Monday, February 25, 2013

Funtimes With Friends

My sweetie and I spent the last three days in Castro Valley with his best buddy Dan from high school and his lovely bride Robin.  Gary and Dan have been friends for approximately 60 years and we so enjoy it when we can all get together. 
We spent Friday afternoon catching up with what has been happening in each other lives and that evening we were trying to decide what everyone wanted to do Saturday.  So Saturday morning, after a great breakfast, we decided to take BART (rapid transit) into San Francisco.  I snapped a couple of pictures while we were waiting for our ride.

It was about a thirty minute ride and we had to stand most of the way as I think everyone else decided to ride that day too.
Once we arrived in San Francisco, Powell & Market Street, we decided to take a stroll down Market Street to the Embarcardero and of course we had to stop at Starbucks for Skinny Hazelnut Latte.  Our stroll took us right through the Financial District.  Being a retired banker this was really exciting to me, to see that many banks in one place and I'm not talking about your average branch but very large buildings.  Loved it!   
Once we arrived at Embarcardero our first stroll was through the Market Place Promenade.  So many shops and so little money.   We decided to continue our stroll down Embarcardero to Fisherman's Wharf and look for a place to have some lunch as everyone was getting a little hungry.  We came up on The Waterfront Restaurant and decided to try out their place.
Gary decided to try the Fire Roasted Tomato Pizza, Dan had a Kobe Beef Hamburger while Robin and I had the Rock Cod Fish and Chips.  The food was absolutely delicious and the location was great!  After lunch we continued our stroll heading for Fisherman's Wharf as we wanted to take the cable car back up to Powell & Market Street. 
Once we arrived at the wharf we decided to check out one of the shops at Pier 39.  That shop was of course a chocolate candy store.  Robin brought some Divinity and I brought a Chocolate Truffle and a Lemon Truffle.  They may a cost a little more than I normally pay but they were really yummy.
It was now time for that ride on the cable car.  So we asked a couple of people where we could get on at and headed in that direction.  We arrived and to our dismay found out we were not going to get that cable car ride as the Chinese New Year Parade was taking place and the streets were closed.  We were now going to have to take the public transportation so a search for that location began.  Once we found that location the bus took us back to where we had been, The Embarcardero, before we began our quest.  Needless to say we were all very tired and ready to kick off our shoe as we had walked approximately four miles up and down the hills of San Francisco.
Yesterday we spent a quiet day together, watched a movie and enjoyed some more great food. 
It was a wonderful weekend with really great friends!!!

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