Theresa's Mixed Nuts: Castro - Live Colorfully

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Castro - Live Colorfully

I still have a few more Iceland posts to share with you, but I thought in honor of Pride Month, I'd steer a little off path today and fast forward a bit to our most recent west coast road trip. Back in January, we set off on a 2 week road trip with almost no destinations plotted on the itinerary. My first stop though was to visit family in California who gave us a few insider suggestions on what we really should see on our route up the coast. One of those suggestions happened to be Castro, one of the first openly gay neighborhoods in the US.

Castro

Just 20 miles from San Francisco sits this super bright, colorful and lovely little neighborhood. It was a rainy, gray day, but that didn't stop us from feeling joyful as we walked the streets. I did know from a quick research session that I wanted to find the rainbow crosswalk because it just looked so dang cheerful. I couldn't help but think that maybe the world would be a happier place if all crosswalks were rainbow themed.

Rainbow Crosswalk Castro

Rainbow Crosswalk Castro

We did a little window shopping and I couldn't help but giggle over the spicy names of many of the shops in the neighborhood.

Castro California

Castro California

Castro California

Castro California

Castro California

Castro California
Castro California

And I really couldn't resist a stop at Hot Cookie to pick up some cookies. Lil Bitch was calling my name, but Cranberry Queen, Basic Bitch, and Funfetti Sugar Baby looked pretty tempting too LOL!

Hot Cookie Castro

Hot Cookie

Hot Cookie

The district isn't very big, 5 streets in total if I'm not mistaken, so we were able to briskly walk the area in under an hour, which was about all we had time for anyway because we were worried about getting our RV towed. (It didn't but we still got a $150 parking ticket. Whoops!)

Castro California

Castro California


Castro California

There is a free walking tour (tips are encouraged though), which we did not take, but if you have the time I hear it is quite educational. If you have a day to kill while out in the area, I'd recommend planning a few hours to walk the neighborhood and to check out the shopping boutiques, eateries and bars. It truly is a happy little place for all.

Castro California


♥ Happy Pride Month ♥


 

23 comments:

  1. I bet they have no sarcastic lil' bitches over there :) Dahlink, you look ever so thin in that photo, is you well?

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    1. Yes, dahlink, I'm fine. I was just starting to recover from my setback of last year, but I have since gained about 10 pounds since that photo was taken in January.

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  2. Lol on those cookie names and the fact that the oatmeal raisin one was called Granny! I did a SF guided tour a few years ago and it was fabulous. We only drove through the Castro, while the guide pointed things out, but it was a great way for me to see the whole city in a day while my spouse was at a conference. California is my favorite state to visit, so I'm envious of your trip up the coast. I hope you'll post more about it!

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    1. Isn't California great? We did the lower half about 2 years ago, then did a lot of the northern half earlier this year. I'd love to go back and do a tour of Napa and the wineries with just the hubby, so maybe we'll head back once the youngest is off to college in 2 years.

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    2. Napa is our fave. We went in 2006, 2016 and 2017. Can't wait to go again.

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  3. Muy bien las fotos, cada una nos dice algo :-)))))

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    1. Thank you for your lovely compliment on the photos :)

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  4. Wow, what a beautiful city Castro is. The shape of the building, the street and even the tram is also brightly colored ..., looks instagramble !.
    Your photos on the street are also cool.

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    1. Thank you! I did love all of the bright colors there. It was a wonderful contrast to the gray, rainy day!

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    2. I want to someday be able to come to this beautiful colorful city ..., I also want to know and get to know the people of Castro.
      Hopefully one day it will be done.

      By the way, in the photo on the street, you look a stylist and look more beautiful.

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  5. Oh my gosh, Theresa! I LOVE the bright colours and the one shot with you in the road is brilliant. Such a good shot. As for the bakes ... yum!

    Friday. Friday is my goal to stop working for the day and get outside and just be outside all ding dong day. Love that your tomatoes are working. So flippin' cool.

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    1. Hurray for getting out there and enjoying the sunshine this Friday! Will you be working on your garden and planter boxes this weekend?

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    2. Ah... that was the plan but today I'm chillin' doing laundry, started it yesterday and doing the fridge. Though the raised beds do need to go out and that was the plan for the day but I had to pivot. Which is not a bad thing. I'm okay with the pivot as I'm enjoying this super chill day. Happy Weekend.

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  6. Sure a cherry spot with many a fun name haha Ouch to the parking ticket though, but at least you didn't get towed.

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    1. That was the silver lining seeing the RV was still there when we got back!

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  7. The art is so amazing and the names are really funny

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  8. Love that rock hard Moby Dick. Just saying. Now, I don't actually love that rock hard Moby Dick but you know what I mean. Right?

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  9. Guess I'd have to go for the granny cookie, lol. Glad your RV was still there. I can't imagine the hassle/headache if it had gotten towed. Who ever thought you'd be happy to get an expensive parking ticket? It's all about perspective, isn't it? :)

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  10. I love this!! One day I will get to California and put this on my list to stop by. Who can resist a hot cookie?? Lol

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  11. I love all the color! The lines in the street are pretty! Why can't we have that here. Everything is so bland in the US. Well I did like the street art in Santa Fe.

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  12. Brilliantly Posted - Well Done - Stay Strong

    Cheers

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