Reunion with family in Novato, San Francisco
|the balcony at Andrews and Lizzies|
The journey time to San Fran is a comfortable 4 1/2 hours, but with 2 hours time difference it was about 6.30 pm, as we left in the hire car. Unfortunately we were stuck in all the rush hour traffic, got a bit lost and ended up skirting the bay, and finally drove over the Golden Gate Bridge in the dark, so couldn't see anything. Finally arrived at the the apartment at 7.40pm! Lovely to see everyone again and after a brief moment's shyness, Lily was at ease with us. She seems to have grown a few inches since we last saw her and accompanies most of what she does with a little babbling commentary. Adorable! She cuddled up next to us on the sofa, and sat on our knees.
The new apartment in Novato, north of San Fran, is in a much quieter area, surrounded by pine trees, and overlooking a house with a small holding, with apple trees, a large fig tree and other fruit trees. All the buildings in Novato are one or two storeys high, and you can see small hills rising up in the distance. Very leafy and quite quiet. The shops are individual and attractive, rather than just functional. The cheaper brands like Ross and Target are out of town, and a short drive away. There are numerous attractive restaurants and coffee shops. I made a note to return to one of the cafes for a pecan pumpkin pancake. They do the sweet stuff so well!!