower movement on the pleasure pad to the south, faster circuits on the hockey pad to the north. Artificial ice solidified with temperatures below freezing overnight, streets otherwise clear of snow. (Harry Gairey Rink, Alexandra Park, Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario) 20201205
Overhead wires have been at this city intersection since the 1880s, presumable replaced many times over. Second truck parked across the street was detaching cables, the poles further east have neater braids. This tough urban streetscape might be improved by burying underground, but one block south used to be a marsh, suggesting geological as well as economic practicalities. (Queen Street East at Logan Avenue, Riverside neighbourhood, Toronto, Ontario) 20210628