Our Trip to San Francisco: Part Three

Hi. I hope you're enjoying my week of San Francisco posts! I'm certainly enjoying doing them as it's a beautiful reminder of the amazing time we had there last year. We've got friends who are visiting there at the moment and I'm wildly jealous.



How I would love to be having a coffee with this cute guy in Little Italy right now, planning our day and chatting about life.



So on this particular day, which we started off at a charming cafe in Little Italy, we decided to take a walk up to Coit Tower (see below). And luckily we had the sustenance of some yummy avo bagels at breakfast because man, the route up to that tower was STEEP and seemingly never-ending. 




It doesn't look very steep in the above picture, but believe me when I say that my calves got a mean workout that morning. 

But it was definitely worth the slog because we were rewarded with these spectacular views of the city from up there:










I couldn't get enough of those views. Can you tell?

Side story - I'm very pleased that we got there early that morning because we found out that the lift up the tower stopped working soon after our group went up. Shoo-ee!! I'm not sure that I would have contemplated climbing all those stairs to the summit, after just having walked up that steep hill. Is all I'm saying. So, thank goodness that lift was working for us!




After taking 3267 photos from up there (and of the amazing murals in that place), we walked back down to the city via the Filbert Steps.







And I would highly recommend taking this route down because not only is it a quaint walk, but it's also a quick route back down that hill, with lots of shade (which was very welcome on the hot day we did that walk).

We then made our way to the:




And got to experience this brilliance:



We sat there for ages listening to those ceramic bowls gently clinking against each other in that little pool and it was one of the most peaceful sounds I've ever heard. I love moments like this. Art has a way of touching your soul so deeply sometimes.






SFMOMA has a great mobile app you can download that has lots of information about the exhibits and their creators. I relished that app as we walked through that immense art museum that day. There was so much to see and learn in there and it was so handy having that information right there on my phone.




I think my favourite piece of the day was this one by Chuck Close:




Let's take a closer look at this beauty:



I mean, how clever is that? I just love it. The cleverness, the simplicity, and the overall brilliance.



San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, you are awesome!

On another day we started off with breakfast at Lori's Diner. I ordered a short stack that morning and there have been many mornings since that I have craved the deliciousness of a quick short stack at a diner to start my day. There's something about sitting in a booth drinking average coffee, eating pancakes, surrounded by American paraphernalia that makes you feel like you're in a movie.





I mean, how often do you find a car IN a restaurant?



And after that hearty breakfast, we made our way to Muir Woods for an injection of nature.



And this place reminded us so much of New Zealand. It was so lovely.



Those world-famous tall Redwood and Giant Sequoia trees made us feel decidedly tiny!









And after our hike through the woods, we caught a bus down to the quaint little town of Sausalito and had lunch at Angelino again. We got a table outside, facing the bay and enjoyed watching the people and boats go by while gobbling down some divine Italian fare. And a delicious Chardonnay. 

All in all, it was a very good day.



Walking back to our hotel one day, I snapped this photo up a street of Chinatown. Grant was probably waiting patiently up ahead wondering what had happened to me. Listen, walking up those steep city streets means stopping to take photos every block or so is not so much a nicety, but a necessity! Shoo. (It's definitely time to get back to the gym, I think.) But do you see what I mean by gorgeous views down most streets in this city?



And here is a picture of Grace Cathedral which was close to our hotel on Nob Hill:



This Cathedral is so beautiful and I met this cute dog called Honey in the park right in front of it. How cute is she? She's a service dog who keeps people company at a local old age home. Cute and an inspiration! She was dressed up for Halloween and was in the park to meet her friends who gather there regularly. Such a little darling. Made me miss Bailey even more.



And then, after the four amazingly hot days we had, the fog rolled in and the nights became bitterly cold.



Grace Cathedral at night, after the fog had rolled in:



Another morning, another breakfast. This time at Sears Fine Foods near Union Square. I love this place. Great breakfasts. And such olde world charm. Go here and lap up that feeling of Sunday family lunches from way back when. This is definitely a feel-good kinda place.



That day we went to see the 'crookedest street in the world' - a block of Lombard Street. Now well aware of the steep streets in this city, we made the good decision to walk DOWN this street. Great decision. And what a fun experience this was to see.

Another iconic residential area - and again I felt for the residents who live on this street. They have an endless stream of tourists walking and driving past their homes, but wow, I guess you do have awesome views from there and let's face it - those homes would be worth a small fortune. So, win some, lose some, I guess.



You can just spot Bay Bridge and Coit Tower in the picture below:



Cars slowly making their way down this street:



So besides getting to walk downhill, it's a known fact that you get better photos from the bottom looking up. In theory. Me, not so much. Try as I might, I just couldn't get a good shot - one without a throng of tourists or one that showed all the curves of the street. Ah well, I saw it in real life and it was good. ;)



Went to the rooftop garden of a neighbouring hotel (to the one we were staying at) and got this shot of Coit Tower in the distance. Quite an icon in that city.



Halloween decoration. Still can't believe that I totally missed Halloween 2017 - I was literally flying across time zones and completely missed the 31st of October! :/



And here are my last few shots of Grace Cathedral:







We had a great little holiday in SF - it was a real treat being able to get away with Grant and enjoy time together, just the two of us. So good for a relationship, that. Yes, we missed the kids loads and they missed us, but more good came out of the experience than bad and with the kids being older now we love that we can go off without them every now and then. (Obviously a big thank you to my parents who look after them and our dog when we're away because we couldn't do this without them.)

Have you been on a couple holiday, without your kids, recently? If yes, where did you go? If not yet, where would you go?




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