Once in the city we hiked past the huge crowds at the Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market and walked ten minutes to the hotel. The location is ideal for us. It is within blocks of Chinatown, North Beach and Embarcadero Center. We decided on dim sum for lunch so we walked with a hunger to the Imperial Palace Restaurant. The food was wonderful ! We ate more that our fill for under $20. I tried desperately to shoot photos but the light was horrible so I decided to take a picture of Avril at the entrance to document our presence.
|The Royal Avril|
After lunch we strolled Chinatown and a part of North Beach looking for potential dinner ideas. We steered our way back to the hotel and checked out the amenities. The fitness center was really nice but after walking all morning I napped and Avril watched movies. Awake, refreshed and hungry again we considered activities and dinner. Just across the street there is the Embarcadero Center Cinema, we walked over and checked it out. Nothing appealed so we wandered next door to Fuzio Universal Bistro for a glass of wine to aid in our decision process. We sat in the bar, sipped wine and decided to stay for dinner. The prices are gentle, portions are huge and the bartender friendly, my kind of place. I had the portabella mushroom, tomato and basil fire-grilled pizza and Avril, the Chinese chicken salad. We lingered and enjoyed watching the crowds rushing to finish dinner and make their movie time. There was no time rush for us, just fun company and good food. For dessert I had brandy and she had the decadent chocolate martini. It was a nice way to spend an evening, I recommend it.
|Cocktails and Dinner Fuzio Universal Bistro San Francisco|
|Elephant and Castle Pub San Francisco|
We had originally planned to go to the city for a day trip on Sunday to scope out the embarkation process of the Grand Princess. She had returned from Hawaii and was on the way to Mexico for a ten day cruise. We will be on the Grand Princess later this year. What a hub bub of activity with passengers arriving early for departure and those leaving scrambling for cabs and cars. I think we will plan on arriving later for our trip embarkation to avoid the crowds. The ship was gleaming at dock but only the top part was visible. I can't wait for our cruise!
|The Grand Princess In San Francisco|
Welcome to San Francisco Grand Princess. We will see you soon!