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Program #21052RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for May 17 — May 22, 2015

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The historic 161-room Hotel Carlton in San Francisco's Lower Nob Hill neighborhood offers an international ambiance with outstanding guest service and eclectic and exotic touches from around the world that celebrate the joy of travel. Located near City Hall, the Federal building and the Theater District, this San Francisco hotel is located in a residential neighborhood just five blocks from Union Square and two blocks from the California Street cable car. It is one block away from Polk Street with many eclectic shops and restaurants. The hotel features an international vintage style that offers an eclectic and relaxing haven accentuated by exotic travel photographs. The charming public spaces showcase a cross-cultural design that incorporates one-of-a-kind objects and fascinating treasures. Hotel Carlton is a non-smoking hotel.

Contact info:
1075 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94109 USA
phone: 415-673-0242
web: www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/sanfrancisco/carlton/overview

Room amenities: * Phone with voice mail/data port * Complimentary wireless Internet access throughout the hotel * Cable TV * Clock/radio/CD player that is MP3 compatible * Electronic locks * Hair dryer * In room safe * Coffee maker * Iron/board * Operable windows * Ceiling fan in all rooms

Facility amenities: * Nightly complimentary wine reception * Saha Restaurant serves Arabic Fusion Cuisine - breakfast and dinner * Concierge services for your stay in San Francisco * Bellman services * Pet friendly hotel offering pet bed made of organic material * Daily newspaper in lobby * Laundry/valet service * Valet parking - $35 plus 14% tax per night * Meeting space accommodates up to 50 people * Complimentary wireless Internet access throughout the hotel * High-speed Internet access at computer stations in lobby (fees apply)

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for rate.
Additional nights are based on availability. The hotel will offer a 15% discount on its best available rate unless it is sold out. Contact Dana Silverstein at 415-292-1182 to make a reservation.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 17 - Registration/ Orientation/ Introductions
Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 3:00 p.m.

Program Registration: 3:00-4:30 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table (either in the lobby or the Summit Room) to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Orientation: 4:30 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilites, and answer any questions you may have.

Indicated times are approximate; program activities and schedules may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own.

Dinner: In the hotel’s Saha Restaurant on the main floor. Menus are designed to offer balanced, healthy choices. This evening, enjoy a plated, 3-course dinner plus complimentary coffee, tea, soda, and water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Take the rest of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning. Get a good night's sleep for the full day tomorrow.

Lodging: Hotel Carlton

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The historic 161-room Hotel Carlton in San Francisco's Lower Nob Hill neighborhood offers an international ambiance with outstanding guest service and eclectic and exotic touches from around the world that celebrate the joy of travel. Located near City Hall, the Federal building and the Theater District, this San Francisco hotel is located in a residential neighborhood just five blocks from Union Square and two blocks from the California Street cable car. It is one block away from Polk Street with many eclectic shops and restaurants. The hotel features an international vintage style that offers an eclectic and relaxing haven accentuated by exotic travel photographs. The charming public spaces showcase a cross-cultural design that incorporates one-of-a-kind objects and fascinating treasures. Hotel Carlton is a non-smoking hotel.

Contact info:
1075 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94109 USA
phone: 415-673-0242
web: www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/sanfrancisco/carlton/overview

Room amenities: * Phone with voice mail/data port * Complimentary wireless Internet access throughout the hotel * Cable TV * Clock/radio/CD player that is MP3 compatible * Electronic locks * Hair dryer * In room safe * Coffee maker * Iron/board * Operable windows * Ceiling fan in all rooms

Facility amenities: * Nightly complimentary wine reception * Saha Restaurant serves Arabic Fusion Cuisine - breakfast and dinner * Concierge services for your stay in San Francisco * Bellman services * Pet friendly hotel offering pet bed made of organic material * Daily newspaper in lobby * Laundry/valet service * Valet parking - $35 plus 14% tax per night * Meeting space accommodates up to 50 people * Complimentary wireless Internet access throughout the hotel * High-speed Internet access at computer stations in lobby (fees apply)

