Sunday, May 9, 2010

A Tourist's Day in San Fran

Our second day in San Fran was filled with tourist-friendly activities due to the fact that we signed up for a city tour with Dylan who takes people around in his own personal shuttle bus. He was a super friendly dude and I enjoyed the fact that he took us into random nooks and crannies of San Fran that I've never been to like the Latino Mission district (mental note to return to have an authentic burrito). Christina and I grabbed some breakfast at Sears fine food where we ate delicious oranges, pancakes and eggs benedict. Then we sat in Union square and just chilled until the time we were going to be picked up by the tour.

We went through a ton of San Fran areas which included:
  • The Tenderloin area where there was a definite increase in free clinics, homeless people, and other social service buildings, it was also where movies like the Pursuit of Happyness was filmed
  • The Mission district where I noticed a plethora of multicultural Latinos population the streets and oh so many delicious Taqueria joints
  • The infamous rainbow Castro district where the Harvey Milk movie was filmed and Christina and I gawked at the beautiful men who had nicer bags than us
  • The Twin Peaks to get a great view of the whole city
  • The Haight-Ashbury district which was the centre of the hippie/summer of love movement in San Fran and checked out the homes of Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead and Jimmy Hendrix
  • The Pacific Heights district where all the beautiful mansions in the city are located. The homes were so beautiful and each one so unique! We also saw the house that was used in the film Mrs. Doubtfire
  • Drove by the waterfront before heading onto the Golden Gate Bridge to go to Muir woods where the Redwood forests are located. It was nice to get out of the city and take a hike through the woods and get some fresh air
  • Then we visited the seaside town Sausalito for a quick stop to pick up some lunch.
  • We got dropped off back in Union Square and Christina and I proceeded to have one of our most productive shopping sprees yet. Niketown, DSW shoes, Nordstroms... and numerous other places where we picked up beautiful goods.
  • We headed back to Fishermans' Wharf afterward to see if the tea shop in Ghiradelli's Square was open, alas, it was closed, but we received directions to a highly recommended seafood place called Scoma's. It's a good sign when the fish receiving station is right beside the restaurant :)
  • Topping off our evening with a hot fudge sundae from Ghiradelli's!
Overall, a deliciously productive day!

Chilling out in Union Sq

A mural on the Mother and Childrens centre in the Mission district

The Grateful Dead house. Where all the band members and others used to all live together in a communal style living arrangement.

Jimmy Hendrix's mural outside his place on Haight Ashbury

Rusted stapes from numerous posters at the Haight Ashbury Intersection

A token tourist pic of the Golden Gate bridge

Redwood trees in Muir woods

A break from the city.

1 comment:

Christina said...

I love that the random staples picture worked!:)