For me, at least. Bubba goes back to school tomorrow, and he's not too thrilled about it, even though he got to go on vacation part of the time.
Since our instructor suggested we not do any homework (online) this week, I've been relaxing and doing other stuff. Here are links to a few of the fun items I've uncovered.
After a 10 year hiatus, we finally got to go back to San Francisco (darned kids and life can do that to you). Fortunately, we had glorious weather (it was not so glorious when we arrived, but was perfect after that) and a grand time with the kids running about.Don't miss these in San Francisco:
The Top of the Mark
(at the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins hotel) Nob Hill
We stayed there and only went to the top before we left, but sunset there was very pretty. Got a few photos and enjoyed the view. Too bad the bar was full on a Sunday night. I surely needed a drink (which I didn't get until we got home).
I was looking for something immediately when I woke up Saturday. I had dreams about the patisserie from this place
for years. Marilyn got her wedding cake from them when she lived nearby--a custard-filled sponge cake with real strawberries and an ethereal frosting.
So I got a map, and I talked to the concierge and a desk clerk about the shop, but by mistake, they directed me to La Boulange on Russian Hill
. It was a jog to get there (I dragged Bubba along to get him outside since he woke up at 0330 Pacific time), but since we had walked so far, I made sure we had plenty of goodies to bring back for Dad. Later, we also ended up at La Boulange's Pine store
when Delanghe's was closed on Monday. It wasn't the same, but oh, my goodness. That goat cheese tart they were sampling...superbe!Angel Island
We took the ferry from Tiburon
here and had a blast. We took sandwiches and assorteds from Shark's Deli
with us. With three young boys, we opted for the tram tour, because we would have never made it around the island walking. Segways and bikes are available for rent, too.
Following the marathon day on Angel Island, we headed to a crowded Pier 39
and some little fellow at our house got to see the sea lions
, which had been his goal since he read a book about them in December. We got him a corn dog when he was hungry, but his stomach did not like it, though.
We retreated to Marilyn and Wes's house and ate Chinese
with the kids who felt like eating. For dessert, we walked over to John Campbell's Irish Bakery
. I had the Double Chocolate Almond Tart. Dave loved the rhubarb with crumb topping. From reading yelp
, I wasn't surprised that people really liked the items from this place. The soda bread, scones and cookies are also pretty amazing.
After all the Angel Island excitment, we slept late on a glorious Sunday, then trekked through Chinatown
on our way to Old St. Mary's
Cathedral. After that, we also rode the Powell St. cable car
to San Francisco Centre
. I had Out the Door
for lunch, which was lovely. The boys liked their lunches
, too. It was a lazy Sunday strolling around downtown after that, shopping and window shopping.
Later Sunday, Marilyn and I met for coffee
and strolled around the Laurel Heights neighborhood. We shopped where we could and window shopped everywhere else. When all was said and done, we got dinner for me to take back to the hotel for the boys at Asqew
, which they enjoyed.
On our last day, before we headed out, we went to the Presidio
and saw a few things in that neighborhood, particularly Crissy Field.
We flew home on one of the last non-stops
from San Francisco to St. Louis. We'll miss them.
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