Since my youngest is home from college for a few more weeks we decided to do a mini-vacay…destination San Francisco. Decades ago when I first moved to California I lived in San Francisco for three years and it’s always had a soft spot in my heart. Plus it’s only about 40 miles away!

I booked an Airbnb at a fabulous seventh-floor condo in Chinatown. The views sold me (Coit Tower, Bay Bridge, TransAmerica building), but it also had two bedrooms, 1.5 baths, was nicely furnished and within walking distance of so many things.


The weekend included lots of great food (Chinese, Italian and French), shopping at City Lights Bookstore and a trip to the SF MOMA (Museum of Modern Art).


This print of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis by Andy Warhol was particularly moving.


I saw this fun mural on the side of a building and thought it would be a perfect place for a photo op.


City Lights is a must-see for book lovers. My husband quipped, “Finally, a real bookstore!”

And you know I had to work in at least one thrift store over the weekend! I choose a quirky, indie store called “Moving Sale” just three blocks from the MOMA.


It was a challenging picking experience. Things were stacked all over, three to four feet deep so it was hard to even reach things that were set back. It was also heavy on furniture and appliances like used blenders, vacuum cleaners and stereo components. Not my thing. Most stuff was unpriced (sigh), though I did see a few vintage black slightly battered bakelite phones marked $45. I was tempted by the vintage slide view projector (on the right-side of the photo).

In the end, I only spent 15-20 minutes there. I think if I hadn’t already been so tired from the museum I would have stayed longer and dug deeper. I’m sure there was hidden treasure in here, but I did find one thing I wanted…a cool 1967 Eagle Scout Certificate. (Congrats Gary T. Kato!)


I asked how much it was and the owner said $8.00. I asked if he would take $5.00 and he said yes.  Super. 🙂

So no big haul for the weekend but lots of family fun. One of those trips I know I will treasure for years to come!


  1. JoyceHayden

    What a wonderful well-timed vacation! Thanks for sharing the view!!

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  2. We caught the most beautiful sunrise over the city this morning. Made us wonder if the owner ever tires of her view! – Karen


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