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Walking Over Haddon in The Peak District

I confess I'm a fair weather walker, which means I often want to walk on our holidays, but whether we go is always dependent on the weather. I have a Goretex jacket but it's like a talisman. I own it, but I don't want to wear it and I hope vainly that just by having spent so much on it an schlepping it with me that it's going to ward off the rain! As you can see my travel planning involves a good deal of "magical thinking!" In California our cultural exuberance (paired with low standards) means we shamelessly call anything a "hike"  - as if we've scaled Everest in an afternoon. Here in England I'm not sure I even qualify as a "walker" because that denotes a level of seriousness I've failed at previously. Minimally it means you're wearing boots  and have an Ordnance Survey map (and possibly a compass) in your back pocket. I guess I'm more of stroller to be honest and I've blogged about my strolls all over the world; m…

A San Francisco Summer Day in October

We're finally enjoying our summer and as usual it has arrived fashionably late. When the fog clears and the sun comes out Ocean Beach is the dog's favorite place. On a clear day everyone is out here, surfers, couples immigrant families from Africa and Central America. There are dogs chasing sticks and children paddling in the surf.

This is the tip of San Francisco, past the Golden Gate. Facing out to the ocean with the city behind you,  you look to the right to see the Marin headlands emerging from a blanket of fog. It's gorgeous, you can see what I mean in the photo below with the Cliff House on the far right.

Tip: Head to the Cliff House for an afternoon drink, we like the bistro on the left. Best to go early, if you leave it to sunset you'll be fighting the crowds. You could also try the Beach Chalet which is fun for brunch. The upstairs restaurant faces the ocean but we prefer the downstairs bar facing Golden Gate Park. There are lovely WPA murals which I'll save for another post!