My Hard Rock Cafe World Tour – 2012 39

If you follow my blog, even occasionally, you are well aware of my passion for this chain of thematic restaurants, launched in London England in 1971: The Hard Rock Cafe. You may not yet have deciphered since when I’ve been visiting various locations and collecting t-shirts and cocktail glasses.

It almost started in 1988 when as a family on a trip in California we almost had diner at the Hard Rock Cafe San Francisco. The restaurant was across the street from our hotel and I didn’t know of the chain yet, I was only 15. However, when my dad heard the wait was 45 minutes, we turned around and went elsewhere.

So really, it all started in 1991 when, on another family trip, we traveled to Australia. On this trip I did visit the Hard Rock Cafe in Sydney and the one in Honolulu during our 5 day layover in Hawaii on the return trip. Below are my original t-shirts, which no longer fit me, but have been well worn as you can tell from the Sydney one (which I actually died back to black on a number of occasions):

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Since then, my dad who travelled a lot, along with my sister and a few friends have brought back t-shirts for my collection until the last few years when we started travelling a bit more and I initiated my wife, kids and friends to the chain and turned a collection into a tradition. Below is the complete list, to date of my blog posts relating my visits and gifts from my friends, to various Hard Rock Cafe locations, as well as the many pictures in my t-shirt and location photos collection – by region:

North America

Canada

Hard Rock Cafe BanffCLOSED, published November 23rd 2012, visited by my father on business before 2000.

Hard Rock Cafe EdmontonCLOSED, published December 21st 2012, visited by my father on business before 2000.

Hard Rock Cafe MontrealCLOSED, published October 26th 2010, visited on business and with my friends and family on numerous occasions until it closed in September 2009.

Hard Rock Cafe Montreal – MemorialCLOSED, published September 23rd 2011, I walked by it in September 2011 and there it was, closed yet intact in every detail.

Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls, Ontario, published March 18th 2011, visited with my family in July 2007.

Hard Rock Cafe Ottawa, published November 4th 2011, visited on business in May 2011.

Hard Rock Cafe Ottawa – Revisited, published July 6th 2012, visited with my family on an impromptu leisure trip on December 29 2011.

Hard Rock Cafe Toronto, published April 8th 2010, visited on business on numerous occasions since 1995.

Hard Rock Cafe Toronto – Revisited, published June 8th 2012, visited on multiple occasions in the Fall of 2011 on business.

United States

Hard Rock Cafe Atlantic City, published December 10th 2010, visited with my family in October 2010.

Hard Rock Cafe Baltimore, published January 6th 2012, visited with my family in June 2011

Hard Rock Cafe Boston, published November 26th 2010, visited with my family in July 2010.

Hard Rock Cafe Chicago, published March 9th 2012, visited on business in October 2011.

Hard Rock Cafe Foxwoods, published September 2nd 2011, visited with friends in February 2011

Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood, published April 29th 2011, visited on business in May 2001

Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas, published May 11th 2012, visited on my honeymoon in August 2003

Hard Rock Cafe Miami, published August 31st 2012, visited on business in February 2012

Hard Rock Cafe New York, published August 12th 2011, visited with friends in September 2005 and on business in March 2011.

Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls New York, published March 18th 2011, visited with my family during a 20 minutes excursion into the United States across the Rainbow Bridge in July 2007.

Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia, published November 9th 2010, visited with my family in April 2010.

Hard Rock Cafe Washington DC, published December 16th 2011, visited with my family in June 2011.

Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, published January 27th 2012, visited on business in October 2011.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, published February 18th 2011, visited while attending a training seminar in April 2007

Mexico

Hard Rock Cafe Cancun, published June 20th 2011, visited the Rock Shop at the airport in September 2008 and September 2009 with friends.

Latin America

Dominican Republic

Hard Rock Cafe Punta Cana, published October 14th 2011, visited with family and friends in January 2011.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana, published November 25th 2011, visited with family and friends in January 2011.

Europe

Germany

Hard Rock Cafe Cologne, published April 29th 2011, visited by friends in 2008.

Hard Rock Cafe Heidelberg, published June 10th 2011, visited by a friend in 2008.

Hard Rock Cafe Munich, published March 30th 2012, visited by my in-laws in September 2011.

Spain

Hard Rock Cafe Barcelona, published July 22nd 2011, visited by a friend and my mother in 2009-2010

France

Hard Rock Cafe Paris, published February 17th 2012, visited with my family in August 2011.

Ireland

Hard Rock Cafe Dublin, published August 3rd 2012, visited by a friend in December 2011.

Russia

Hard Rock Cafe Moscow, published April 20th 2012, visited by my in-laws in September 2011.

Sweden

Hard Rock Cafe Stockholm, published September 28th 2012, visited by a friend in April 2012.

Middle East

United Arab Emirates

Hard Rock Cafe Dubai, published October 26th 2012, visited by a cousin who’s been living there for a few years and by a friend of my mother’s

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