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One of my favorite hotels

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One of my favorite hotels – The St. Francis, San Francisco, CA

The Grande Dame Of San Francisco Union Square Hotels

At the turn of the century, the guardians of the Charles Crocker family announced plans to buildThe Westin St. Francis. Their vision was to make San Francisco the “Paris of the West,” and their stunning Union Square San Francisco hotel would be their flagship. After studying all of Europe’s grand hotels – from those in Berlin, Vienna, and Monaco to Claridge’s in London and The Ritz in Paris – construction on the original St. Francis began. Two years and $2.5 million later, on March 21, 1904, the doors of The St. Francis opened. By seven o’clock that evening, a line of carriages and automobiles stretching three blocks waited to approach her brightly lit towers. The hotel became so popular that within six months, the owners announced plans to add a third wing, two floors of apartments, and a ballroom. The St. Francis had become the center of the city’s social, literary, and artistic life.

Source: http://www.westinstfrancis.com/our_history/

The St. Francis back when

The St. Francis back when

photo credit: http://www.westinstfrancis.com/our_history/
The St Francis from Union Square

The St Francis from Union Square

The St Francis at the clock

The St Francis at the clock

The St Francis Lounge

The St Francis Lounge

1950s Era Motel

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The Cara-Mar Motor Lodge is on FL19 in Eustis, FL.  The vintage signage caught my eye as I traveled north on FL19 toward the fairgrounds.

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January 4, 2009 at 6:31 pm

San Francisco Restaurants

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There are so many places in San Francisco to eat.  Every kind of taste or ethic food is available at a wide range of afford.  I was totally caught up in the signage.  I loved the streets and signs (some pretty old, so you know they’ve been in business for a long time).  Some were new, or funky, or cute, or reminiscent of Bogart.  All great places.  I wish I could have tried them all.  One thing for sure – there’s no excuse for not eating and walking in San Francisco!

Alcatraz Pizza

Alcatraz Pizza

Bechelli's Restaurant

Bechelli's Restaurant

Blue Mermaid

Blue Mermaid

Lefty O'Douls Daily Grill

Lefty O'Douls Daily Grill

Pompei's Grotto

Pompei's Grotto

The Cannery

The Cannery

Tarantino's

Tarantino's