Today’s picture is of the Alcatraz prison….The Rock….. located close to San Francisco. I chose it for several reasons. I’m a big fan of the movie, “Escape from Alcatraz” and I’m excited about the new JJ Abrams show, “Alcatraz” that will be televised this fall.READ MORE
San Francisco, California
One of my favorites, mostly because it’s such an esthetically beautiful city with so much to do. We visited Alcatraz and Sausalito while we were there, and as a lover of all things Victorian, I had a blast admiring the “Painted Ladies”.
The Golden Gate bridge was even more magnificent in person, the pier was all abuzz with activity and we inhaled the entire Ghirardelli ice cream emporium. Yum!
We departed Atlanta on an 8:40 am flight on Northwest Airlines to SFO via MSP on the morning of May 10, 2005. After a reasonably short layover in Minneapolis, we were on our way to SFO. We’d never been there and were excited about getting to see such a beautiful city and the $98.00 r/t tickets didn’t hurt either! We had previously made arrangements with Super Shuttle (www.supershuttle.com) to pick up us from the airport (r/t cost was 60.00 for two people). The shuttles were lined up right outside the International/United Airlines check-in desk. We could have taken the B.A.R.T. train, but decided against it. We wanted to quickly get out of the airport and check into our hotel with the least amount of fuss as possible and given the price of our tickets, we felt it was ok to splurge.
We chose the Nob Hill Motor Inn at 1630 Pacific Avenue in the Russian Hill/Pacific Heights area due to its wonderful reviews on www.tripadvisor.com. We were very pleased with our room….it had two queen beds, a table with two chairs, free wi-fi, in-room coffee maker w/ coffee, several lamps, working a/c & heat, refrigerator, microwave, tv with cable/HBO, free parking, and the place was kept immaculately. We paid 94.00 a night for the first three nights and 114.00 on the last (Friday) night.
As always, after check-in, we take a moment to acclimate ourselves to the neighborhood. There are several restaurants, a Walgreen’s and even a hardware store (Cole’s) within two blocks of the hotel. After checking out a few of the local establishments, we decided to stop by Walgreen’s to buy a couple of things to stock the fridge up with. Later we decided to have a meal at the Tai Chi Restaurant, a half block away from the hotel on Polk Street. The food was tasty and reasonable about $9.00 per person for Entrée, rice, and drink. We headed back to the hotel to turn in at about 8 pm since we had an early pickup for our 3.5 hour San Francisco City Tour ($38.50) the next morning.READ MORE