Whether in the hippie heyday or now, there's nothing like “tripping” in Cliff’s. The man in black, then owner Ernie DeBaca, was the King of Kitsch, though whether or not he knew his taste in bric-a-brac was camp and funky is debatable. His hospitality and patience were virtues since a main form of buying temptation was and is Ernie’s Contraption, an art form unto itself. Switch on the bicycle chains and with a clickety-clack all manner of notions in trays move up and down the wall, then across the ceiling. Only lacking the “toot toot,” it is better than an elevated train set. Once a museum of the tacky, the family-owned store is now more gentrified. Happily, Cliff’s remains a San Francisco institution, with tchotchkes, Victorian doorknobs, and everything for the kitchen sink. Odds are you will find a treasure for your own Art of the Memento installation—knicknacks to make you smile that just may smile back.May 9, 2012 Like Add a Comment
Imagine feeling peaceful while surrounded by hundreds of people, snapping photos, talking different languages and sometimes bumping into you. Butchart Gardens evokes this tranquil state of being. It doesn't matter how many people you are sharing the space with, the grandeur of it all captures your full attention. The beauty of art is when it is made to look effortless. The landscape artists have achieved this with their nature by design. It is more than just flowers and greenery, it is how they have married them together. While you roam the gardens see how many moss animals you can spot. Watch for the cougar ready to pounce, or the mother bear reared up to protect her cubs. Any time of the year is good to visit. If you are lucky enough to be able to take advantage of a season pass, it is worth the small cost.May 9, 2012 Like Add a Comment
Ponte Milvio is known for its history, popular culture references, and thousands of locks. Built by Nero in 206 BC, the bridge has many claims to fame in ancient history, including being the location of the interception of the Catiline conspiracy letters. Since its feature in Federico Moccia's book, I Want You (Ho voglia di te), Ponte Milvio has been a famous meeting spot for Roman couples, who attach padlocks to the steel columns and toss the keys into the Tiber. If you find yourself on the outskirts of the city center (near the Olympic Stadium), a visit to the bridge and one of the many bars and restaurants nearby will make a great evening.May 9, 2012 Like Add a Comment
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