Hotel California - yes, really!

Trip Start Apr 28, 2007
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Trip End Oct 26, 2007


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Friday, June 1, 2007

Booked into the Hotel California...... "you can check out any time - but you can never leave."
 
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 footage of Rob skiing at Whistler. We shared a wonderful convivial lunch, then Lynton took us on a great tiki tour of some San Fran sights. It's always better from a local's perspective! An expansive view from Twin Peaks but the wind was COLD. A trip around Seacliff, where Lynton pointed out the property he would like to buy sometime in the future... it's real estate for movie stars, with a cliff top property on the market promoted in a real estate mag for $US16,500,000.  Then a view from below Golden Gate Bridge, where Pirani almost lost Heni, blown over the wall into the ocean.
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 Seasons, called "The Jersey Boys". We caught the extended season -a very very good show and a great evening including pre & post show drinks at Cortez. Thanks for arranging the tickets, Lisa.
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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jennyg
jennyg on

san fran,wooh
Hi Jen and Brian
John Aiken forwarded your blog as I was asking after you, sounds like you are having an awesome time, your San Fran entry took me back 5 years ago when Lyle and I were there...a beautiful city.What a great adventure you will be having.
You talk about cold there is a southerly blast coming through invercargill has 100knot winds and snow expected to sea level...so you can't have it that bad.Best wishes we will keep checking up on you.
Jenny and Lyle Griggs

will_share
will_share on

Re: san fran,wooh
Hi Jenny & Lyle, Nice to hear from you. We are certainly having a great time. At times we now say 'we are practising for retirement', but really it's a careerbreak. We're not counting down to out return! but will be back. Pleased to hear there's some snow for our ski crazy kids. Take care. Arohanui, Brian & Jen

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