New York City
As always, we stay at the Michelangelo on 51st@ 7th ave.
Al in his hotel room at the Michelangelo, NYC
If you have never been to NYC, be advised everything is pricey.
(unless you want to stay in Newark)
If you only go once, live it up and check out the “Mike”.
Great hotel, in the heart of all the great restaurants,
Broadway shows and Times Square.
What a surprise. Went by train from NY. (overnight, lv NY 3pm, arrive
Al and a statue of songster Johnny Mercer in Savannah.
Hotel: River Street Inn. On the river..I mean ..on the river.
Managed by Janice Davis…lovely lady…lifer in Savannah. Knows
All the info. Request a room on the river side. Great views.
Reasonable prices…happy hour, plus wonderful brewed coffee(free)
In lobby. Staff is the friendliest you will find. Amazing. Free pralines
At bed time….
You gotta go to Paul Deens. The food IS GOOD.
Our fave…Hueys…on the River, shrimp and grits or anything you
Like. Jamabalaya…that’s right in Savannah….Henrys for a cheap
Five dollar breakfast…
Chart House…on the River…over priced……
Take the cruise..worth the 20.00 apiece…(one hour)
Take the tour…again 20.00 a piece worth it….
Cab is a 30.00 ride to the airport. Call me for my fave cab driver. He is great.
Little tip: if you haven’t flown American out of Beaumont, you are missing
A good bet. Comfy planes…running on time and free parking and close to
Latest from San Francisco. Still the best bargain in town. White Swan Inn, 845 Bush in Nob Hill. Convenient to cable cars, (Powell and Mason, Powell and Hyde). Both run to Union Square and the Wharf. Get the three day 21.00 ticket. Unlimited rides. Otherwise pay 5.50 a pop. White Swan has fireplaces in rooms(which you will need IN SF), a full breakfast that is to die for and a happy hour with wines and cheese each day. Old fashioned elevator adds to the ambience. Rates are around 195.00 per. Free soft drinks and water in the fridge.
Food: McCormick and Kuleto’s. waterfront. Great seafood, a tad pricy, entrees around 25 to 30 but every table has a great view of the water including Alcatraz.
ELO trading post. On Sutter. Most magnificent Asian fusion food around. Butternut squash dumplings and ribs the size of Texas. Fresh asparagus that is straight from the farm. Most reasonable and excellent service. Price is lower than most in SF.
Uncle Vitos. Pasta and ravioli and home made pizza. Less than ten bucks and cheap wine and beer. Bush @ Mason.
Sears….like the store …..on Sutter. Home of silver dollar pancakes, great breakfast, super reuben sandwiches and full meals at a very low price.
Aliottos, Scomas, seafood at the wharf…lot of money touristy, good..but touristy.
Clam chowder in the bowl which is made of cut out sourdough bread. Five bucks and great...Pier 39 at the Wharf.
Golden Gate park. Next to the cable cars, the best value in town. Bus will take you to the front door. Everything from T Rex to a real albino live alligator named Claude. Great historical items and worth the trip. 25.00 per a the door unless you are a senior but it will take up a whole day.
If you are going to Hawaii, let me give you a few tips. Instead of just flying into Honolulu and spending all your time there, or catching a flight after you get there to Maui, instead get in touch with Nowegian Cruise Lines. Their “Pride of America” sails weekly from Honolulu to Mau, the big island, Kona, Hilo, and other great places. Seven days with two days spent in Maui and some of the most extraordinary service and scenery anywhere. The ship itself has most reasonable rates with cabins that feature king sized beds, balconies and unbelievably good food. The service, entertainment and ambiance are the very best. Continental has a non stop morning flight getting into Honolulu in mid afternoon. (four hour time difference) “Speed Shuttle” is the most reasonable form of transportation taking you to your hotel for around 30.00 per couple. A taxi will cost you twice as much. I strongly recommend the Hyatt Regency on Waikiki beach. It is across the street from the beach and offers top notch service, beautiful rooms with a very accommodating staff at most reasonable prices. Being so close to the beach and other attractions is also a convenience. “Dukes” is a restaurant you wont want to miss. Across from the hotel, they feature wonderfully fresh caught fish. Next door is a great coffee shop featuring morning pastries at reasonable prices. There is a shuttle that will take you to the Alamoana shopping mall(one of the biggest anywhere) for two bucks a piece. Buses to Pearl Harbor are around the corner. There are also tours to Pearl Harbor which is a must see. If you can, plan to spend at least a day and a half in Honolulu. There is much to see there. You can catch a cab to the ship from the Hyatt for around fifteen dollars. It’s much closer than the airport. When boarding the ship, do not attempt to bring or hide any liquor in your belongings. It will be found and you will have to pay a 15.00 “corking” charge. The cruise is 7 days, leaving on Saturday afternoon, arriving back on Saturday morning. Take your camera and your video. Your cell phone will perform just like it does here in southeast Texas because of course, Hawaii is in the United States. Bring money if you are going to shop for food because it is expensive. On board make sure you book the Volcano tour while on Maui and the Luau on Thursday night. It’s awesome.