San Francisco, CA
We arrived into SFO on-time at 9:10 pm last night. We’d already cleared customs in Philadelphia so we just had to walk downstairs and wait for our bags. 15 minutes later we were outside in the cool, moist San Francisco air waiting for the 9:43 pm (really, that’s the next one’s time?) Fairfield Inn shuttle. 10 minutes later we had passed by Terminals 2, 3 and International and were going the 10 minutes to the Fairfield Inn. A quick check-in, and we moved the bags into the room, a quick glass of bootlegged cheap red wine from the Mariner drank in doubled-up hotel room plastic cups and next thing you know, I was outside in the cool air once again going for a walk to pick up some Thai food from a restaurant across the street. Seems that Margaret’s appetite has returned, even at 10:30 pm after being up for 24 hours straight.
Our choices were a Taco Bell next door (not going to happen with our Paleo diet), or Chinese, Korean or Thai places that were all within a block. Soon, we were having a very nice mild chicken curry dish over steamed white rice (better for you than brown believe it or not) and watching Fox News. I must say that I have had my fill of Fox News after watching it almost constantly when on the ship along with the great selection of movies on the Mariner.
In the morning, I walked a couple blocks to Peet’s Coffee to pick up a couple latte’s and a wheat-free (but probably not Paleo) Morning glory muffin. One thing I’m going to miss are those fantastic espressos and cappuccinos that you get everywhere in France and Italy. Just not the same back in the states. I’m looking forward to having my normal breakfast of Margarets Morning glory muffins (click here for the recipe) with some coconut oil, virgin olive oil and blueberries or strawberries heated in the microwave for a minute along with a cappuccino made with our Saeco coffee maker.
After taking showers and re-packing we loaded our stuff in our car and, after stopping to pick up Margaret another tall double shot latte we were heading down I280 toward Santa Cruz and on to Carmel. Our plans were to wait for Gigi to drop off Spencer at 1:00 and then head to our favorite lunch haunt, Casanova for a nice relaxing lunch.
Our 15 day French and Italian vacation had come to an end and while it was a whirlwind, we (well mostly me) saw a lot and got a good taste of the flavor of the French and Italian Riviera regions! If anyone actually managed to wade through all these posts email me and I’ll give you some type of reward. You deserve it! That being said, for some reason this blog took me a LOT of time. Maybe it’s because I’m approaching my 61st birthday this next weekend and I’m just not as fast as I used to be? Or, maybe I just write (and talk) way too much. I can’t blame the computer anymore because I’m using my shiny new 5K iMac and it is blazing fast. There I go again, blabbing on and on about less than interesting subjects. So, Ciao for now!
To make it easy to look at this trip I’ve put together a table of all the blog posts. Just click on the city name and it will open up a new window in your browser. When you close that window it will return to this table.
|MAY 23||SAT||Spain, France and Italy Here we Come!||PreBoard|
|MAY 24||SUN||Repositioning to SFO||PreBoard|
|MAY 25||MON||Flying to Barcelona||PreBoard|
|MAY 26||TUE||Barcelona, Spain||PreBoard|
|MAY 27||WED||Barcelona, Spain||6:00 PM|
|MAY 28||THU||Provence (Marseille), France Morning||8:00 AM||7:00 PM|
|MAY 28||THU||Provence (Aix), France Afternoon||8:00 AM||7:00 PM|
|MAY 29||FRI||Saint Tropez, France Morning||8:00 AM||11:59 PM|
|MAY 29||FRI||Saint Tropez, France Afternoon||8:00 AM||11:59 PM|
|MAY 30||SAT||Antibes Morning, France||8:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|MAY 30||SAT||Antibes Afternoon, France||8:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|MAY 31||SUN||Livorno (Pisa), Italy – Morning||8:00 AM||8:00 PM|
|MAY 31||SUN||Livorno, Italy – Afternoon||8:00 AM||8:00 PM|
|JUN 1||MON||Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy||8:00 AM||8:00 PM|
|JUN 2||TUE||Portofino (Genoa), Italy Morning||9:00 AM||7:00 PM|
|JUN 2||TUE||Portofino (Genoa Artwork), Italy Morning||9:00 AM||7:00 PM|
|JUN 2||TUE||Portofino, Italy Afternoon||9:00 AM||7:00 PM|
|JUN 3||WED||Cannes, France||8:00 AM||11:00 PM|
|JUN 4||THU||Monte Carlo, Monaco – Morning||7:00 AM||11:59 PM|
|JUN 4||THU||Monte Carlo, Monaco – Afternoon||7:00 AM||11:59 PM|
|JUN 5||FRI||Cannes, France||8:00 AM||10:00 PM|
|JUN 6||SAT||Saint-Tropez, France||8:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|JUN 7||SUN||Toulon, France||8:30 AM||6:30 PM|
|JUN 8||MON||Ajaccio (Corsica), France||8:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|JUN 9||TUE||Portofino, Italy||8:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|JUN 10||WED||La Spezia (Cinque Terra), Italy||8:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|JUN 10||THU||Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy||7:00 AM|
|JUN 11||FRI||San Francisco-Carmel|