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How to be a tourist in your own back yard

Some weekends (most weekends) we REALTORS work long hours. Some weekends we blend fun times and work. Other than answering emails and a couple of phone calls, this last weekend was a mini-vacation for my husband and me - we played tourist in our own back yard!

It started Friday evening, with the opera "Carmen" at the elegant San Francisco War Memorial Opera House.

Inside the SF Opera House

Saturday morning we donned our day-and-a-half backpacks, walked to BART and hopped on a train for the 20 minute ride to Berkeley. Once there, we found a spot for lunch as we walked to the Hotel Bancroft, a delightful, charming "find" across from the University of California Campus.

Semi-private balcony off our room

We dropped off our packs, and spent the afternoon wandering around the beautiful UC campus, spotting the famous International House, wandering into Memorial Stadium (go Bears!) and meandering along winding footpaths through redwood and eucalyptus groves.

UCB-Memorial Stadium

A trip to the top of the Campanile Tower is a must, and the crystal clear day provided 360-degree views of the area.

UCB Campanile Bell Tower

The evening featured dinner at one of our favorite Thai Restaurants, Gecko Gecko followed by a performance of "Treasure Island" at the Berkeley Repertory Theater before walking back to our hotel.

After a relaxing morning and a continental breakfast at the Bancroft Hotel, the backpacks came out again, and we took BART to downtown Oakland. A 15 minute walk brought us to Jack London Square and our planned trip on the bay aboard the USS Potomac, FDR's  "floating White House."

On board the USS Potomac

Three hours later, we walked to the very next pier and boarded a ferry boat to take us back to San Francisco and our walk home.

We were away less than 30 hours, but came home feeling like we had enjoyed a mini-vacation. Sometimes being a tourist in your own back yard is just the right thing to do.

 

 

 

--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®

Pacific Union International

CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547

Lottie@LottieKendall.com

www.LottieKendall.com

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Comment balloon 15 commentsLottie Kendall • June 19 2016 08:04PM
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