this was the big day. we bundled up and prepared for a full day away from our cozy hotel to venture into "the city." i had been looking forward to this day since my dad came home from business trips and brought us treasures from chinatown and san francisco. but i never imagined it would be THIS fantastic.
fresh off the boat and landed on pier 39 (actually we landed on pier 41, but pier 39 is where all the fun is at.)
the candy baron. should be called the poison factory- you'll buy so much delicious, sugary treats you'll get sick on sugar for a month. needless to say, it was glorious!
and my, oh, my this soup is delicious. I did tease our waitress about wanting a bigger bowl, though. I believe this one was made especially for a giant. or the seven dwarfs if they shared.
"correct me if i'm wrong, ed, but diversity, I believe, is an old, old wooden ship from the civil war era." ladies and gentlemen, i present "diversity."
this was a sight to behold. some gent with a foreign accent (can't tell where he was from) was having his tour -which travels by land and sea, if you couldn't guess- blow these duck whistles on que. lord knows why, but barry, thanks for taking us on mr. toad's tours instead. and, no, we didn't have to croak like frogs.
that's entertainment! broadway like you've never (or at least i've never) seen it before -it's all grown up and going to the frat house!
one of the houses featured in the film mrs. doubtfire. the irish lads on our tour were a heck of a lot more excited about this than seeing the golden gate bridge.
the anatomically correct robot guarding a home in one of the insanely expensive areas of town. Oh, wait- that's everywhere! Silly me.
the end of our tour! a fully restored 1924 roaster bus and a terrific tour guide named rebecca -or meredith, depending on who you ask :)
the gate to chinatown -which contains the highest concentration of chinese in the world besides mainland china.
gold stars to the in-laws who watched wilder while i spent nearly an hour looking in one tiny store.
to kill an hour we swaggered into sinbad's and grabbed a pint. of course we met some interesting characters -namely a retired fbi agent who unabashedly shared his life story and recommendations on site-seeing, politics and life in general.
the day finished off with an insanely delicious meal at scott's restaurant right by our hotel. i still am dreaming about all that fresh seafood we devoured. my, oh, my was this a wonderful day! THANK YOU, BETTY AND BARRY, SOOOOO MUCH!