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for rate.
Additional nights are based on availability. The hotel will offer a 15% discount on its best available rate unless it is sold out. Contact Dana Silverstein at 415-292-1182 to make a reservation.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 18 - Highlights of San Francisco/ Chinatown/ Barbary C...
Highlights of San Francisco/ Chinatown/ Barbary Coast/ Wells Fargo Museum/ Cable Car Ride/ San Francisco History

Note: Approximate three hour motorcoach excursion through San Francisco includes stops for bathroom breaks and photo ops. After bus trip, four block walk over slightly inclined sidewalks. After lunch, approximate half mile walk through Chinatown and the Barbary Coast on sidewalks, which may be uneven in spots. Terrain includes flat surfaces, inclines, declines, and stairs. After the museum, five block walk to the cable car over flat sidewalks. After cable car, four block declined walk to hotel.

Breakfast: In Saha Restaurant, enjoy a tasty plated breakfast with choices from a select menu of eggs, breakfast meats, fruit, breads and pastries, yogurt, juices, coffee, tea, milk, and water.

Morning: Get to know San Francisco. You will board a private motorcoach and learn about "The City by the Bay" as a local expert narrates. At the end of the ride, the bus will drop you off at the Chinatown Gates. Have your picture taken and then walk through the hustle and bustle of Grant Street, the heart of Chinatown.

Lunch: We will have a Dim Sum (several small plates) lunch together in a mouthwatering Chinese restaurant. Hot tea and water are included; other beverages are available for purchase. Sik fan! (Let’s eat!)

Afternoon: We head out after lunch for an expert-led walking exploration through the Barbary Coast and Chinatown. In San Francisco's early days after the 1849 Gold Rush, the Barbary Coast was the seedy “anything goes” red-light district. Now, its narrow streets are a walker's paradise, filled with fascinating architecture. Chinatown is the oldest Chinese settlement in North America and one of the largest outside Asia. As we stroll crowded streets, your senses will be enlivened by the mix of residents, tourists, sights, sounds, and scents -- an experience you won’t forget!

Your exploration of the area concludes at the Wells Fargo Museum where you will be given a docent-led visit. Located in Wells Fargo's world headquarters, the museum brings San Francisco in the 1800s to life. You will experience an authentic Concord Stagecoach used by Wells Fargo in the 1860s, a working telegraph where you can send a message to another Wells Fargo museum, works of art by noted Western artists, and real gold from California gold country region.

From stagecoach to cable car: The trip back to the hotel will be via one of San Francisco's iconic cable cars, which have rumbled through the city streets since 1873.

Dinner: In the hotel’s Saha Restaurant. Enjoy a plated, 3-course dinner plus complimentary coffee, tea, soda, and water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Engage in San Francisco's colorful history through a slide-illustrated lecture peppered with fascinating anecdotes about the characters that made San Francisco the city that it is. Learn about the tumultuous beginnings of "Baghdad-by-the-Bay."

Lodging: Hotel Carlton

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The historic 161-room Hotel Carlton in San Francisco's Lower Nob Hill neighborhood offers an international ambiance with outstanding guest service and eclectic and exotic touches from around the world that celebrate the joy of travel. Located near City Hall, the Federal building and the Theater District, this San Francisco hotel is located in a residential neighborhood just five blocks from Union Square and two blocks from the California Street cable car. It is one block away from Polk Street with many eclectic shops and restaurants. The hotel features an international vintage style that offers an eclectic and relaxing haven accentuated by exotic travel photographs. The charming public spaces showcase a cross-cultural design that incorporates one-of-a-kind objects and fascinating treasures. Hotel Carlton is a non-smoking hotel.

