Saturday, March 8, 2008
To my blogger friends...I thought I would give you a tour of my town! I love Sacramento because it is so diverse in culture. One weekend you can catch some Jazz, Chinese Celebration, Greek Festival. Yes...it is that diverse. They call us the home of the Fruit and Nuts! Not to far from the truth really. California in general is a big producer of both things. Here alone in our outlying counties you can find: pear,apple,cherry,walnut,almond,citrus and much more. It really is a wonderful place if you love all the different fruit and veggies California offers.
I wanted to share some of my favorite places. I like them for the history behind it and the architechure too. So, shall we begin our journey?
The photo up above is of the Sacramento Capitol. It has large gardens on all sides of it. It is a lovely park to walk through. And this photo you can see some of the beautiful roses that are cared for by the grounds keepers.
Here is another side of our beatuiful Captiol. It is truly a site to see. The artwork on the Captiol itself is awesome! And then once inside to look up in the rotunda is truly breathtaking. I highly recommed if any of you want to visit us in Sacramento that you include the tour of our beatuiful Captiol.
See what I mean about the beautiful pieces of art on the OUTSIDE of the Capitol. Truly wonderful to see. Take the time to walk around the Captiol and through the park. You will not be disappointed.
Then once finished there, I suggest going into Old Sacramento.
This is at the entrance of Old Sacramento, it is a statue that depicts the Pony Express rider. Great piece of art also. The streets and buildings have been kept to look like they did back in the Gold Rush days. Planking for walkways. I do however, recommed no high heels. It can be quite tricky to walk on the planking...lol! Great restaurants and pubs. Love them all. A fun one to try is Franny Annie's. Quite fun! Good place to eat is The New Orleans Cafe or Fat City Cafe or Joe's Crab Shack (right on the water) or more upscale Rio City Cafe( the outside dining is wonderful).
Before or after taking in livations and food. I highly recommend taking in this muesum!
I take my nephew and niece here at least every 2 weeks. We love coming to this muesum! They love climbing on all the engines and checking out all the displays. And love the minature train set! That is a sight to see.
I love downtowm Sacramento. Especially, at night! These photos were taken across the river in West Sacramento (also growing in leaps and bounds).
Do you see that river boat? That is called the Delta King. Great resaurant and has a superb Murder Mystery Dinner aboard. We did it once for a friend's birthday it was a riot! When you come and visit you really must walk the dock at night it is breathtaking! Jim and I feel safe in Old Sacramento,but again walk with someone!
Since I love architechure, I love to walk downtown on the K Street Mall (I highly suggest doing this during the day...hmmm...still pretty scary unless with a hugh crowd) and look at the buildings which are just lovely to see their lines and curves. One inparticular building is the Sacramento Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. Built in 1889, seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento. It is stunning inside and out. You don't have to Catholic to apprecate it's beauty and craftmenship.
Here is the inside of the church, isn't it breathtaking?!
Another very old, orginal building is that of the Crest Theater. Truly a fantastic theater, I have seen movie festivals, local bands, weddings in this restored theater! If only those fab walls could talk, the stories that would be told!
Here is the inside of the theater with lush velvet curtains. Wonderful to take in! I suggest catching a show there, be a band or movie fest!
If not wanting to wonder around trying to find parking (which can be very difficult on weekends) I suggest taking our Regional Transit. Again, I stress take these at daytime if going in areas that are suggestive of problems! Otherwise if sticking with mostly downtown to pub hop between dinner and going back to your hotel, then this is a BLAST!
One of my Sister,Mom and I's places to go to relax and catch up is here! The Tower Theater and Tower Cafe! It is beautiful reminder of simpler times and makes you think of nostalgia!
The films they play here have won some oscars in the past (independent films) like 'The Queen' and 'Juno'! Great works of art in themselves and then to sit in great retro movie style, it just can't get any better! Even the popcorn tastes better! We LOVE IT! And then before or after we catch a bit to eat or a cup of coffee. We love to sit around and chat about the movie we just saw!
I also want to share some parks that Jim and I love walking Glacier and taking in the wonderous sights of lush green! This is a pic of Southland Park Pond! Glacier and I love this park. People moving and relaxing and enjoying the simpler things in life! When you come and visit you must search out this place of solace.
And the last picture I will share is of the park that Jim and I spend hours walking,talking,sitting and holding hands! Generally losing ourselves here. We grab cups of coffee and head here. We love it here in the morning through early evening. This area is in East Sacramento (called the 40's) where million dollar homes are seated. But the people are not snooty, quite contrary. We have found them very pleasant and extremely nice in conversation. Glacier brings alot of people to us. It is a safe heaven for us. And I love that the neighbors of this park take such pride in it. You will find them tiding up, or pruning the hundreds of roses bushes or picking up trash along their travels. It is a lovely spot in Sacramento! The park is called Mckinley Park.
I hope you have enjoyed my ode to my city, my hometown...SACRAMENTO! It is truly lovely place to lose oneself if that is what one wants. Or it is a fab place to find nocks and grannys to discover. I invite you all to come and visit my HOMETOWN!
With much love,
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