06 July, 2010

The Duchess Retreats . . .

to San Francisco

In celebration of independence the Duchess stole away this weekend to San Francisco, and it was lovely. Better weather could not have been imagined, and the food and company were divine. First, after a quick nibble at Liverpool Lil's, we bustled over to the de Young Museum's "Birth of Impressionism" exhibit. The exhibit was chock-full of luminous oeuvres from the late 1800s and the masters of that style: Degas (above, "Race Horses Before the Stands"), Cezanne ("View of the Marseille Gulf from L'Estaque"), and Monet ("La Rue de Montorgueil") (both below, respectively).

After lunch we soaked up the San Francisco sun on the patio at Park Chow, right up the street from the de Young. Delicious bruschetta. Perhaps avoid the grilled artichoke though.

And dinner was taken at the splendid Nopa. The Duchess especially recommends the warm goat cheese, cherries and apricots salad with frisee. When in San Francisco, it's most definitely worth a visit.

But oh, back to reality (and back to work) for the Duchess.

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