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Old 10-29-2013, 02:14 PM   #181
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What a wonderful wonderful tour! I am SO doing those steps on our next trip. Although honestly, I might like it better in reverse...going up!
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Old 10-29-2013, 02:37 PM   #182
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Hm, Ellen, I wonder ........ are you doing this on purpose? I mean torturing me with all those awesome SF photos?

Okay, I just love all your pics. And I remember the sights you went too. We loved driving down Lombard Street - so fun and I remember the steps up to Coit Tower well. We DID walk them up and down. It was quite some workout.

And postcard row! Isn't that area ever so beautiful. I really need to dig for our photos - they look very much like yours.
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Old 10-29-2013, 09:15 PM   #183
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I spent a fabulous summer following the Grateful Dead and ended up in San Francisco. Good times on the Haight.


Nice update friend. Don't worry about being busy, that's the beautiful thing about the DiS, were all here when we've got time to catch up.
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Old 10-29-2013, 09:28 PM   #184
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Nice update friend. Don't worry about being busy, that's the beautiful thing about the DiS, were all here when we've got time to catch up.


Ellen, I've looked at the gorgeous pictures but haven't read yet. Can't wait to I have a clearer moment to take it all in.

It simply takes one away. So thank you.
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Old 10-29-2013, 11:55 PM   #185
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before I leave for the Rose Bowl & my SO CAL Adventure.......



I am living vicariously thru ya and ......


well..........


YA LEFT US HANGING!!!!!




Um.......we ALL MISS YA & Hope ya crank dis here bugger back up.

Hmmmmm.....have u been MONKEE KISSIN' AGAIN??? IS THAT THE REASON 4 THE DELAY??


Details!! We wanna details!!




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Old 10-30-2013, 04:37 AM   #186
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Totally Full House! I always thought that one of those were supposed to be the house they lived in...did I assume wrong?
We used to watch it all the time too and Michael and Paige loved it and called it the Michelle show.
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Old 10-30-2013, 09:31 AM   #187
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Wow! Sounds amazing! I'd love to see St. John someday.

It is a beautiful island that is nearly all Nat'l Park- TONS of hiking. They also have camping there.

Very nice. I've come to appreciate this view from watching Mythbusters.

Huh?




Watch out! It's a mad photo-bomber!

She WAS a mad photo-bomber! She was a little nuts!



Next you'll have to explain why Christopher Columbus would have a fire hose.

Duh....to put out the fire on the Santa Maria....



Yeah, I can see where going downhill would be more appealing.

word.



The beauty of the digital age is that you can take lots of pictures without worrying about using up film or development costs. The downside is that you can freely take 20 pictures of the same flower.

Which I will know the name to unless it's on a tree and is purple.

Awwk! Polly wants to eat your brains! Awwwk!

That's some light snackin' there-

Have Cynthia take you on the Koko Head hike sometime.

Did you just call me Koko Head again?




Dude...Know what would be cool? A statue of a fire hose, man...

DUDE!!! And we can like put like Christopher Columbus in front of it man...Cuz Chris had a HOSE, dude!



Looks like you got to see quite a bit! SF looks like a beautiful city.
It rocks! A great, great place!
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Old 10-30-2013, 09:46 AM   #188
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What a great tour. I never woukd have thought of hiring a guide, but I can see where his knowledge of the town helped you to squeeze in a lot in a very shirt time.

He had a lot of details I would not have otherwise known- it gave me the afternoon off from being the walking vacation encyclopedia/atlas I usually become, which was REALLY nice!

I woukd have freaked out going down those stairs, not sure I could do it.

It was very pretty- just the end sucked!

We have a flock of feral parrots here in Long Beach too they are really noisy. It's always 4:20 in HA, but April 20 is like a National Holiday there!
I have heard they are loud. And I forgot about April 20th!! Holgar drove us by the field where everyone hangs that day and told us all about it!

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All caught up! Your Dim Sum looks yummy!!!!!!!!!!!! But oh those little plates, bowls and steamers can add up fast.

Tummy wise AND wallet wise!

What a wonderful wonderful tour! I am SO doing those steps on our next trip. Although honestly, I might like it better in reverse...going up!
I figured you would say that! But have a look at this link- she says you should split the trip with the Greenwich Street Stairs- do one up, the other down- http://www.sisterbetty.org/stairways/filbertsteps.htm Although, if you look at the link for the Greenwich Steps it looks like that end part that freaked me out is a part of those, so maybe we were on both?


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Hm, Ellen, I wonder ........ are you doing this on purpose? I mean torturing me with all those awesome SF photos?

Yea- sorry- it is photography heaven in SF, isn't it?

Okay, I just love all your pics. And I remember the sights you went too. We loved driving down Lombard Street - so fun and I remember the steps up to Coit Tower well. We DID walk them up and down. It was quite some workout.

I am VERY impressed!!! We had thought we would be going up and down too- but glad it worked out this way instead! Thanks to that monkey!

And postcard row! Isn't that area ever so beautiful. I really need to dig for our photos - they look very much like yours.
HAHA- I have alot of the same pics from MY last trip, too! There are many many mandatory photo ops in SF, huh?
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Old 10-30-2013, 10:29 AM   #189
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I spent a fabulous summer following the Grateful Dead and ended up in San Francisco. Good times on the Haight.

