Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Urban {romantic} Getaway

Well, Ed and I had the opportunity to go to San Francisco this past weekend with some friends. Our main objective was to see "Wicked" and all I can say is that it was wicked good! It is my favorite Broadway show now. "Les Miserables" is #2 and "Mamma Mia" is #3. I need to add some more shows to my list!

On Saturday morning after having a yummy pastry at Eppler's, we walked around Chinatown. What an amazing experience! I hve traveled quite a bit, but never seen anything like Chinatown. We had a yummy lunch at the Potsticker Restaurant and we shopped heartily in the many tiny stores.

After taking our purchases back to the Westin, we took a taxi to Pier 39. We took a ferry ride out under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz. It wasn't raining, exactly. . .more like a heavy mist. Ro and I got curly hair.

We ate dinner at the Sea Lion Cafe (where they have cheap straws. . .LOL) and then had a bucket of mini donuts in the taxi on the way back to the hotel. Then we had about an hour to get ready to see "Wicked." I really can't say enough good about the show even though we had the standbys performing. The woman who sang Galinda went flat a few times, but Elphaba was excellent.

On Sunday we toured the city on a double decker bus with an open top. We had to sit up top, of course! It was chilly driving around the city, but we just about froze to death and got blown away crossing the Golden Gate Bridge! That was crazy!!! After a wonderful lunch at Boudin in the Fisherman's Pier area, we had to head to the airport.

I really enjoyed the urban feel of the city. I can only really compare it to NYC. Every other city that I have been to seems tame in comparison. I was surprised how many people were out walking their dogs and how much green space there was in the urban parks. I think I could be an urban dweller for a year or so. . . Anyway, it was nice to get away without the kids for a couple of days- even though we missed having them share the excitement with us! It was a wonderful adventure.


Jenny S said...

Awesome!! Jason and I are celebrating 10 years this year and I might get to go out to eat!!! hehehe!! San Fran would be so cool!

Britanee and Brian Walker said...

It's one of my many goals to see "Wicked" I can't wait and you are so very lucky!

Joan said...

Wayne and I just decided one day to take off and go to Californiaa few years ago. We had no reservations, no plans etc. We had a ball and toured S.F. but we ended up paying the city a nice little dividend because we had to cross GG Bridge so often when we got lost. Oh, memories. I came home with a Christmas ornament and Ghiardelli (sp?) chocolate. Next time I will see a play too.

Taylor Clan said...

Did you stay at the Westin on Marketplace? We're going in June for a short weekend trip. I need HELP! Email me with hints!