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Old 01-07-2013, 05:31 AM   #826
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You should rename your TR "Ambles and Rambles"

PIO, you have an uncanny ability to find the most wonderfully unique places such as the Musee Mecanique and Donnelly Chocolate Store. In addition, I thoroughly enjoy your engaging writing style from the poetic Travelling Public to the humorous Johnathon Livingstone Seagull. All this alongside the visual delights of your photography.
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:54 AM   #827
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Hi! I've been in and out. Have I missed the Disney Museum?

I'm enjoying your pictures! I have bought a new camera since I saw yours. It's a Canon like yours but, I got a Rebel Ti3. Now I need to go back to Disney!!
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:37 AM   #828
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I missed a lot during my weekend at the Sac Anime. Glad that you were able to go to Fisherman's Wharf at SF during your NorCal trip. Very nice pictures of the Dungeness crab since that time of the year was the season of crabbing. My dad does crabbing in November/December for Dungeness crab and I went crabbing at Bodega Bay with him just a couple of days before our DISmeet. Bodega Bay is about 40 miles northwest of SF.

Nice to see that you were able to go to Ghirardelli's during your trip and great photos from inside the museum.

Very nice update.
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I'm really enjoying checking out all the sights you've seen in San Francisco - it's giving me heaps of inspiration for our trip in 2014
2014? That's a whole year away!

But then I know what you're doing and where you're going this year.



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You should rename your TR "Ambles and Rambles"

PIO, you have an uncanny ability to find the most wonderfully unique places such as the Musee Mecanique and Donnelly Chocolate Store. In addition, I thoroughly enjoy your engaging writing style from the poetic Travelling Public to the humorous Johnathon Livingstone Seagull. All this alongside the visual delights of your photography.
Ambles and Rambles??? Having I been rambling too much?

(I've really tried to keep it brief....I really have!)

I think those unique places find me more than anything else. I just head in a general direction and see what pops up in front of me. I'm a firm believer in the fact that there is always something interesting to see wherever you go!

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Hi! I've been in and out. Have I missed the Disney Museum?

I'm enjoying your pictures! I have bought a new camera since I saw yours. It's a Canon like yours but, I got a Rebel Ti3. Now I need to go back to Disney!!
Denise! Congratulations! The T3i? Really? That's a good camera. Are you enjoying it?
And if you're planning a trip to Disney, 2 - 8 October 2013 at WDW is a GREAT time.



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I missed a lot during my weekend at the Sac Anime. Glad that you were able to go to Fisherman's Wharf at SF during your NorCal trip. Very nice pictures of the Dungeness crab since that time of the year was the season of crabbing. My dad does crabbing in November/December for Dungeness crab and I went crabbing at Bodega Bay with him just a couple of days before our DISmeet. Bodega Bay is about 40 miles northwest of SF.

Nice to see that you were able to go to Ghirardelli's during your trip and great photos from inside the museum.

Very nice update.
Another reason why I like going to SF in November is for Dungeness crab.

How lucky that you get to go crabbing with your dad. Did you catch anything? Is Bodega Bay nice? I haven't been there.
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Another reason why I like going to SF in November is for Dungeness crab.

How lucky that you get to go crabbing with your dad. Did you catch anything? Is Bodega Bay nice? I haven't been there.
Going around the Bay Area around that time of the year is great to go and get fresh Dungeness crab.

My dad has been crabbing for years and he is not one of those big commercial fisherman. He has a fishing boat and sets up crab pots out at the ocean. We catch our limit which is 10 per person with a fishing license. Bodega Bay is a very nice little town that is close to a fishing port.
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Going around the Bay Area around that time of the year is great to go and get fresh Dungeness crab.

My dad has been crabbing for years and he is not one of those big commercial fisherman. He has a fishing boat and sets up crab pots out at the ocean. We catch our limit which is 10 per person with a fishing license. Bodega Bay is a very nice little town that is close to a fishing port.
Thanks. I'll have to definitely think about checking it out if I'm ever north of San Francisco. 10 crabs per licensed person is a lot!
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A San Francisco Icon – Trolley Ride




I had never really intended to hit Fisherman’s Wharf today and it was that quirk of traffic that resulted in me spending the morning here. In the end, I was really glad that things ended up the way they did but it was definitely time to go.

I had intended to spend the day shopping in the downtown area so I decided to put the day back on track.

There really was only way I considered getting back to Union Square. In all the visits that I’ve made to this city, there have only been two trips where I’ve not gotten on that quintessential iconic transport mode that screams San Francisco. In both those instants, I’ve regretted the decision and if nothing else, I rarely make the same mistake three times.



The random acts of kindness….






I got to the turnaround at Hyde Street and there was a trolley boarding. I asked to wait for the next trolley, which really was right behind. The crowd controller told me to just get on the half full trolley. I wasn’t really happy about this and started to make my way to the trolley when the Gripman, who had heard my request, stopped me and told the controller to let me wait.


