We arrived home this morning at about 1 am after almost a week in San Francisco. First, I have to mention our flights out and back. Last Saturday morning we’re in the plane on the runway for takeoff and the pilot drives back to where we boarded and tells us that on the way to the runway he accidentally drove through a snow pile and just wants to make sure everything is okay. And then 10 minutes later comes back and tells us he’s completely ruined the engine and they’ll have to find us another plane. Seriously, shouldn’t a 737 be able to handle a little snow? We switched planes and it was all good. Then on the way back we were in the plane and a light came on, didn’t come on, whatever, and we had to get off the plane and wait. And wait. Four hours later we were good to go. During that time we were able to meet a wonderful family Noel and Maura and their two kids Will and Ellie. They made the wait easier to take. So my advice? If you need to get someplace on time don’t fly with us!
We stayed at The Palace downtown…
Jason’s conference was being held here and it is beautiful hotel. Our taxi driver from the airport told us that we came just in time for the Chinese New Year parade that evening. This is second only to the one in China (so the local news told us) and lasted a long time. I can’t remember the last time I saw a parade…
We took the required trip to Alcatraz and learned so much about it’s history. I didn’t know (or remember) that it had only been in use as a prison for 30 years.
The ferry ride there was only 10 minutes and provided some lovely views of the city.
I had my fish ‘n chips at Fisherman’s Wharf, hiked up the hill to Coit Tower, overworked my short legs through the hills od Nob Hill & Russian Hill, saw the famous painted houses and spent quite a bit of time in Chinatown. I went to the Fortune Cookie Factory where I saw the women making the fortune cookies and had some fresh off the line. I love fortune cookies so I brought a big bag home.
I spent Monday at Golden Gate Park and my favorite place on this trip was there. I loved the Japanese Tea Garden. It is peaceful and beautiful and I could have spent all day there with my camera and book.
There was a wonderful tea house near the entrance where I stopped on my way out for a nice cup of jasmine tea.
So, there you have it. A wonderful week in beautiful San Francisco. I was unconnected all week long. Not one email or blog or website. I’m feeling refreshed. Even if I am looking outside my window at huge mounds of snow.
Jason & I will be heading out to San Francisco for a mini vacation next week and we’ll be there six days. Well, okay, Jason will be working a lot of the time, but I’ll be busy exploring. We’ve both been there once. I was there for a few days in 1994 mainly to visit friends and Jason was there for a few days of work a few years ago, but didn’t get to see much.
So, I’m planning our trip and I’m wondering if any of you have a favorite place or activity that you think we should see. Or maybe a bookstore I shouldn’t miss? I’d love some recommendations!
Book 1 in the Sarah Woolson series
Despite claims to the contrary – some, I fear, voiced by members of my own family – I pride myself on being an honest woman. As a matter of principle, I hold dissimulation of any kind in contempt. That said, I probably should add that I also subscribe to the old adage “God helps those who help themselves,” even if this sometimes entails being economical with the truth.
First paragraph of the book
Sarah Woolson is a strong young woman living in a time when strong women were frowned upon. It’s 1880 and she has managed to get an interview with a leading law firm, but she is promptly shown the door because of her sex. Not willing to step aside she steals a client and the firm takes her in to save face. Now she must travel around San Francisco trying to prove her client innocent of murdering her rich husband and one of his powerful friends.
Sarah is take no prisoners kind of gal and this really irks the lawyer who is assigned to following/helping her with the case. And her brothers prove helpful as does her judge father. She is not afraid of getting her hands dirty, but her mind is her best asset. There is a lot to like about Sarah.
The mystery was good. I didn’t figure it out until right before Sarah did and it was a satisfying ending. The family was a warm and fun and accepting of Sarah, well except for one brother running for California Senator, and I look forward to learning more about them as Sarah continues her adventures in the next book.
This did remind me of the Deadly series by Brenda Joyce if you are a fan. Not any romance in this one, but I do see potential.
This was a library copy.