Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Out with the kids

Late last week we decided to take the two grade school kids to San Francisco for Pride Weekend. E spent a couple hours researching hotels on the internet to find one that could accommodate our needs based on price, location and availability. He found a good one at Galleria Park Hotel.

We packed our bags and took Caltrain to the City after work on Friday. From the train station we caught a bus that dropped us off a block from the hotel. After checking in, we hiked through Chinatown to North Beach and had dinner at an Italian restaurant, Trattoria Pinocchio.

Saturday morning we had brunch at Perry’s. We then walked over to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to see the new exhibition called Matthew Barney: DRAWING RESTRAINT. We all decided that it was very strange. Sculptures/conceptual art made from petroleum jelly and other assorted stuff was crazy. E told the kids if they made this kind of art at home then they better be prepared to clean it up. Drawing on walls and spilling stuff on the floor was not acceptable. Go Giants!From there we walked to AT&T Park to see the Giants play. It was a great game against the across the bay rivals, the Oakland A’s. Barry Bonds hit a home run #719 and the Giants came back from behind in the bottom of the 9th inning with a Ray Durham 2-run homer. After the game we caught a trolley to Pier 39 and shopped and watched the street performers. Dinner was at a fantastic French bistro, Café Claude. The kids had Coq Au Vin and Pommes Frites. We had the Truite aux Amandes.

Sunday we were up early. We made our way down to our assigned starting area for the Pride Parade. We marched with Congregation Sha'ar Zahav. This was the kids third Pride Parade in four years. It is great fun. Afterwards we walked around the Pride Festival and had lunch. We took the 5 pm train back home.

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