Exploring a city with a pre-teen can be a lot of fun -- especially when you find new places to go, new experiences to share.
This last weekend our almost -12-year-old granddaughter joined us in San Francisco. Yesterday we had a couple of free hours, so decided to:
1. Take a cable car ride to the top of Nob Hill! We left our condo and walked the 4 short blocks to California and Van Ness, hopped aboard and rode the cable car to the top. Necessary? No, we could easily walk. Worth it? Yes -- the adventure had begun.
2. Stop in the Mark Hopkins Hotel. We enjoyed the grandeur of the lobby, took the elevator up to the 20th floor, to the famous Top of the Mark, where we simply gazed at the cityscape below, and Alcatraz in the bay. The hostess even gave our granddaughter a See's chocolate bar. What a wonderful way to make a young person feel special and welcome! (Can you say "future customer?")
3. Next, a visit to the Fairmont Hotel, to compare lobbies and descend a gorgeous staircase which took us to ballrooms on a lower level. Finding an empty ball room, we danced and pretended we were at a ball with the Queen of England. (No way would we have done that without a young person with us!)
4. Last stop at the top of Nob Hill: a visit inside magnificent Grace Cathedral, where a quiet moment to give thanks was most fitting.
5. A quick bite to eat at ThaiThai Noodle on the way home was fun and tasty, and we all drank numerous glasses of water--who knew dancing was such a thirsy business?
6. Last stop: Plant Warehouse, a bit of the tropics in the midst of the City. Not only is the store packed with house plants, large and small, they set up a corner of complimentary refreshments. (This city really knows how to take care of us!)
We plan to return in a few weeks to see how holiday decorations have changed the looks of the Fairmont Hotel and the Mark Hopkins Hotel.
San Francisco is fun for all, and our neighborhoods make it easy to explore. I'm living my San Francisco dream; how about you?