We’re really here. High up on the 9th floor in the very luxurious St Regis Hotel in San Francisco. I am wearing the big white fluffy gown and matching slippers. Being here is a very stark contrast to when I lived in SF briefly 16 years ago. My apartment was minute and if I put one leg in the bathroom, and 1 in the bedroom, the kitchen was in between. My bed was a mattress on the floor and I ate lots of pasta and noodles we managed to cook in the tiny kitchen. Now I am all grown up in this massive room with its king-size bed and bath deep enough to dive in. Well almost! The kids have their own room and bathroom. Each suite has their own butler and they have bath packages where he brings you French champagne and caviar and transforms your bathroom into the rose petal strewn haven. All for just 1650$ of course.
Gary arrives later today. He is very relieved his beloved family is all safe and sound and in the same city. I can’t wait to see him. London was awesome. I LOVE that city in high summer and have some pretty great memories there too. We stayed with my brother and his girlfriend for the 2 days and it was so cool to see him on his own turf. Love my boetie. He has lived there for 11 years already and is all grown up. He runs this exquisite restaurant and bar and stays in a gorgeous little house. I love the architecture there of the terrace houses and the ancient buildings and all the history. My only issue was the panic of potentially losing one of the kids….the city was super crowded and they are real country bumpkins. Travelling with kids is so different to being just you or a couple. They loved the tube and the parks and the shops and seeing the armed guards and the marching band. They got to see the palace although no William and Kate of course. Hamleys blew their little minds and Littelest Pets were on sale! The red bus didn’t really work out but the Thames cruise was cool. We had a picnic in Hyde Park and they got to do the pedal boats with Uncle Paulie and Auntie Abby. They LOVE Auntie Abby and yakked her poor ear off constantly. Rebeka was hoping she would get pregnant AND give birth in the 2 days we were there so she could hold the baby. Daniel had an excellent time too and I now think I could let him go and visit Paul on his own. They are only 15 years apart so Paul is the cool older brother figure.
This morning Daniel and I are off to the shopping outlet mall. I am not a big shopper at all but hopefully there is an earlier ride back to the hotel. He is super amped and has been scrimping and saving forever. Fortunately they have a kids lounge here every day 8-8 with a room full of arts and crafts. Rebeka & Sofia almost pooped in their pants, unlimited art stuff for the whole day. They had originally planned to come with so I am really relieved the aren’t. Rebeka and Daniel slept well but Sofia is major jet-lagged so was up at 2.00 am watching TV and then at 4.00am I had to find her the crayons so we are both pretty screwed today.
Chat in a few days, going to savour every second of the 4 days we here. xxx
Edited to add: Its now 4.17am and the next very early morning. Only figured the WI-FI late afternoon hence not posting this earlier. The shopping trip was cool, lots of bargains for the girls. Daniel did well too. Dinner last night was down at The Wharf but Sofia and I couldn't keep our eyes open. I have been up since 3.00am which means I will probably be a Zombie tonight again. The company has booked out Alcatraz for a private visit and we leave at 6.00am this morning. Its FREEZING here, like butt cold. Obviously packed all the wrong stuff so shop-shop-shop I must!
2 of my fave men in the whole world.