Monday, July 20, 2015

Berlin, Germany and the Berlin Bears

Even the Berlin Bears need rain gear! 

I love stuff Teddy Bears and I found a very close connection when I was in Berlin on my Germany trip.  Not far away from Brandenburg Gate I was welcomed by this fun Berlin Bear.  They are ambassadors promoting tolerance and living together in peace all over the world now. 

Even the Berlin Bears need rain gear!

"The bear has become the symbol of Berlin. Especially the Berlin Buddy Bears. People find all over Berlin. Buddy Bears are  colorful, cheerful bears with their arms stretched up high. They have become Berlin's symbol for tolerance and "Weltoffenheit" (world openness)." description from Wikipedia

With the Buddy Bears, the centuries-old heraldic animal of Berlin took on a new shape and adopted a new role: The bears are a cheerful welcome for Berliners and their guests as well as ambassadors promoting tolerance and living together in peace all over the world.

Additional historic information is found at The Bear - the Symbol of Berlin.

Travel tip: Buy Berlin Bear charms and make fabulous earrings and jewelry!

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Fun Activities on the Streets of San Francisco CA

Fun on the back streets of San Francisco: GoCars

Of course this day activity was on an unusual March day in San Francisco which included almost every type of weather - fog, rain, clouds, and even a touch of sun - within a duration of 2-3 hours.  We were lucky  to be without snow driving over the hills.  I believe these weather elements actually created the best memories!

This is an unusual way to explore the side streets away from the traffic after you take a sightseeing tour.  Driving solo is fun in these cars, going on a group GoCar tour with their guided GPS is extraordinary to enjoy with friends.  I was fortunate to have one of the company guides as my chauffeur as I listened to insights about these tours and I was able to snap these pictures. 

Of course we had a couple of cars stray away from the group - all cars returned safely back to the garage.
Go Cars in San Francisco Courtesy of FunTourGuru
Go Car Tour in San Francisco Courtesy of FunTourGuru
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Friday, May 8, 2015

San Francisco Chinatown: Walk Down the Alleys

I am organizing many files and editing images (this is a huge project!) and I came across two fun off the beaten path pictures of San Francisco I am excited to share with everyone now. 

San Francisco Chinatown is one of the largest Chinatowns outside of Asia as well as one of the oldest Chinatowns in North America. Of course, it is one of the top tourist attractions in San Francisco.

Do you know?   You should walk down the several small alleys located in Chinatown. 

Insiders Secret:  My favorite is Ross Alley.  Ross Alley is the oldest alley in San Francisco. It was known for brothels and gambling.  Today, it is home to the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie factory and murals depicting the everyday life of the Chinese American community.

Look down at the sidewalk this time and you will find a walking tour map of Chinatown. 

And don't forget to buy a fortune cookie (or a dozen), from the store behind this group. The fortune cookie is a USA invention and started in San Francisco.  

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