Monday, May 4, 2009

San Fran Days 6 & 7

I've been so bad at finishing this off but I'm truly committed to it now.

Day 6

At the suggestion of one of the cable car conductors we took the F Streetcar from Fisherman's Wharf up to Castro. A young girl from the cable car said it was a good place to have lunch. We were early so we had breakfast. Then we took the street car back to Union Square where we found a bus that would take us in the vicinity of the Golden Gate Park. A funny story from that bus ride was that my husband was sitting beside a young man who was writing in a notepad. Jeff noticed he was writing a letter to god. It said, "Dear God, I woke up in a bad place this morning but I've worked my way through it and I'm in a better place now. Jeff was worried that the bus was going to lurch and send him careening into the young man sending him back to the bad place.
Once we arrived in Golden Gate Park, we ventured into the beautiful Conservatory of Flowers. And beautiful it truly was. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. Note the train display. The buildings were made from simple items like cassette tapes, etc.

Then we walked around the Botanical Garden and then to the Japanese Tea Garden where we enjoyed some Green tea and cookies. The garden as you can see is spectacular.

After that we took the Culture Bus back to Union Square where we ate dinner at the Cheesecake Factory at Macy's. On exiting Macy's I saw a dog with a cat on top of it and a rat on top of it. I didn't get a picture of this but it didn't take too much googling to find this.

Day 7

We rented a car so that we could go to Muir Woods and Sonoma and also use the car the next day to get to the airport. We picked up the car at 9 a.m. and shortly after we were heading across the Golden Gate Bridge. We took a quick drive through Sausalito and then headed to Muir Woods. What a wonderous place!! Nature is magnificent! We had a nice hike. I have to laugh at myself when we were leaving Muir Woods. The road is beautiful and twisty turny. I was trying to delete bad pictures off my camera to make room for new ones. The act of looking at my camera and the road made me queasy...not a good plan but you know the panic when you think you'll run out of space on your camera on vacation.

After Muir Woods, we made our way to Sonoma. What a beautiful little town. The downtown is built around the town square. It reminds me of Goderich in Ontario. We had a beautiful lunch in a small cafe. If you couldn't pick a wine, they would let you choose 3 and bring you 2 oz's of each. Jeff took them up on it.

After wandering around town we went to Bartholomew Park Winery Their wines are all certified organic. The only sad part is that they aren't available in Canada and they don't ship to Canada. Another reason to return someday.

We headed back to San Francisco for our last supper at Fisherman's Wharf. We decided to go to Joe's Crab Shack. It certainly wasn't the best meal I'd had all week but the one reason I mention it is that at one point there was an announcement that Joe's Crab Shack will be rocking in 2 minutes. I had no idea what this meant. Well apparently all the waiters are dancers too. For about 3 minutes a song comes on and all the waiters and waitresses do a choreographed dance. Nothing gets served or ordered in this time. It was kind of interesting and comical. I have to give them a lot of credit as it was pretty hot in there and some of the bigger guys were sweating profusely afterwards.

In conclusion, we had a great week. The weather was beautiful and only on the morning we were leaving did we see any fitting.


Hilary said...

That sounds like a wonderful holiday, NJ. Those woods photos are amazing and I sure like the idea of being able to try three different wines. :) I thought the dog/cat/rat was going to be a statue.. too cool!

Brenda said...

Great pix and descriptions !

Once again, thanks for sharing!

Carmi said...

You've brought back fond memories of my visits to San Francisco. They were work-related, and unfortunately left me with precious little time to explore. But with a bit of focus and attention to the clock, I was able to cram in enough exposure to the magic of this place to last me until my next trip back. Tons of pics on my blog and my accompanying Flickr page.

So cool that you heard my CBC hit today. It was a quick call, and I had no idea when they'd air the resulting report. So it was a very nice surprise to see your comment. How cool is that!