Hard Rock Cafe
Now, back to my initial question: how many Hard Rock Cafes have i visited? That’s a harder question (which I’ve been asked a lot as well both by friends and HRC employees) to answer because before writing this blog post my answer was: I don’t know.
On September 1st, 2013, on Labor Day, Hard Rock Cafe Ottawa closed its doors for good (see the Ottawa Citizen article on this). The Hard Rock Cafe Ottawa had opened its doors for the first time on June 26, 1996. It was open for 17 years.
At Christmas 2012, my mother offered me a glass and a shirt from the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood in Florida which is near the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. One of her acquaintances was traveling that way recently. I almost visited this place in February 2012 when attending a conference in Miami south of there but by itinerary didn’t allow it. This cafe opened on May 11th, 2004.
My in-laws visited Vietnam with a 3-week guided tour in late2012. Their itinerary allowed them a few hours of free time inHo Chi Min City, Saigon before the end of the war. This gave the the time to take a taxi ride to visit this the Hard Rock Cafe Saigon to bring back t-shirts for my kids and me, as well as quite a few great pictures of the interior and exterior of this exotic location.
My childhood friend, Christophe Belzile, bought me back a t-shirt from the Hard Rock Cafe Berlin for my birthday after having visited it with his girlfriend and daughter in the fall of 2012. This is in addition to another which my sister had brought back from her summer there in German immersion in the mid 1990s.
During the fall of 2012, my dad took a cruise from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Los Angeles, California making a few stops in the Caribbean, Columbia and at the Panama Canal. It’s during e stop in Columbia that he took a taxi ride around the city of Cartagena and stopped at the Hard Rock Cafe Cartagena to get me my first HRC shirt from South America. Ce café a ouvert ses portes le 13 décembre 2007.
In 2003-2004 I visited Toronto on business a few times and one time I slept at the Radisson Hotel in the Skydome where the Toronto Blue Jays play, which has since been renamed the Rogers Center. At the time, there was a second Hard Rock Cafe in Toronto at the Skydome. I know I ate here once as I brought back a shirt and a glass.
April through June on my blog: education, virtual trips, Hard Rock Cafe, social media performance and cocktails
Here’s what you missed if you didn’t visit my blog since March (April through June):
To the right of the Universal Studios Orlando Park is located the Hard Rock Hotel Orlando. Since we arrived early at the park, we took a stroll to visit the Hotel which is quite grandiose. We took a few snapshots and walked out the back through the pool area which faces the theme park. We came back at the end of our day to raid the Rock Shop.
Last September 2012, my dad visited Pittsburgh, Steel City, on business. He was invited to a diner at the Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh and he brought me back a t-shirt for my collection.