Contact info:
1075 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94109 USA
phone: 415-673-0242
web: www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/sanfrancisco/carlton/overview

Room amenities: * Phone with voice mail/data port * Complimentary wireless Internet access throughout the hotel * Cable TV * Clock/radio/CD player that is MP3 compatible * Electronic locks * Hair dryer * In room safe * Coffee maker * Iron/board * Operable windows * Ceiling fan in all rooms

Facility amenities: * Nightly complimentary wine reception * Saha Restaurant serves Arabic Fusion Cuisine - breakfast and dinner * Concierge services for your stay in San Francisco * Bellman services * Pet friendly hotel offering pet bed made of organic material * Daily newspaper in lobby * Laundry/valet service * Valet parking - $35 plus 14% tax per night * Meeting space accommodates up to 50 people * Complimentary wireless Internet access throughout the hotel * High-speed Internet access at computer stations in lobby (fees apply)

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for rate.
Additional nights are based on availability. The hotel will offer a 15% discount on its best available rate unless it is sold out. Contact Dana Silverstein at 415-292-1182 to make a reservation.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, May 19 - de Young Fine Arts Museum/ Japanese Tea Garden/ T...
de Young Fine Arts Museum/ Japanese Tea Garden/ Tree Fern Dell/ Conservatory of Flowers/ Victorian Architecture

Note: Walk three mildly inclined blocks to catch public bus. Disembark from bus, walk several blocks over flat sidewalks. Reverse trip in the afternoon. After lunch, walk five minutes on flat sidewalks for self-guided walk through gardens, also on flat sidewalks. Walk to Conservatory of Flowers through Tree Fern Dell takes about 20 minutes and traverses over flat pavement and an unpaved trail. Docent visits of the de Young Museum and Conservatory of Flowers involve standing for up to an hour.

Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel

Morning: This morning we will have a docent-led visit of the permanent collection of the de Young Fine Arts Museum. Founded in 1895 in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the de Young Museum has been a destination for millions of residents and visitors to the region for over 100 years. In 2005, the de Young Museum re-opened in a state-of-the-art facility that integrates art, architecture and the natural landscape. The museum showcases collections of American art from the 17th through the 20th centuries, Textile arts, and art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.

Wheelchairs are available in the musuem. When you arrive, let the front desk know and one will be checked out for you.

Lunch: Gift cards provided for lunch in the de Young Cafe.

Afternoon: After lunch, we visit the Japanese Tea Garden for a self-guided exploration. The tea garden features an arched drum bridge, pagodas, stone lanterns, stepping stone paths, native Japanese plants, serene koi ponds and a zen garden. Cherry blossom trees bloom in the spring.

We will tiptoe through Tree Fern Dell on our way to the Conservatory of Flowers. As we make our way through the dell, you will feel we have stepped back in time. Giant fern leaves dot the path.

The Conservatory of Flowers is a Victorian wood-and-glass greenhouse in Golden Gate Park, filled with exotic tropical plants and flowers. A docent-led visit will provide in-depth background on the sea of greenery that surrounds you.

The Conservatory of Flowers is wheelchair accessible. They have two non-motorized wheelchairs in the ticket booth, which visitors may use (*at their own risk) if not already in use.

Dinner: We will eat out at a popular diner near the hotel. You may order your meal and a non-alcoholic drink of your choice from the restaurant menu; other beverages available for purchase. Water is included.

Evening: The Damnedest Finest Ruins is a documentary about the 1906 earthquake and its aftermath. Discussion will follow viewing of film. Much of the film focuses on Nob Hill which you will explore tomorrow morning.

Lodging: Hotel Carlton

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The historic 161-room Hotel Carlton in San Francisco's Lower Nob Hill neighborhood offers an international ambiance with outstanding guest service and eclectic and exotic touches from around the world that celebrate the joy of travel. Located near City Hall, the Federal building and the Theater District, this San Francisco hotel is located in a residential neighborhood just five blocks from Union Square and two blocks from the California Street cable car. It is one block away from Polk Street with many eclectic shops and restaurants. The hotel features an international vintage style that offers an eclectic and relaxing haven accentuated by exotic travel photographs. The charming public spaces showcase a cross-cultural design that incorporates one-of-a-kind objects and fascinating treasures. Hotel Carlton is a non-smoking hotel.

