It took us over an hour to find parking...it must be Christmas time
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December 1st, 2007 – by: madeleine
We drove in Saturday afternoon to see the holiday decorations and do some shopping. The drive in on the freeways weren't too bad, but once we got to Union Square, it was hell to find parking. It took me 30 minutes to drive down one block and turn right toward the garage. I saw the entrance into the parking a few yards ahead. The BMW 750 I let cut me just drove in, and right when I thought it was my turn, the garage employee stops me and tells me it's full, move on.
I was pissed. Talk about bad timing. 30 minutes later, I finally find a garage that wasn't full and reasonably priced... reasonably being $25. Happy to be walking around, we wandered all over Union Square and eventually made our way down to the Westfield Shopping Mall. Saks Fifth Avenue has a huge Christmas tree near the main entrance, behind the Trish McEvoy counter. I didn't notice anything special inside Neiman Marcus, just the usual snobbery. Macy's has wreath's with huge red bows in every window and every single store we went into was packed.
After 3 hours of walking/shopping, we were huuunggrry! John made reservations for us at Ana Mandara for 9pm, http://www.anamandara.com/, but we couldn't wait that long. It was almost 6 o'clock and we were about to pass out.
We ate our food (meals OK, wouldn't go back) and then walked around Ghiradelli square. Since the sun was gone, I was freezing my *** off! What was funny was that no matter how cold it was, the Ghiradelli ice cream shop was packed and even had a line outside the store. Crazy people :)
We called it a night at 7pm and bummed the rest of the evening. I'm hoping to go back into SF again before Christmas to get a shot of the skyline. It has been clear skies lately and the view of SF from the 280 freeway is so pretty.
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