|Footloose and fancy free|
They stop right at the crooked part of Lombard Street, which we'd never seen before. We visited galleries and eateries in new neighborhoods like Russian Hill, the Mission, and the Marina District. We window shopped on Union Street and Fillmore. We saw the Palace of Fine Arts which was designed by the same architect who did the house where my dad lived in the Berkeley Hills. We went to the Ferry Building and its associated art and farmers markets. All of that for the first time! (I don't follow the traditional "If you have three days do this" itinerary.) Having booked a hotel in Union Square the fourth time in a row, we also visited some old favorites like Britex Fabrics and Belden Place.
|Irish Coffees on St. Patty's Day|
I'm seriously thinking about planning our next vacation starting with entries on FoodSpotting.com. I didn't get many pictures of food this time, but that site is so me.
The farmer's market was incredible and made me daydream about living in SF and incorporating fresh produce like fennel and kumquats into my kitchen repertoire. Never mind the cost of real estate or the all the hills. Our legs and feet were sore every time we got up from sitting even though we rode Muni and cable cars a good bit. SF just isn't a walkable city like Boston. I still don't feel like I've really gotten to know it, and I still have a list of things we didn't get to do. Next time I will shell out $8 for a pint of Salted Caramel ice cream at Bi-Rite; this time it was right after lunch and I was expecting scoopable and we didn't have a fridge. Last time we went to SF it was August so the weather seemed cool, but this time it was March and SF was uncharacteristically warm and sunny. No argument here, and my last day we got the classic cool weather so I still felt like I had the full experience.
|As close as I need to get to Alcatraz|
|Palace of Fine Arts|