Friday night I got to check off one more item on my 100 Things To Do Before I Die list! Mr. B took me to the Palace Hotel in San Francisco to see Maxfield Parish's 1909 Mural of the "The Pied Piper of Hamelin".
So we had planned this trip several years ago but suddenly the hotel's management decided to auction off the painting and it was taken down off the wall at The Pied Piper Bar & Grill. After the ownership was deluged with protests, they decided to refurbish the painting and in August of 2013 it was reinstalled!
|The beautiful floral arrangement at the hotel's lobby|
|The stunning garden court|
|The entrance to the bar with a small bit of the painting showing|
"The tale of The Pied Piper dates back to 1284 in the rat-infested town of Hamelin, Germany. The piper was hired by the townsfolk to lure the rats away to the river where they drowned. Upon his return, the townsfolk refused to pay him. Seeking revenge, the man played his pipe again, luring the children from the town, never to be seen again.
Enjoy your Manhattan." - From SF Weekley - By Rhys Alvarado
So after a very yummy cocktail and appetizer we took a cab over to a Basque restaurant where we were meeting some of Mr. B's business friends. The restaurant happened to be named "Piperade" and therefore the title of my blog - two pipers in one day!
|Mr. B and Chef Gerald Hirigoyen|
The chef came out mid-meal to see how we were enjoying our dinners. Mr. B and he got to talking and found out we have Basque friends in common. Small world and great food!!!
" San Francisco has only one drawback - 'tis hard to leave."
- Rudyard Kipling