We then went and set up Heather's vendor area and once that was done it was time to go to the Westfield Mall, a big, beautiful mall where she had made a spa appointment. (NOTE: This link is worth a visit just to hear the voice and dialog of the video that opens up. But on a more serious note, it ends beautifully with shots of this dome). I had thought I would just wander around the mall while she was doing that but I ended up staying in the waiting area of the spa because it was so nice and peaceful. Afterwards, we ate at a nice little spot in an open area of the mall under a huge dome. The food was great, it was happy hour which meant a large glass of wine for $5(!!), and we were real pleased with it.
This was a Japanese restaurant right across from our little cafe. I've read and recently saw a video about making noodles by twirling them around in the air and stretching them into long, long ropes of dough and that's exactly what this guy is doing. Pretty fantastic! So that was pretty much it for Thursday - we went back to the hotel and rented a movie which turned out to be horrifyingly stupid so rented another one, enjoyed that, and went to bed.
Friday I was on my own and I had spent time Thursday figuring out a trek that would end up with the Golden Gate Bridge. I walked from the hotel to Union Square (only 2 or 3 blocks) and they were getting the park area all set up for some big marathon so I walked on to the gate into Chinatown - I didn't want to spend time investigating Chinatown itself cause I had a long ways to go yet, but I got a picture of the gate and had a nice visit with a young man who wanted me to take his picture in front of the gate.
My next journey was over to Powell Street where I would catch a cable car and that would take me to the bay area. Had my first uphill climb here and thought "hmmm....the legs aren't what they used to be." Reached my destination and after my first two attempts to get on one, learned that you wait at the very corner - not at the cable car stop sign - and when they stop, you go out into the road and board them (they're in the middle of the road). Although just because they stop, doesn't mean you necessarily can board them. The first two times I made my attempt, they stopped but I was waved away because they were full. So I waited there while two more full ones passed me and decided okay, I'm going down to the stop before this one! Did that, waited through two more full ones, went back down yet another time, waited through two more and finally got on one and was one of those passengers you see hanging on to the side - quite exciting!
These next pictures are just snaps at random as I made my way to the bay area.
On the left, a lovely column that is the focal point of Union Square I think but was surrounded by tents, delivery trucks, etc., for the marathon.
On the right, a beautiful old building that houses a hotel (there's a third bay that I cropped out cause it was slanting inward so much in the photo). Lovely trim at the top of the building...
On the left - outside an antiques and art gallery type shop - I think they may be bronze although I'm not sure and it's one unit - bench with monkeys. In the background - a mermaid!
On the right a pretty church tucked in between big office type buildings. The stained glass windows were beautiful in the morning sun.
On the left - looking down to the cable car stop where I finally got on one.
On the right, my first view of the bay after I got a seat on the car.
And here I will stop for now - we're getting ready to go out for another day of exploring Napa and Sonoma Valleys. I've discovered that when I have someone to enjoy my travels with, it's much harder to keep up with my blog. But I'm still glad to have it because I also find that if a couple of days go by without me writing in it, I'm already forgetting things!
Next post will get me to the Golden Gate Bridge.