Saturday, December 16, 2006

San Francisco ~*~ The Hotel

Driving up to the beautiful Fairmont felt like a luxurious Christmas Celebration and the excitement began.

Every part of the building was a sculpture all it's own. This one loomed at the entrance.

A real honest to goodness revolving door! I had the idea to go around and around more than once, but I thought I would embarrass myself. Lo and behold, there were about 10 business men sitting in the lobby, so I was so glad to have gracefully turned it once, only to have the door behind me shove my behind.

I think my mouth dropped open at the sight of the lobby. These pillars were everywhere and beautiful marbel floors to match. There wasn't one place your eye could go and not see something fabulous.

After registering, we were ushered to the "Grand Staircase" Now, most people would be delighted to climb these storybook stairs, but I looked at them and moaned....until my daughter reminded me that this was the 21st century and they had elevators.

Beautiful as they were, my legs suddenly felt like lead and I was grateful for the more modern source of upward travel :)

So, leaving the elevator on the 6th floor, we were ready for a rest and the excitement rose to see our will just have to be patient to see that tomorrow.


Blogger poet said...

wow, waht a beautiful place. can hardly wait for the next installment of photos. enjoy your trip, and get lots of rest, too.

3:45 AM  
Blogger twoblueday said...

It doesn't look a lot like the Motel 6. My last trip I stayed at, I think, the Stanford Court, also a cool place.
Your daughter is beautiful.

4:47 AM  
Anonymous angela marie said...

~anticipation.... you are making me wait!

These are wonderful pictures!

5:47 AM  
Blogger Bright Phoenix said...

Gorgeous! Whenever I'm in a new city I take tons of pictures of the architecture. Love it!

Thanks for sharing!

5:47 AM  
Blogger Becca said...

We had a great time in SF when we spent a week there for our 25th anniversary. We went around visiting all the fabulous hotels - the Fairmont is stunning, and I loved looking at that staircase, imagining all the "fancy people" who had come sweeping down over the years to attend parties and balls.

Such fun to visit with your daughter :)

6:08 AM  
Blogger Lisa(oceandreamer) said...

oh the Fairmont is GRAND indeed, even from the outside driving by I always feel that grandeur. How delicious you were able to stay there...but then YOU are grand too!

9:01 AM  
Blogger twitches said...

Great pics - thanks for taking us along!

9:13 AM  
Blogger JanePoe said...

Brilliant!! Gorgeous foyer and building ... what a treat. Looking forward to the next set of photos. Much love, JP

10:00 AM  
Blogger Holly Stinnett said...

How lovely! I stayed at this hotel in 1990 and only lived about 40 minutes away from the city. Wow... can't believe it was so long ago. It's still one of my favorite hotels of all. Such great photos!!

12:27 PM  
Blogger Star said...

This looks like a dream. I can't wait to see more.

(Your urge to go round and round in the revolving door reminds me of Buddy in "Elf") :D

4:01 PM  
Blogger LiteraryGirl said...

Wow, there's nothing like traveling at Christmas. It's always fun to discover a new city when it is lit up for the Holidays! Looks like a lovely time.

4:13 PM  
Blogger rubyslippers said...

fancy! so glad you got to stay in style!! sometimes i splurge and go to the fairmont here in seattle to have high tea--i love it there!

7:04 PM  
Anonymous Teresa Sheeley said...

Beautiful place, it looks like something you see in a movie, but never in real life. Well that coming from a country bumpkin! Thanks for sharing, can't wait to see more pretty photos!


8:53 PM  
Blogger Deb R said...

Hi Darlene! Glad to see Blogger finally decided to cooperate. Your photos are beautiful! And YAY on getting to spend time with your daughter!!

9:20 PM  
Anonymous ceanandjen said...

Oh hurrah! I ADORE SF, and always have. There is so much wonder there! What a beautiful and grand place you stayed in. :-) I hope that you enjoyed every minute of it.


9:55 PM  
Blogger rising to the challenge said...

I've missed you too!
I've been catching up... wow, looks like you guys had a luxurious time in SF!
You have us on tenterhooks to see the room!!!
Hope you're feeling well D
kisses from V

5:05 AM  
Blogger SombraKnight said...

What absolutely wonderful photos. The Fairmont is indeed a lovely place. I haven't been to your blog in a bit...Not had a chance to visit that many at all. This is such a very busy time of year. But every time I come here, I see something beautiful.
Have a lovely day...

8:44 AM  
Blogger daisies said...

i love fairmont hotels and have stayed at the old beauty here in edmonton, the one in vancouver, calgary and the most beautiful castle-like one in banff ~ they never disappoint :)

your photos of the hotel and your daughter are beautiful and reflect your joy :)

glad you had such an amazing time!!

12:19 PM  
Blogger bb said...

i love the graceful 'bow' in the middle of the stair way - worn away? surely your use of the elevators ('lifts' here in the u.k.) was just to save their magnificence from further wear and tear? Either that or you were just making sure you maintained your voluptuous curves - wouldn't want to wear THOSE out with too much stair walking either, would you? ;-)

love bb x x x x x

1:21 PM  
Blogger Jenny Rough said...

That's so funny about the revolving door. :-)

5:41 PM  
Blogger ~Bek~ said...

You are so goregous!
I cant wait for the next chapter cutes.

9:01 PM  
Blogger Goddess of Leonie said...

Dearest Darby, I'm so sorry to hear about Mark's accident. I hope he is doing okay, sending him, you and your family love, light, healing and angels. May he be safe and well.

Thinking of you sister,

1:56 AM  
Anonymous Sophie said...

Dear Darlene, I read baout your son's accident on your sisters blog. I hope the surgery went well and that he's going to be ok. Your all in my thoughts and prayers.


2:14 AM  
Blogger Susannah said...

i just read about Mark on Deni's post - darling, i'm sending healing love and light. let us know how he is as soon as you have a chance. love you Darlene x

2:14 AM  
Blogger Left-handed Trees... said...

I am also here after reading of your son on Boho's blog and just wanted you to know that he is in my thoughts today, as is your whole family. I hope he is coming through beautifully. Lots of love to you!

4:03 AM  

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