A simple request….and a simple act of kindness….meant that I could get my favourite seat on the trolley……






….the one right in front on the inside track…..where I get to click to my heart’s content.












I had hoped for a clear view of Coit Tower; but that position is also very popular with the people standing. And for those interested, this is the stop by Lombard Street, the crookedest street in the world.







I like the trolley ride all those hills and streets of San Francisco make it a treat to experience ups….






…and downs.







The Hyde-Powell trolleys are the ones that most tourists take. But should you want a more genteel ride, I highly recommend the one that goes along California Street. It is never as crowded as the one I’m currently on.









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Tipping the Shopping Scales



Before long, I was at my destination and there were no more photos from the rest of my afternoon.


I was too busy doing some serious fixing of the American economy.


If anyone was counting the days and dates, today was Tuesday....election day. And there were Election Day sales on. I got to Union Square and just headed into Macys. First stop was the Visitor Centre on the 6th Floor where I picked up my 10% Visitor Shopping card. This is a card offered to international visitors (proof of address is required by way of an official photo i.d. such as your passport or Drivers Licence) and is valid at any Macys store for 30 days. The discount is available for most items; some exclusions apply. I understand that a similar card is available for domestic visitors; except it is valid for 3 days.



Coupled with the 20% Election Day sales; and the discount from the Macy's Visitor Shopping Pass, I was up for at least 25% discount for most items in a traditional non-sale period!


I spent the rest of my time on Level 4 of Macys. Womans fashion. Two of the workers there took a liking to me and I ended up having my own personal shopper experience for over 2 ½ hours. Im pretty sure they had a great time spending my money. I know I did.


The two workers also weaved some additional cash register magic for me. I'm pretty sure that for some of the items I got, I ended up with a 30 - 40% discount. Another simple, random act of kindness.


Thus far, Id been out-shopped by my DH. But after this afternoon, I left him completely in the dust.







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More International Cuisine – Italian





Dinner tonight was with more of DH’s work colleagues. I had thought to stay in town and let him go by himself; except that tonight’s dinner was with his manager, his American team and with an ex-colleague that we hadn’t seen for a while.

I made it back in time to pick up something from the hotel Happy Hour. Beef tacos.






DH’s colleagues picked the location for dinner tonight and we were heading towards an Italian place. I needed to watch my porn exposure tonight…...there were a number of strangers that I hadn’t met before. More the point; there were a number of people that didn’t know about my porn fetish; so I kept it clean.

The homemade bread was straight out of the pizza oven.






The dip was interesting……a red oil dip. I never figured out what they added in but it was a delicious combination with the bread.






DH got a vegetarian pizza.






And after hankering for it for so many mornings now, I got me some bacon! It came with the value-added shrimp and vegetables….a little overcooked for my tastes but not overly so.






We spent the majority of the night with DH’s colleagues and called it a night afterwards. Afterall, I had a big day to look forward to the next day…..another DisMeet coming up!






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Another great day! We walked a fair way along that trolley route - I recognise heaps!

Glad to hear you finally out-shopped DH
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Ambles and Rambles??? Having I been rambling too much?

(I've really tried to keep it brief....I really have!)

I think those unique places find me more than anything else. I just head in a general direction and see what pops up in front of me. I'm a firm believer in the fact that there is always something interesting to see wherever you go!

Thanks!
I'm sure she meant ramble in a good way. I think your narratives are great! Keep it up! Did I miss the Disney Museum? Love the food pictures!!
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:16 PM   #837
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Somehow I missed the Fisherman's Wharf update. We need to make a point to go eat down there again. I'll have to find that olace you went last time.

Glad you finally outshopped your DH!
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Ooh, you have whet my appetite to see San Fran again! Amazing photography! And great descriptions of everything! (and now I am craving beef tacos - thanks!!! )
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Glad to hear you finally out-shopped DH
Outshopped, outspent, outlasted!



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I'm sure she meant ramble in a good way. I think your narratives are great! Keep it up! Did I miss the Disney Museum? Love the food pictures!!
Thanks Denise. Really appreciate the feedback. The DisMeet was at the Disney museum. That's still to come.


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Glad you finally outshopped your DH!
I think you were digging out a dining table instead.

Yes, Scoma's. I really enjoyed the food there and have to thank skier_pete for the recommendation.



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Ooh, you have whet my appetite to see San Fran again! Amazing photography! And great descriptions of everything! (and now I am craving beef tacos - thanks!!! )
Thanks for posting and commenting on my TR, Kristin. Really appreciate you doing so.

I love San Francisco. Such a great place to visit and they have quite a range of food there. Hope you make it out to that city again.
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Great porn even on the sly.

I love SF. Nice photos. Love the ones of the trolleys.

Before i asked if you framed your photos and you seemed surprised. You really take nice pictures. I'd frame them if it were me. We have canvased a few of Michael's. I love displaying photos that we took.
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