And yet another reason to love you....


Nice update friend. Don't worry about being busy, that's the beautiful thing about the DiS, were all here when we've got time to catch up.
Thanks girlfriend- I appreciate that more than you can imagine!

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Ellen, I've looked at the gorgeous pictures but haven't read yet. Can't wait to I have a clearer moment to take it all in.

It simply takes one away. So thank you.
Thanks love- I am so honored you enjoy them!

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Totally Full House! I always thought that one of those were supposed to be the house they lived in...did I assume wrong?
We used to watch it all the time too and Michael and Paige loved it and called it the Michelle show.
Oh yeah- they definitely "lived" in one of those houses! It was a great show, and Michelle was too adorable!
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Old 10-30-2013, 07:50 PM   #190
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Just love this shot, Ellen.

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You know I love this one!

It's beautiful.


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Party of Five. That's what these say to me! Party of Five! It's like Charlie is barking about something any second.

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Pretty.

And I loved the tour, his and yours.

My niece is there for school, because I'm in my forties I can't even remember if I said that earlier , and loves it.

Such a joy to be able to tour the city with your family.

And that lady sitting down while you were taking a picture.

We have streetcars here, not like theirs - certainly not open . But I would lay my body down on a track if they even try to take them away.
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Old 10-31-2013, 12:10 AM   #191
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Yay! I'm caught up! Welcome Back from BVI!!! I'm sure you had a fabulous time as always!

I'm am so loving your SF tour! The Dim Sum looks so good - my mouth was watering! Still trying to find good Chinese food here - I think we came pretty close last week.

How cool that you found such a great tour guide! We did the same thing - drove down Lumbard and then our friend waited while we walked it and took some pics! You got some beautiful view pics! I just love the craftsman style homes and Victorian homes in the area! Just so cozy looking.

I remember hearing things about Haight Ashbury when I was a kid, but I thought it had something to do with Vietnam protests and hippies. The 4:20 is interesting.

Love the painted ladies - Fun pics!

Thank you for sharing! How is the Travel business going? Did you get to book a free trip yet?
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Old 10-31-2013, 06:45 AM   #192
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Just wanted to say CONGRATS on your weight loss!


Hey......2 u and the PODS -
It really means a lot to me - this lifestyle change & such.
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ANYWHO -
FINALLY GOT CAUGHT UP!!
Yer TR is really putting me in the mood for all things SO CAL -

(makes me wonder who is gonna get into the Rose Bowl)


Never been 2 both-
1st time visitor.


Just NOW there is 79 LESS pounds to me - WOO-HOO!!
(want 26 more off).





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Old 10-31-2013, 09:29 AM   #193
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Did you just call me Koko Head again?
Of course not. Just directing you to check out her TR chapter on a similar hike. Since you loved those stairs so much.
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I forgot to ask about the photo bomb lady - did she say anything, or just jump in with a big smile on her face?
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After out tour, we were having dinner in North Beach, SF's Little Italy. This area is (also) FILLED with restaurants, and (also) many are very touristy- this is similar to our own Little Italy in NYC. But I kept seeing great reviews for this one, it was a bargain price-wise compared to many other SF restaurants, and the killer was- Yelp had soooo much food porn that I was drooling over that I HAD to go!

Funny thing is, it is VERY siomilar to the restaurant we ate at the previous night- but that's fine, we love seafood, and we love italian!





Tonight's fishies-



Upstairs, this is a small restaurant with a counter that you can watch the kitchen etc from-



WE, however, would be dining downstairs- in a maze of dining rooms below ground.



How CRAZY was it that we were seated in this room, with all the baseball memorabilia everywhere!



All that stuff on the walls was the real deal- my boys (all three) LOVED it!

The menu-



AND...what's for dessert-



Yea, that's right- no dessert at Sotto Mare. They are focused on the seafood here! To start, we shared some apps again- clams and oysters on the half shell-



Crab Louis-



Hungry for more-



That was all fresh and yummy, although we wished that Crab Louis was a bit more. Between this and our main courses, we had fun checking out all the stuff-





Then it was time for PASTA!!! We all ordered the same thing- 2 of us white, and 2 of us red, Linguine with Seafood ~ chef’s choice 17.00 White-



Red-



It is supposed to be whatever the chef decides to throw in that day- which to me means they won't get complaints if someone gets shrimp and someone else doesn't, lol. Ours had shrimp, clams, mussels, and calamari. It was yummo. But I REALLY wish that someone had ordered the Cioppino- but no one was up for the mess of it. Anyway, the pasta hit the spot after a long and busy day. Timmy continued to eat whatever was placed in front of him-





No idea, lol-



Dinner was good, and the baseball room was a big, unexpected bonus. We asked the server to call us a cab, and soon we were back to the Hyatt. Right outside our hotel-



It was still kind of early, so the boys went back to the room, while Pods and I made a little trip across the street to check out what was inside the Ferry Building on a Wednesday night-



For the record, this place is HOPPIN during the day, especially when there is a farmer's mkt going on outside. So most businesses were closed at this point of the day-



But there was one business in particular that we were going to visit, and that place was happenin-



A little wine shop with a nice size tasting/drinking bar. I LOVE the Ferry Building!!!



Today's Specials-



Yea...I could spend some time here! But tonight, it was just a small glass or 2 for each of us before we headed home-




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