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Old 02-20-2013, 09:00 PM   #931
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An Amazing Collection




I found a staircase at this point and headed on upstairs. Seems like that was where his patrol boundary lay afterall!







He had been reasonably decent company; but I was glad to be able to wander through the gallery by myself.

Anyone else notice that this was an amazing art collection?






It might be a small Art Centre; but the collection was priceless and beautiful beyond belief.






I ran into my second security detail upstairs. And contrary to appearances, she was a lot more relaxed!






She insisted on showing me her picture and posed for me as well. That is her in that exhibit on the wall. The photographer had gone round to the major galleries in the world and taken pictures of the guards guarding the treasures. She was incredibly honoured to have been selected.



I found the scene of her picture a couple of rooms away….






Yup. It definitely needed that human touch and I figured she had it in spades.




I thanked her for sharing time with me and moved on to the modern section. I guess by this stage, I was feeling a little more off-ball than normal.






What can I say.....small things amuse small minds???








I'd come full circle in the museum and it was getting very close to time for us to head home.













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Old 02-20-2013, 09:11 PM   #933
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The end of my time at Stanford and San Francisco




I was down to mere hours left on this trip and was experiencing that bittersweet moment that comes at the end of all trips.

On one hand, I was ready to head home and see DS and my furbabies. I had really missed having my coffee buddy along on this trip; but I had enjoyed the freedom of staying as long or as short as I wanted at each location.

On the other hand, this part of the world is the home of my heart. With each trip I constantly wonder why we don't move here; and then I get home and realise what I love about living in Melbourne so much.



Anyway.....I wasn't quite ready to depart yet and I figured I was going to steal some more time and make DH wait a little bit.


I was after a final view of Stanford.





This really is a beautiful campus. That vista of the Main Quad, Memorial Church and Hoover Tower is just gorgeous and I couldn't resist getting another glimpse of this area.






I walked up towards the Main Quad....






.....and looked down the corridors where so many scholars have walked before. The likes of Herbert Hoover, John Steinbeck, John F Kennedy and even Tiger Woods might have walked down here before.






The life size Burghers of Calais are located in the Main Quad. Priceless!






And the amazingly decorated façade of Memorial Hall deserved more than a cursory glance as well.






With twilight fast approaching and my phone ringing to let me know that DH was looking for me, it was definitely time for me to call an end to this Mad Dash.






There's really not much more to this trip. DH and I stopped by WholeFoods on the way to the airport for a bite to eat.






We dropped off our hire car at the airport and I realised that I hadn't taken a picture of my wheels at all on this trip until now.






It's always a reassuring sight to see a plane waiting at our gate; even if it is United Airlines.







We had a rather uneventful trip home. And just like how I had started out my trip on United, I didn't get any sleep on the plane, no inflight entertainment and even worse....the food was almost inedible. We had burnt food on one side of the tray and cold on the other.



Having said that, there was one thing about the United service that I valued more than anything else....we did get home on time and safely.







And with that, this brings a close to yet another Mad Dash trip and I've enjoyed reliving it through this trip report. If you've made it this far and stayed the entire journey, I thank you for the privilege of being able to share it with you.


For those of you that are repeat followers or lurkers, I am well over the post-holiday blues. Afterall, I have another trip in the works....and for those of you even more insane than my Mad Dashes.....er.....follow my reports, I hope to see you on the blog....er....PTR, link here.


My trip? This one involves 2 days at DLR, a roadtrip in search of Canyons and multi-coloured rocks, 7 days at WDW and some Mickey cheating with Harry time at the end. I'll be back in the US in September/October 2013.


Thank you for reading.







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Old 02-20-2013, 09:21 PM   #934
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A lovely end to a wonderful trip report. The Stanford campus is beautiful.
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:12 PM   #935
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Very nice pictures from Stanford.

Thank you for writing your trip report with a lot of different things that you have done during your trip. All of your photos and details of each different towns and scenes that you have took are so amazing.
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:03 AM   #936
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So who did this one? It's pretty cool.




Somehow I missed the update with all the Rodins. Looks like a very nice last day. I'm glad you made it home safely even if United was a lousy flight.

I can't wait until you get back!
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Old 02-23-2013, 02:56 PM   #938
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A lovely end to a wonderful trip report. The Stanford campus is beautiful.
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Very nice pictures from Stanford.

Thank you for writing your trip report with a lot of different things that you have done during your trip. All of your photos and details of each different towns and scenes that you have took are so amazing.
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Somehow I missed the update with all the Rodins. Looks like a very nice last day. I'm glad you made it home safely even if United was a lousy flight.

I can't wait until you get back!
Alison - I'm not really sure. I know I looked at it but I don't remember who the artist is.

I can't wait til September myself.
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Thanks for sharing PIO - your TRs are always an entertaining read
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What a wonderful way to finish your trip. I'll catch you on your PTR.
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Just finished the mall update. The Melt and mango mousse? Heavenly. Mac n cheese inside a grilled cheese? Genius!
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That mac n cheese sandwich was heavenly!

You'll be finished this TR soon.
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Great last update. Your photos are amazing as usual and your report was a pleasure to read. Can't wait for your next report.

Stanford is such a beautiful campus. That's one of Joshua's top three picks. He's 11.
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