Contact info:
1075 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94109 USA
phone: 415-673-0242
web: www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/sanfrancisco/carlton/overview

Room amenities: * Phone with voice mail/data port * Complimentary wireless Internet access throughout the hotel * Cable TV * Clock/radio/CD player that is MP3 compatible * Electronic locks * Hair dryer * In room safe * Coffee maker * Iron/board * Operable windows * Ceiling fan in all rooms

Facility amenities: * Nightly complimentary wine reception * Saha Restaurant serves Arabic Fusion Cuisine - breakfast and dinner * Concierge services for your stay in San Francisco * Bellman services * Pet friendly hotel offering pet bed made of organic material * Daily newspaper in lobby * Laundry/valet service * Valet parking - $35 plus 14% tax per night * Meeting space accommodates up to 50 people * Complimentary wireless Internet access throughout the hotel * High-speed Internet access at computer stations in lobby (fees apply)

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for rate.
Additional nights are based on availability. The hotel will offer a 15% discount on its best available rate unless it is sold out. Contact Dana Silverstein at 415-292-1182 to make a reservation.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, May 20 - Nob Hill/ Grace Cathedral/ Cable Car Museum/ Ferr...
Nob Hill/ Grace Cathedral/ Cable Car Museum/ Ferry Building/ Alcatraz/ Fisherman's Wharf/ The Damnedest Finest Ruins

Note: Approximate 90 minute walking exploration of Nob Hill over flat paved sidewalks. After lunch, approximate 15 minute ferry ride to and from Alcatraz. At Alcatraz, tram available for those who choose not to traverse the steep walk to the penitentiary. Paved sidewalks may be uneven. Extra long staircase to enter prison yard (optional exploration). Optional 20 minute walk on flat pavement through Fisherman's Wharf to dinner destination. You may take the streetcar if you choose not to walk.

Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel

Morning: This morning, we take a narrated walking exploration of historic Nob Hill beginning with Grace Cathedral which started as Grace Chapel in 1849, the year of the Gold Rush. By 1906, the third Grace Cathedral had been built and then consequently destroyed by the earthquake on April 18. The railroad baron/banker Crocker family gave their ruined Nob Hill property for a diocesan cathedral. Work began on the present structure in 1928. Designed in French Gothic, it was completed in 1964 as the third largest Episcopal cathedral in the nation.

Nob Hill was settled in the late 19th century. Because of the views and its central position, the hill became a magnet for the rich and wealthy. Leland Stanford, Collis Potter Huntington, Mark Hopkins, and Charles Crocker—the Big Four of the Central Pacific Railroad—all had mansions on Nob Hill which were all destroyed during the 1906 earthquake. After the earthquake, many wealthy families moved to Pacific Heights. The only remaining mansion was James Flood’s house which is now the Pacific-Union Club, a men’s social club.

The Fairmont Hotel was newly built when the earthquake hit in 1906. It survived the earthquake relatively unscathed but succumbed to the fire. When it came time to rebuild, Julia Morgan, the first woman to graduate from the prestigious Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, was chosen as the architect.

Board a private motorcoach to the Cable Car Museum which is located in a historic cable car barn and powerhouse. The museum deck overlooks the huge engines and winding wheels that pull the cables. Downstairs is a viewing area of the large sheaves and cable line entering the building through the channel under the street.

We reboard the bus to for a narrated excursion through the Ferry Building at the foot of Market Street, along the Embarcadero. When it opened in 1898, the Ferry Building became the transportation hub of San Francisco. Today, there are offices on the upper level while the main level is a foodie paradise.

Lunch: This meal had been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Afternoon: Alcatraz – “The Rock” -- has been a Civil War fortress, federal prison, bird sanctuary, first lighthouse on the West Coast, and birthplace of the American Indian Red Power movement, as well as the most infamous Federal penitentiary. Upon arrival at the Alcatraz dock for our field trip, we will be greeted by a National Park Service ranger who will give a brief orientation including information on any special activities available that day. The remainder of this field trip will be a self guided exploration you can follow according to your own interests, at your own pace. Park Service staff offer free programs to visitors throughout the day on topics such as escapes, military history, American Indian occupation, natural history, and more. There are numerous exhibits to see as well as a complimentary cell house audio tour covering the penitentiary era (1934-1963).

We will rendezvous with the group leader at an appointed time at the dock to take the ferry back to San Francisco. We will make our way to dinner along the historic Fisherman's Wharf, a cornucopia of shops, restaurants, a fishing fleet, steaming crab stalls, and street performers.

