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The view from my friend’s apartment in Outer Sunset, early in the morning, on a day without a trace of the famous fog.

Earlier this month I took my first trip to the West Coast to visit three of my close friends who have moved/moved back. It was a much-needed break from work and I was blessed with ‘San Francisco summer’ – the two or three weeks of heat and sunshine in September/October. I spent the first few nights in Oakland (the rest in Outer Sunset) and had great fun during First Fridays. It was also fleet week so loads of noisy airshows and festivities around the city. I enjoyed the wine and trip out to wine country. I absolutely fell in love with the ‘painted lady’ houses; ate a burrito the size of my arm; racked up so many flights of ‘stairs’ on my iPhone activity counter; marveled at the Redwood trees; and discovered Dutch Crunch bread.

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Fleet week air display against the Golden Gate Bridge.
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Street performers on a break near Pier 39.
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Escape from Alcatraz.
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A most patriotic seagull.
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Pier 39.
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Mission district.
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Early sunset in Oakland harbor.
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One of my favourite photos from the trip, outside Space Burger in Oakland.
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The exquisite Oakland theater.
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On my first day we went for a walk in the Redwood Regional Park.
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I couldn’t get enough of the Redwood trees.

The Cape in black and white

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Last night I planned to come home, make soup and edit photos. Instead I ended up making soup and ironing. So this evening I excitedly lay down on my bed, turned on my PC (which only gets used to backup my iPad and to edit in Lightroom) only to realise I forgot my mouse in Durban a few weeks ago. Editing without a mouse really sucks…so I was a little lazy with these, but I love the way they look on the iPad screen and in the 16×9 crop. The couple on the pier is my favourite – he is actually blind. It is a stunning photo in color too because both her coat and the light are red.

Last batch of CT photos coming tomorrow – and it’s back on the plane tomorrow night to Durban for work.

Left my soul there, down by the sea

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Got to spend the weekend by the sea, visiting Cape Town. Reminded me of one of my favourite songs by Morcheeba, sums up my time perfectly:

Flocking to the sea
Crowds of people wait for me
Sea gulls scavenge
Steal ice cream
Worries vanish
Within my dream

I left my soul there,
Down by the sea
I lost control here
Living free

Fishing boats sail past the shore
No singing may-day any more
The sun is shining
The Water’s clear
Just you and I walk along the pier

I left my soul there,
Down by the sea
I lost control here
Living free

A cool breeze flows but mind the wasp
Some get stung it’s worth the cost
I’d love to stay
The city calls me home
More hassles fuss and lies on the phone