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Walking through a kaleidoscopeat Ripley’s Believe It or Not!Museum in San Francisco
We picked up the kids after school on Friday. The drive to SanFrancisco was long, about four hours, so we stopped for dinner on the way in San Jose, and ateat Los Cubanos, (thank you Yelp)www.loscubanosrestaurant.com,featuring Cuban and Braziliancuisine. I had oxtail in a spicy redwine and tomato sauce. Wow!
Everyone enjoyed the avorful
food, and we were more relaxed
after dinner, when the trac had
thinned out.Directions to the San Remo Hotel
wereeasy to follow, so our drive alongthe waterfront to North Beachwas pleasant, though punctuatedwith “Dad, where’s the GoldenGate Bridge?” We were able topark and unload in front of thehotel entrance and Fior d’Italia,
www.or.com, the oldest Italian
restaurant in America. After breathing in the delicious aromas,we headed upstairs to the hotel.No elevators in this three-storylandmark building, built rightafter the 1906 quake and lovinglyrestored.
The sta at the San Remo was
very friendly, well-informed andhelpful. The halls and roomswere immaculate, and festivelydecorated with plants and periodfurniture, lighting, and fabrics. Wehad adjoining rooms, with a slidingdoor between them. Our roomhad a sink, dressers, an armoire,and a comfy full-size brass bed.The kids’ room had twin beds andfurniture. We soon learned thatthe pull-chain toilets down the
hall with oak tanks were ecient
and clean, and always accessible.People we passed in the hallschatted in various languages. Itfelt like we were in Europe.After a good night’s sleep, I tooka relaxing shower down the hallin a claw foot tub, then grabbed a
fresh towel o a brass warmer. My
son and I walked to Café Capriccio
on the corner for excellent coee,
cocoa, and pastries, and webrought some back to the hotel.
Then o to ride the cable cars.
The end of the Powell/Mason lineis only a few blocks away on BayStreet, near Fisherman’s Wharf.Up and down Nob Hill throughChinatown to Powell Market, inthe heart of downtown. It wasfun. www.sfcablecar.com.When we returned by cable car to the San Remo, we exploredour charming hotel. There is aPenthouse, which has its ownclaw foot tub and inspiring views.None of the rooms have phones,but there is free wireless access,and a payphone in the lobby. Thehotel rates are very reasonable,
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