Hotel California - yes, really!
Trip Start Apr 28, 2007
65Trip End Oct 26, 2007
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We left Vancouver on a balmy early summer's afternoon, but after the pilot warned us that the temperature in San Francisco was at (our) winter levels, we prepared reluctantly to accept a return to more layers & jackets. "June Gloom" the locals call it, and Mark Twain reputedly said that the coldest winter he had ever spent, was summer in San Francisco.
Checking into Hotel California created some issues; Wotif.com was quick to take our booking & our money but less efficient about notifying the hotel. In comparison, and despite dire warnings from concerned friends, our check out and departure was actually a breeze. Pity they don't play the occasional Eagles number in the lobby to add to the ambience.
On our first day in San Fran, we had a memorable lunch with Lynton & Wendy - mouth watering tapas with an Asian flair. Lynton was a friend of Rob's and compiled the video
That night we dined at a classy restaurant, Postrio, recommended by Wendy where the food was fabulous. The only low point - we guessed the waiter lost his soul about 10years ago, and we missed the usual friendly repartee with a local.
San Fran was partly about shopping so of course we went to Victorias Secret where the newest offering is a DIY bra with 101 ways to wear it, and on to Gap and FCUK to check out other gear for us both. The next highlight was The Museum of Modern Art or MOMA as it is known, which features Andy Warhol, but also a current installation in the exhibition is a mound of 18,000 blue denim garments complete with the live clerk sitting at a desk with a pink eraser doing the "book keeping". Sadly photos are forbidden because we would like to have shared that one.
That evening we went to a musical with Lisa. It was the story of Frankie Valli and the Four
Then next day, again thanks to Lisa, we got our rental car, and did a little more shopping, even if curtailed by varying agendas.....but that may be an inevitable gender issue.
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