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Chinatown, my parents are like tiny Where's Waldos? on the bottom left corner. =)
Was literally what San Francisco was for us.  Don't know if you know this but Texas is HOT!  So going from upwards of 90 degree weather to the oh-so-lovely 70 degrees in San Francisco was god-sent. 

Lucky for us, the metro system, BART, was quite easy to navigate (except for actually buying the ticket that is) and we arrived at our hotel pretty quickly.  Walking into the hotel only made the day better, as it was beautiful inside (see review).  It was just a few pillowed seating areas short of a Moroccan dream.  We were more than pleasantly surprised at the what a great value we got with our package, as we weren't expecting such luxury.  The beds were another great example of that luxury, and having started our day at 5:00am coupled with the time change, we decided to indulge a bit.
My mom, picture taken courtesy of expensive lens we never got.


After a short nap and reading of visitor's guides, we discovered our hotels Wine Hour.  Basically, from 5:00- 6:00pm everyday the hotel offers complimentary beer and wine to its guests.  My dad, who can rarely stay in one place too long, decided to socialize.  A few minutes later he returned with samples for us of the white wine and about a half hour later returned with a couple bottles he finagled.  =) 

With these gifts safely tucked in our minifridge, we decided to walk the few blocks to Chinatown, the one thing I think my dad was really looking forward to.  Unfortunately, we didn't actually get to experience much of Chinatown, as the seductive glow of "Cheap Electronics!" stores lured my father in.  I was in the mood for a little knock-off purse lovin', so my mom and I did walk up and down a bit, but I was disappointed in the selection.
Probably the biggest Macy's I've ever seen, in Union Square.
  He ended up spending the better part of 2 hours haggling with the workers over a Canon lense and flash, but, alas, the price was just not right (and then, when it was and we went in search of an ATM to pay our dues, the salesman decided the price was so right it was almost stealing and took back the offer.  It was lovely.).  All the negotiations really worked up an appetite, so we headed over to Hang Ah Tea Room, reportedly the oldest dim sum restaurant in San Francisco, and had us sum dim. ;)  Well, really, only I did, but the food was pretty good.  I believe I had Crispy Shrimp Balls, which were quite strange but tasty, and Sticky Rice with Pork, which was pretty good. 

After all that, we decided to call it a night and headed back to the Serrano. 
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