September 4, 2008

Top 10 Parts of the San Francisco Trip

In no particular order:

1) City Lights Bookstore. I love an independent bookstore, and this was no exception. I browsed around for a while, and even ventured into the upper poetry room, where I read a little Siegfried Sassoon in honor of my father-in-law and his Great War class in London.

2) The Chihuly glass exhibit at the de Young museum in Golden Gate Park. I took about 50 pictures. It was breathtaking.

3) In-n-Out. We went twice. It was delicious both times. Christmas in Las Vegas cannot come soon enough.

4) Biking across the Golden Gate Bridge. We rented a tandem bike and took a two hour ride along the shore and then across and back over the bridge. The view was spectacular, as expected. Also, it was downhill on the way back.

5) The fortune cookie factory in Chinatown. It was just so cool to see how they were made. When I pointed to the alley it was down, Bart asked if we were going to get mugged. Thankfully, we didn't.

6) The Farmer's Market. Cue the choir of angels - it was that good. I'm still drooling over the green olive dip, the peanut butter cookies, goat cheese, and the green tomatoes dipped in rosemary salt. We also ate probably half a pound of peaches. A lovely Saturday morning with Merrick and Philip, that reminded me of London.

7) Staying with Monica and Brad was one of the major highlights of the trip for us. Bart had never met either of them and I'd never met Brad, but I felt like we'd been friends for years. They kindly drove us to and from the BART station several days in a row, fed us some delicious meals, and took us on a little tour of the east bay. We also all went out to breakfast on our last morning there, where I had, no joke, the best pancakes of my life.

8) San Francisco Public Library. It's gotten a bad rap for poor design and such, but I thought it was lovely and the children's section was beautiful. I loved the display of Harry Potter books in all kinds of languages. And, really, any library with many skylights can't be all that bad in my opinion.

9) The Sea Lions at Pier 39. I think Bart could have watched them all day long. We even went back a second time on Monday morning to watch them, Bart loved them so much.

10) Alcatraz was very cool (and expensive). The audio tour was great and the history was just so interesting. I don't think I'd rush right back to do it again, but I'm glad we made it out there.


  1. Ahhh! I am so jealous! That sounds like so much fun!

  2. I love those sea lions, and City Lights. I'm glad you had such a great trip!

  3. We did #9 and #10 when we were there in May. I wish I would have know about #5. The hotel we stayed at was right by China Gate!

  4. I love Chihuly glass--so jealous! I'm also a huge fan of the Farmer's Market and City Lights. San Francisco is such a great city!

  5. Sounds like such a wonderful time. I've never been to In n Out Burger, and I keep wondering what could be so great about a burger? The farmer's market sounds so wonderful.

  6. I did not get around much in SF, bur I DID see the fortune cookie factory in Chinatown.

    Your list is making me want to go back and tour some more!

  7. I was in SF last year for work, and adored it. It was my first time on the West coast, and I can't wait to go back! I loved the sealions too, and Boudin Bakery! City Lights was also very cool, as was the Scharffen Berger chocolate factory!

  8. Wasn't the Chihuly exhibit awesome??

    We went to the fortune cookie place on a field trip when I was in elementary school. We also went to the Jelly Belly factory. My school rocked.

    And I love the sea lions!!

  9. That sounds like so much fun. I've been to SF once, for about 4 hours. We walked down to the bay and took a picture with a foggy bridge. Got some ice cream and then drove back to San Jose (where we were having a family reunion.) We spent the rest of the week camping in the redwoods, except for a trip to the Monterey Aquarium.

  10. Chihuly is probably my favorite artist. Did you watch any of the videos of him? He's a funny man.

    I'm also jealous of the In-n-Out and the lions at the pier. They're funny dudes too.

  11. I love that you love SF!! And Chihuly - hello, coolest pirate-man ever!



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