The Parker House San Francisco

by Joanne on March 6, 2012

We did get to San Francisco but not without incident.  Our first flight was delayed 1 1/2 hours. Our second flight was delayed 1 hour due to airplane lavatory failure (we’re kind of glad they fixed that before leaving for a 4 hour flight).  When we arrived at San Francisco, the airplane gate operator could not be found and we spent another 25 minutes locked in a plane that just kept getting hotter.  But we made it and enjoyed a nice meal of Thai cuisine our first night in the fog city. I was so hungry and tired, photos were out of the question but it was good and the neighborhood we were in, The Castro District, was …. well…. interesting. 

At approximately 5:25 am, there was a 4.0 earthquake.  We were in bed an just looked at each other. “What was that?”   “I thought it was you"  “It wasn’t me. Maybe it was a train.”  “It wasn’t a train, there was no other noise. It was probably someone trying to get in or out downstairs.”    Forgotten…until breakfast when the B&B manager asked if it woke us up.   We thought it was just too cool.  An earthquake!  That’s just SOOO San Francisco.  Open-mouthed smile

We did get some exercise in before breakfast.  We walked 2 miles to the  Golden Gate Park where I had originally intended to run.  Instead, we kept walking and exploring until we came to the old Kezar Stadium with a beautiful big track.  I did a couple of easy paced miles around before my hands were about to freeze off.  In total, with the walking, I got in 6.7 miles.  As for the rest of the week, I’m taking it easy. There’s a little hip and hamstring pain going on so a couple days rest then I may hop on a treadmill somewhere for some speed work.  Any long run is doubtful until we get home.

The Parker House.

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We are staying at The Parker House 521 Church Street in San Francisco. 

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It’s beautiful and the staff is never seen without a smile. They offer the best toiletries!

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Terra Pure Organic and Natural.  It felt so good on my hair and body… I could have stayed in the tub all day. But there were places to go and more things to eat…

We made our way on the F Line to Fisherman’s Wharf

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A little shopping…

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The sea lions

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A little bit of “We’re so happy to be here”…

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Alcatraz

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Window shopping and smelling the sourdough bread baking at Boudin

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Lunch at Alioto’s

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Pinot Noir and sour dough bread

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Field green salad with blue cheese crumbles

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Seafood stew, warming and delicious

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On to Ghirardelli for chocolate heaven

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A FREE caramel chocolate just for walking into the store!

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We didn’t leave empty handed. We bought a good stash of assorted chocolate and bars to satisfy our cravings for days…weeks to come.

We had a wonderful day at the Wharf. It was cool and windy which was a good excuse for me to buy a bamboo scarf.  Since the sun was shining and my sunglasses were in the Denali at Syracuse airport, there was my excuse to buy a new pair of Ray Bans.  As I said, what a great day at Fisherman’s Wharf.

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Dinner at Jake’s on Market

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The beet salad with goat’s milk cheese

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A rolled sole stuffed with crab and shrimp on top of sautéed water spinach

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What a day. What a city.

Tomorrow we leave for Fresno but probably not the direct route.  Stay tuned for more California travels.

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5 Comments

  • At 2012.03.06 04:52, Sophie @ Love Live & Learn said:

    This all looks like the most wonderful trip! I would have been so nervous after the earthquake, I’ve never felt one before. Your hotel sounds just lovely.

    I wouldn’t have been able to resist the sourdough bread, I love the smell of bread baking! I definitely wouldn’t have been able to resist all of that chocolate either!! Your meals look delicious, I particularly like the look of the rolled sole stuffed with crab and shrimp 🙂

    Enjoy your travels!

    • At 2012.03.06 10:06, Julie said:

      Such a nice and wonderful place! I wish I ever had the chance to get there. I’ve never been in SF yet. Although that earthquake must have been really scary, I can’t picture myself what would I do in a situation like that.

      • At 2012.03.06 12:09, Nancy Jean said:

        OHMIGOD, i have to try to remember not to look at your blog right before lunch! Oh, my stomach is growling something fierce. The food looks amazing, especially the bread @ Boudin and the rolled sole. Absolutely love the close-up photo of you & Ted – – you look so well & happy! What fun, you’ve “survived” an earthquake and I do so enjoy looking at the pics of the sea lions – they’re wonderful.
        Hope the rest of the trip is as wonderful as this first full day! Can’t wait for more pics

        • At 2012.03.06 14:12, Girlie said:

          Holy cow… that foood looks so amazing. You’ve convinced me! I am heading to San Fran as soon as possible. 🙂 Hahaha.

          • At 2012.03.07 15:16, Heather said:

            You both look so happy!!!!
            Can’t wait for more updates – the pictures are beautiful!

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