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Thanksgiving and San Francisco

I'm spending Thanksgiving weekend in San Francisco with my family.  Dinner last night at my brother and sister's-in-law was spectacular--turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, pecan pie, and red velvet cake, a Southern favorite. Plus all the champagne and wine you could drink.  Everyone was in good spirits and a good time was had by all.

San Francisco has a reputation for being one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  It is a well-deserved resputation.  From our hotel window I can see the Golden Gate Bridge and sail boats in the bay.  The city is one hill after another, so you get quite a workout just walking around.  If it's too much for you, just hop on a cable  car.  We like to stay at the Mark Hopkins Hotel, a lovely hotel at the top of Nob Hill.  It was built in 1926 on the site of of the mansion of  Mark Hopkins, a founder of the Central Pacific Railroad.  It's a grand old hotel which this year is celebrating it's 85th anniversay.  Last time we came Michelle Obama was staying here.   Since it was built it has been a fixture in San Francisco, known  for its elegance and glamour.  The Top of the Mark opened in 1939 to celebrate the World's Fair.  It's a skylounge at the top of the hotel which offers a full 360-degree panorama from the top flour of the hotel.  It's my favorite part of staying here.  Above the bar you can see pictures of servicemen in uniform waiting in line to get drinks and beautiful men and women dancing to big bands and drinking martinis among the stars.  During WWII it was the place to be.  From "the Top" you can see the Golden Gate Bridge to Fisherman's Wharf.  On the weekends they still have bands playing and during every visit my husband and I drink martinis and dance and sway among the stars.  This place is the epitome of romance and elegance.  I highly recommend it the next time you come to the "city by the bay."