Howard Johnson Express Inn - San Mateo
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... we became part of an amazing community on Otay avenue. We have dear neighbors.....many who are like family to us now. All three kids have good jobs. They appear to be happy and thriving. We are set for the next chapter in our story. We start with Cartagena, Columbia .....leaving Friday. Tony Knight is meeting us with his new girlfriend. Darlene is joining us too. It's Carnival in Baranquilla...history beckons and ceviche and new memories to create. Happy Trails from Erin ...
... about it and we were both keen on experiencing it. Id say Carol and I are sensible and cautious people, but no matter what precautions we take on this trip, i say, as long as we are as best prepared and do our research , whatever will be will be. So we headed off.
Our plan, stick to the safe-ish streets, well at least avoid 16th and 17th street end of Valencia, don't look like tourists, stay clear of gangs and don't get robbed! This place reads pretty bad. ...
Ok, so what's it famous for? The Golden Gate Bridge. About thirty years ago, it was famed for being the biggest single span suspension bridge in the world. Then we built the Hull toll bridge. Nuff said. And it wasn't glitzy. I really was expecting to be wowed and I wasn't. It was a rust red colour....what's Golden about that? However, I did enjoy the rest of San Fran. We started by taking a bus to Haight Ashbury. Which is actually ...
... it was perfection! 1950s music provided the backdrop as waitresses carried steaming plates of hearty American breakfasts across the checkerboard floor. Coffee was brought to the table on tap, adding to the all-American feel. I ordered the corned beef hash with poached eggs, toast and jelly (we have brought elasticated trousers with us for the end of the trip!) while Stacey opted for the eggs Benedict. Both were delicious, although mine was not as expected. Corned beef hash here ...
... and steep street that is a major tourist attraction. We had talked about driving down this but had totally forgotten about doing so, so it was a wonderful 'accident' to have come across it. We drove around to the top of the hill and waited our turn to go down. Lined with adorably quaint houses on either side and brilliantly colourful flowers, the descend to the bottom of the street took a total of 3 minutes. We felt like celebrities ...