I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas. We sure did. Many of us were missing but sometimes that cannot be helped. There were 25 of us and the little cousins were together and a new little cousin was added.
We missed the ones that could not make it.
Above is a picture of the Mission Inn at Christmas. It is just a few miles from us. It's where my grandparents were married many years ago. Over the years is has undergone upgrades but always kept as a thing of pride in our small city.
We are a sister city to San Bernadino, also not far away. We have had fear and tragedy but we have also had joy...as is the way of life.
This is one of the outside walls.. You can see our San Bernadino Mountains in the distance.
Yes, the sad tragedy happened at the foot of those mountains.
In those mountains is Big Bear and Lake Arrowhead. A lovely place to visit. We are waiting for our snowpack. So far..nothing.
View of the inside court yard.
...so you can see the crowds that gather for the lighting... It was so cold that we didn't go this year.
Our downtown Riverside is not a very big place and finding a place to park can be very challenging.
A view from the one of the balcony's. My children sent my second husband, Frank, and I here for our anniversary and it was just beautiful. I lost Frank to liver cancer in February 2007.. We were married on New Years Eve 2002.
Straight ahead you can see the clock tower. Just beneath the clock you can see a figure. When the clock moves so does the figures..and they are amazing works of art.
Off in the distance you can see one of our office buildings..I'm not sure which one it is.
The Mission Inn and the surrounding shops, museums, library etc, is a favorite place of mine to wander in and shop and just sight see. After my first husband's death, I came here often to just wander and think. Sometimes with friends..sometimes alone.
I have loved living in Riverside for all these years. Lots of sadness but lots of joy too.
I've taken some of my blogging friends to visit here..
More photo's tomorrow..
I hope you enjoyed these..
Peace and love,