Friday, January 02, 2009

A grown up night out...

For Christmas, I got Brian tickets to see Phantom of the Opera in San Francisco. Tuesday, we drove up, just the two of us!

There was a weird mix up at the hotel when we went to check in. There was a reservation for a Brian Bernard (same last name). Brian insisted that he middle name is not Bernard, but there was not another reservation under his name. So we took this one. There was a not in the computer that there was a gift bag for this reservation. We looked at each other. Maybe this was not our reservation. The guy brought the bag and asked if I wanted to look in it; so I did.

Well, this bag was definitely for me! Inside, there was a bag of chips, a jar of salsa, some dark chocolate cookies and mini margaritas. (Cue the music...these are a few of my favorite things) There was also a note from my friend Nora welcoming us to San Francisco. What a thoughtful idea. Thanks Nora!

First things first, we put a couple of margaritas on ice.
Then we decided to walk to union square and browse since we had a couple of hours before our show. This is union square from the window of Macy's
Who knew there was an outdoor skating rink in union square in San Francisco? I didn't. There is just something not right about an outdoor rink surrounded by palm trees!
Beyond union square, there was this hill... We wondered what was at the top of the hill. Well, there was only way to find out. So we climbed the hill, er mountain. You know you are climbing a steep road when they build steps into the sidewalk AND the cars are parked at a 90 degree angle instead of 45 to keep them from rolling down the hill.
Union square is down there somewhere, WAY down there!
At the top of the hill? More big buildings. This is Grace Cathedral. It's a pretty church, but worth the climb up the mountain? Not so sure. And no, I didn't climb the steps to the door.
I thought this was cute. Notice the itty-bitty three story building in between the skyscrapers?
We walked a few blocks along the top of the mountain and started downward on another street. This is what I expected San Francisco to look like.
Had to get a photo of the cable car with the Phantom ad.
And the theater.
Cheers to Nora!

Unfortunately, I caught some stomach bug and woke up the next morning feeling miserable. We had planned to meet up with Nora and explore the Academy of Science. Sorry we missed that, maybe next time. Instead, I stayed in bed as long as possible, then we came home.

I went to bed early and Brian woke me up in time to have cider with the kids. What a way to ring in the new year. It can only get better, right?


jrmiller2 said...

So great that you had a good time! I am sorry you got sick time for the science museum. The kids'll love it. Inside Grace Cathedral, there's a beautiful prayer "walk" that's a kind of maze. very neat, but tough climb up that hill!

Karah said...

Awww, yay for Nora! Love your pics - I haven't been to San Fran is SOOOO long - I'd love to go back :)

M, Ms. R, Mom, Auntie M, Marey said...

Great pics of The City! I hate parking on those hills because the doors of the car inevitably fall against the next car and DENT it!

Sounds like you had fun until the "bug," hit....I have a headcold I am pretending I don't have....back to work tomorrow....uh!

sportzmom said...

I love San Francisco! How nice to have some time away-sorry to hear that it ended with you getting sick. How was Phantom of the Opera? My husband and I are going to New York this weekend to see Jersey Boys. I can't wait to have some time away! Hope you're feeling better and that no one else in your house has it now.

Coachblogger said...

Thank you so much for the comment the other day... it made my day to see someone other than a relative on my blog. I have two brothers who live in San Francisco and really enjoy spending time there.