The trip into San Francisco was uneventful - just the way I like it and we were able to easily grab a cable car and ride it up to our hotel on Bush St. We have stayed at The Hotel Cornell many time, but it had been three years since our last visit. They had updated the hotel and it looked lovely. All the artwork was refreshed and the rooms had been refreshed. Sadly, the old claw foot bath tubs are gone and replaced with new showers. Sigh, progress...
We had about fifteen minutes before we had to catch the bus to the exhibit, so we got cleaned up and then walked about a half block to grab the number 31 bus. We had printed out the instructions from the MUNI website and they were pretty good. However, they listed a street that didn't exist... we got very lost and ended up walking nearly three miles before we finally found 190 King Street.
The Boy works for a company that puts on high end exhibits and shows (one of his clients is Mercedes Benz) and he had developed a cartoon character to advertise Toto Toilets. They were so impressed that they gave his company their business and he was responsible for opening up their premier exhibit to the US market. I'm not exactly sure how or why Studio Ghibli got involved, but they did. They set up a pop up store tp bring people in for the exhibits. It was pretty awesome (photos will follow) and we found some great Ghibli stuff.
The exhibit for the toilets consisted on your sitting down on the toilet and watching the show that this little character puts on. If you so desired, you can also take the toilet for a 'test drive' as if were. It not only washes you, but also dries you. The seat is heated (or cooled) and the toilet even cleans itself. It was pretty amazing, but not to the point of wanting to install one.
After spending and hour and more than enough money there, we grabbed the bus back to our hotel and relaxed until it was time to meet up with The Boy for dinner. We had made arrangements to have dinner in the downstairs restaurant, Jeanne D'arc. It is a fabulous French restaurant. It was also refreshed, but still had its castle theme. The meal is a four course preset, in which you have a choice of four different salad/apps and about ten entrees, including lamb, rabbit, duck and steak. Dessert is one of three, but I always get the Grand Mariner soufflé. This night I had mushroom soup, a lovely salad capressi and duck confit. The Boy had a seafood salad and salmon. TBG had lamb and the seafood salad. All in all it was fabulous.
Afterwards, we went back to the room and visited for a bit longer. He is challenged by his job and he admitted to us that the head of Studio Ghibli talked to him for a long time. Is it wrong to hope there's an offer in the works?
We had a great night's sleep and then headed home today, after a very large (complimentary) breakfast at the hotel. Grocery shopping is done, as is the unpacking and it's just hanging out until heading over to Jeff's at five for dinner and a look through his photos of India. I can't wait.