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Monday, February 13, 2006

Weekend in Chinatown

We went to the Chinese New Year street fair and parade in San Francisco this weekend. It is the biggest celebration of it's kind outside of Asia. The parade is voted one of the top 10 in the world.
To say it was crowded is an understatement. We had our double stroller and it was quite a task making our way through the crowds.
We ate lots of yummy pork and bean buns and noodles. Weaved in and out of little shops selling tea's and herbs and vegatables. We bought some trinkets to take home with us.
The parade started at 5:30. We spent about an hour looking for parking and then we pushed the kids up numerous steep San Francisco hills. We fought through the crowds and found our spot along the parade route. Trying to take pictures at night holding a squirming 1 year old is not easy. So whenever I got the chance to snap a picture it looked something like this. Jack liked the bands that played and the awesome dragons that came running by.
We saw maybe a quarter of the parade, the crowds and the pace of the parade(slow) were a little much for us all after a hour and a half or so. So we battled our way out of the crowd (which was very very very challenging with our gigantic stroller) and trekked back to our car.
Sunday we went to the beach. Much more relaxing. Jack loved running after the waves and making sand casltes (that's the Golden Gate Bridge in the background).
This is how we all felt driving home. It was a truly exhausting trip. I'm not sure we will try anything like that again any time soon. More beach play and picnics in the mountains for us. I would love to go back and see the parade and street fair when the kids are older and they can enjoy the experience as much and John and I.


Blogger teega said...

China Town is fun all the time!

10:13 AM  
Anonymous Shannon (sentimental) said...

Girl you capture so much all the time in your pictures, almost as if you didn't need words. I love it. The beach however were my favorite!

11:04 AM  
Blogger la vie en rose said...

how fun! i'm going to have to put that down on my must-do list.

11:47 AM  
Blogger acumamakiki said...

I love seeing San Francisco!! I've been to that parade many times and the crowd is unbelievable. We used to follow the dragon and it was great fun!

2:40 PM  
Blogger telfair said...

Such amazing pictures! Even the blurry ones look so beautiful and colorful and active and artistic.

11:48 PM  
Blogger gkgirl said...

that is a big day...
and a big undertaking...
love the pictures

and just wanted to say
happy valentines day

5:00 AM  
Blogger ESB said...

wow, seeing all of these pics really brings back memories of my childhood in SF....especially the one of the bridge...

9:30 AM  

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