Chez Panisse

Chez Panisse is a very famous restaurant in Berkeley founded by Alice Waters known for starting the fresh food movement-farm to table. It is incredibly fresh food. We joined my friend for lunch there. The tomatoes on my plate were fabulous. We met a man outside the restaurant delivering fresh vegetables that came directly from a Sonoma farm, one that had escaped the fire.

These were setting on the counter overlooking the kitchen as we entered.

The outside entrance.

They make their own bubbly water so there aren’t tons of bottles to be disposed of. I like their glasses too.

This huge incredible tree stretched high over the entrance. It was called something like a BuiBui tree. Whatever the name, it was gorgeous.

Sand, Sea and Sun

Meanwhile, back at our beach place after our visit to England, we’ve had some magnificent skies. None of these photos has been retouched. The colors are real.

Interesting clouds and a great blue sky.

A forbidding sky one morning but it never rained. The tide is out so that is what is left behind when the water recedes.

The same dark sky with the sun behind me shining on some beach vegetation.

A nice sunset. Hot weather was on the way and I think it shows in the sky.

This cloud caught my eye. I liked the pink but especially the markings-it looks like a fish or a snake.

I don’t think I’ve seen the water sparkling like this before.

Another giant jelly fish left behind by the receding tide. It looks like an alien a bit.

Town Lake

One of our favorite things to do in Austin is walk around what is called Town Lake which is actually part of a dammed up river, done to control flooding. I see that they have renamed it Lady Bird Lake, the wife of President Johnson years back, but it will always be Town Lake to us. They had horrible flooding in Austin and the surrounding area a few months ago but it hasn’t rained since and the trail is very dusty, coating my dark running shoes when I walk there. I love being there early in the morning when the light is good.

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I especially liked the light on this tree with the water in the background.

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This was under one of the bridges.

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The same bridge with a nice reflection and a boat being rowed under it.

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Of course, I am seeing family while here. This is my son, Jason, with his five boys. They certainly were interested in whatever he had on his phone-I forget what it was now.

Corsica

We’ve been to Corsica once before and really liked it. It’s still very wild and pretty much undeveloped with narrow curving roads along the rocky coast and just one highway going across the middle of the island. It’s closer to Italy than France but is nevertheless French and Napoleon was from there. Christopher Columbus is also said to have been born there in Calvi, where we stayed.

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Here Corsica is from up above in the plane. Look at the color of that water. Isn’t it fabulous?

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A look at the harbor from a shop window in Calvi.

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A view of the citadel across the water.

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We rented a car one day and went down the coast. Incredible views all along the way.

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We were there on Bastille Day, July 14th, and there were fireworks. So much fun.