Sunday, March 25, 2007

Roadblogging: San Francisco Sat/Sun

Spring vacation is here again and so we packed our bags, and we are taking the Snabulus show on the road.

To defeat the rush, we arrived at the airport on Saturday 3 hours early. Though the terminal was packed, we needn't have hurried because the Portland TSA folks are on the ball. We have the most professional and best-run security of any airport I've been to.

After arriving, we took a cab to the hotel (for 4 people, one cab fare is cheaper than 4 shuttle fares and a lot less hassle. We checked in at the Carlton Hotel and got settled in.

We did a little shopping and ate at an excellent place called Brick. Their hamachi sashimi is a treat; not just pieces of fish but something much tastier.

On Sunday, we took the Geary St bus and had an exquisite brunch at the Cliff House overlooking the Pacific Ocean. We took a gander at the postmodern St. Mary's Cathedral and ran around Japan Center. Dinner at Lori's Diner was passably good and much less expensive than the first two places.

Herer are a few cell phone pictures for your amusement...




Hopping aboard a Canadian Regional 700. All seats are aisle or window ;).



Here is the Pacific Ocean. The area below was, at one time, a large oceanside bath house. Now it is a replanting project.




St. Mary's Cathedral.



This is the centerpiece of the Japan Peace Plaza.



Watch out Starbucks! Cafe Bean could put the hurt on you.



Minisnab curls up with a book at Borders books.

6 comments:

Pandabonium said...

Glad you are having a great time. Brings back fond memories of a trip to SF we made in early 2004. Great city.

The Moody Minstrel said...

Arrrrggghhhh...I have terrible memories of San Francisco airport. Waiting for ages in a long, long, slow-moving line to get to airport security only to have a foul-mouthed jerk of an officer make me drop my pants in front of everyone because the dry cleaners had put foil on an inside button...

I'll be flying in via Portland from now on, thanks...

Pa've said...

I have been to San Francisco a couple of times to visit. Its a nice town, but I wouldn't want to live there, too hilly.

I have also been at their airport, and I don't like their terminal one bit. Ugh!

Swinebread said...

San Fran. is a great place to visit even an extened visit but way too expensive to live...

Hope you get some sun!

Dean Wormer said...

Get some dim sum while you're there, will ya?

Beware of Alcatraz! It's haunted and terrorists love to stash chemical missiles there while they with which they blackmail the U.S.

You guys look like you're having a ball.

Don Snabulus said...

I missed out on the Dim Sum, but not the "too hilly" part or the expensive part.