Dinner: At a colorful restaurant in historic Fisherman's Wharf, enjoy a plated 3-course meal plus complimentary coffee, tea, and water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: On your own to do what interests you most.

Lodging: Hotel Carlton

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The historic 161-room Hotel Carlton in San Francisco's Lower Nob Hill neighborhood offers an international ambiance with outstanding guest service and eclectic and exotic touches from around the world that celebrate the joy of travel. Located near City Hall, the Federal building and the Theater District, this San Francisco hotel is located in a residential neighborhood just five blocks from Union Square and two blocks from the California Street cable car. It is one block away from Polk Street with many eclectic shops and restaurants. The hotel features an international vintage style that offers an eclectic and relaxing haven accentuated by exotic travel photographs. The charming public spaces showcase a cross-cultural design that incorporates one-of-a-kind objects and fascinating treasures. Hotel Carlton is a non-smoking hotel.

Contact info:
1075 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94109 USA
phone: 415-673-0242
web: www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/sanfrancisco/carlton/overview

Room amenities: * Phone with voice mail/data port * Complimentary wireless Internet access throughout the hotel * Cable TV * Clock/radio/CD player that is MP3 compatible * Electronic locks * Hair dryer * In room safe * Coffee maker * Iron/board * Operable windows * Ceiling fan in all rooms

Facility amenities: * Nightly complimentary wine reception * Saha Restaurant serves Arabic Fusion Cuisine - breakfast and dinner * Concierge services for your stay in San Francisco * Bellman services * Pet friendly hotel offering pet bed made of organic material * Daily newspaper in lobby * Laundry/valet service * Valet parking - $35 plus 14% tax per night * Meeting space accommodates up to 50 people * Complimentary wireless Internet access throughout the hotel * High-speed Internet access at computer stations in lobby (fees apply)

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for rate.
Additional nights are based on availability. The hotel will offer a 15% discount on its best available rate unless it is sold out. Contact Dana Silverstein at 415-292-1182 to make a reservation.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, May 21 - Victorian Architecture/ Alamo Square/ Fisk Mansio...
Victorian Architecture/ Alamo Square/ Fisk Mansion/ Free Time/ Beach Blanket Babylon

Note: Private motorcoach to Alamo Square for approximate one hour walking exploration involving moderate inclines and declines over paved sidewalks. Docent-led visit through the Fisk Mansion involving one hour of standing and long staircase to 2nd floor. In the evening, public transportation involves walking one block to bus stop, transferring from one bus to a second bus, and then walking one block to restaurant and theater which are next door to each other. After performance, taxis back to hotel.

Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel

Morning: Learn from a local expert about San Francisco’s iconic Victorian architecture, followed by a narrated walking exploration of historic Alamo Square where you will see some of the most beautiful homes in the city, including the row of "Painted Ladies" with the city skyline in the background.

Fisk Mansion. You will have the very unique opportunity to see one of San Francisco's beautiful old mansions which is privately owned and not open to the public. Learn the history of the house from the current owners followed by a tea service in the unusual second story ballroom which affords dramatic views of San Francisco.

Lunch: This meal had been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Afternoon: Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunties. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Dinner: Enjoy authentic Italian fare in the San Francisco neighborhood of North Beach, settled by Italian laborers after the 1906 earthquake. Your meal includes soup, green salad, choice of entree, dessert, coffee, one glass of house wine, and water; other beverages available for purchase. Mangia, mangia!

Evening: Beach Blanket Babylon, the longest running revue in musical theater history, is a true San Francisco treat. Get ready to laugh, sing, tap your toes and clap your hands to the zaniest show around!

Lodging: Hotel Carlton

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Six: Friday, May 22 - Final Morning/ Departure
Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel

Morning: Enjoy a final lecture expanding your knowledge of San Francisco as well as providing a recap of the program.

Our program will conclude by 11:00AM. On this final day, you will truly appreciate why Tony Bennett and millions of other visitors leave their hearts in San Francisco.

We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast



Free Time Opportunities


San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Visitor's BureauVisit this website to get information on events happening in San Francisco while you are here. The hotel is located very near the theater district.
For additional information, visit: www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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5 nights of accommodations
12 meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips
1 Performances

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