Weekly summary and photos
Trip Start Feb 15, 2012
191Trip End Sep 17, 2012
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What a week - we have had an amazing time, seen some amazing things and had lots of fun. Plus last night caught up with great friends, Zhanna and Vitaly
San Fran put on its best weather and it was so much like Melbourne in springtime. Overcast for a while then the sun bursts though for some glorious sunshine then before you know it you are reaching for a warm coat. It was good prep for the cooler days in Vancouver.
What were the best of San Fran...hard to say. We did the obligatory bus tour to get our bearings and a good overview. As always when we travel, we walked a lot, along from Pier 1 to Fishermans Wharf...great stroll. Seeing trams from all over the world was a nice touch - but couldn't help but think it must be a maintenance nightmare for someone?? California Academy of Science was a great filler of several hours as was the MoMA.. We did Sausalito on ferry, seeing Alcatraz on the way...plus a bonus of seeing some America Cup yachts in practice.
Then on to Vacouver. Beautful, even if it was the off season. Thanks to our friend Laura we had a nice upgrade at the Westin...sensational room with sensational view.
Did a LandSea tour on our first rainy day and loved our bike ride around Stanley Park (in the dry). Spent best part of a whole day Granville Island markets and then had a fun seaplane ride seeing Vancouver from the air. Sandy also loved taking a train ride into suburbia and back - even though she had a snooze for part of the skytrain trip
Friday morning off to the airport and on to Houston. Had dinner with Zhanna and then coffee with Z and Vitaly - was great so see them again. Only spent a little time on BHPB matters ;-)
Saturday has been spent at Houston's equivalent of Chadstone - Galleria. Fascinating just looking at the similarities and differences. Lots of the same shops, but some a few different faces. Aussie dollar is great. I must also say that when Oz brought in GST, the person who made the rule "prices quoted must include tax" is a sheer genius. It gets me every time in the US - you think you know the price but then comes all the taxes. Crazy
Dinner tonight with Weill's and then on to Miami Monday to see the Vanselow's