we were in san francisco seeing my folks off before they headed home a few days ago and stayed overnight in an ancient hotel downtown. i love old hotels and this one was like walking into a quiet dream. it recalled every victorian house and apartment i lived in in the city – the little details anyway. a huge canopy bed, tiny chandelier above, clawfoot tub, big arm chairs next to a window soft with afternoon light. quiet. my husband took both our kids to a park nearby and i took a bath and then a nap after chatting on the phone for awhile. heaven!