When Dee and I got out of the car the first things we saw were these two ladies dressed as pirates! They even had a pirate cove!!! I wanted the dresses bad, not to mention the hat! Sigh! The shoes! The corsets!
This annual tradition features hundreds of costumed players, colorful characters from literature and history, and winding lanes filled with shoppes, pubs, and delicious fare. Like no other event in the world, the Great Dickens Christmas Fair transforms 100,000 square feet of exhibition halls into a Victorian Christmas card come to life. This uniquely San Francisco tradition is the holiday party that generations of families have enjoyed for three decades. I remember going as a young child near the Wharf in SF and what a great time I had with my uncle Richard and my grandmother. It was a magical experience, this time it brought it all back SO much fun! My eyes were wide and open the entire time I was there!
A time to visit the streets of Victorian London watching people in contemporary clothing of that era. Some of them are engaged in loud conversations regarding payment for a Christmas goose, or perhaps a solicitation of services rendered or maybe just a good humored verbal jousting. I loved the men with signs that Gin was Sin! LOL So funny! Some are SO fun while they pull you into their shops! I indeed was warned to get my nose off the window of the hat shop and go in and try it on! Which I did! All the while a cast of characters walk by; Jacob Marley weighed down with chains, I told Dee that was going to be ME in the after life, Fezziwig jovial and boisterous, an Artful Dodger with Fagen who looked like the movie character I swear! zipping through the crowd, a group of drunk chimney sweeps creating havoc and flirting with me every where I went!
Dee and I both had our cards read...wow...I might talk about this experience later...brought up ancient father pain...VERY interesting at Jolie Stevens Tarot, when I said I didn't think it was the Father, she said yes it was, so I won't disagree, I will believe that we are layered like onions as she said, and peel another layer. It was a 3 card spread with following 2 more cards. She kept saying "I'm sorry, I'm sorry, its harsh" Grin...father pain usually is! snort Go figure I decided on relationships to talk about! rolling eyes!
I was just shocked it was that, I kept asking are you sure its not feminine? Any way, that is me in my fab new hat next to Jolie! I love it!
We ate in the food court, Dee had fish and chips and I went with the greek salad! It was YUMMY but I was starving and shaking! It was good to sit and eat! I tried my first buttered rum YUM and hot cider too! I could not believe we got there at 10:30 and didn't leave until almost 5:30, and I don't know where the time went! It was a blast! If I had worn my red velvet dress with my purple scarf I would have fit right in! giggle
"It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while
there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world
so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good-humour."
- A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens