Friday, February 16, 2007

In looking through some of the pictures I took when we were in London and Edinburgh recently, I realized there were some I had wanted to post but hadn't done so.
In the picture above, Phil (He looks cold, doesn't he? It WAS cold!) is standing outside the office of a private-pay medical doctor whom I saw while we were in Edinburgh. I had what we believe is asthmatic bronchitis (I say "is" because it's still haning on), and I reached a point of feeling I needed medical attention.
It was fascinating to ride in the taxi to her office, which was at the bottom of a "mountain," and we reached it after many turns and lots of tiny, curvy streets.
Directly across the little street from the doctor's office was the view in the photo below. We have no idea what that lovely building housed. You can see that, beyond the fence Phil is leaning against, there is a beautiful stream, also.

We stayed at the Caledonian Hilton in Edinburgh, a lovely old hotel. We had just come from the doctor's office and Boots, the pharmacy/drugstore, where we got my prescription....thus, the bag in Phil's hand. :-)

Phil with the friendly and very entertaining bellman at the entryway to the Caledonian.

Lovely stairway in the hotel. Made me wonder when "Miss Scarlett" was gonna come down the stairs.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

I can't imagine anyone not knowing that we're still enduring a long spell of below-freezing weather in the midwest. We were in California during the below-zero weather, but last weekend while we were home, everything was still well frozen. Witness the icycles, and frozen water in the downspout, outside our front door.

I flew to San Francisco on Tuesday, February 13th. I was fortunate, in that my flight left O'Hare only about 1.5 hours late; many, many flights in and out of O'Hare were cancelled.

While at United's Red Carpet Club prior to my flight, I took the photos above and below. There were many, many pieces of heavy equipment, such as the one above, scraping and moving the heavy, blowing snow.

I was intrigued by a "parade" of 16 snow-movers, clearing the runway! Wish my camera lens could have captured all sixteen.

This morning's sky downtown San Francisco, just before sunrise.

You already know that I love what the skies have to offer, and am intrigued by the colors that come with each day's views as seen from the San Francisco Airport Marriott.
The picture above: shades of grey, with two "curtains" of rain in the distance.

The next morning, everything is in shades of blue....

Phil and I are staying again at the Hilton downtown San Francisco. I may have shared these pix before, but I just have to post them again. On a long wall on the first floor of the building are these beautiful stained glass depictions of areas and famous topics of San Francisco.

The tall grey tower in the center of this photo is part of the Hilton where we're staying during this week in San Francisco. It's nice to have options, and fun to be downtown again.

This unique design greets each vehicle driver upon entering the parking garage of the San Francisco Hilton.