After delayed flights and last minute job training, the weekend in San Francisco turned into one day of exploring the city. Of course you can’t discover a city in one day or even a weekend, but one is better than none. So with an abbreviated timeframe we spent a leisurely day at a few of the city's top spots.
This hotel is a San Francisco classic and has a great location on Union Square. We mainly stayed in and around this area except when we headed to Golden Gate Park. The St. Francis is nicer than my usual lodging. I’m sure I got a deal or free rooms, because I don’t usually splurge on hotels. The bathroom, though small, was a nice little luxury before heading to Southeast Asia. A high pressure hot shower is not standard throughout the world, so I enjoy it when I can.
We had a lovely long brunch at Roxanne, which we stumbled upon walking from our hotel. I don’t normally make an effort to eat at specific or recommended places. When I’m hungry I eat at the closest place that looks appetizing. I don’t like to waste time, money, and energy hunting down renowned restaurants. Unless it has great/famous interior design or architecture, I will cross the earth for a good building.
GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE
Go, smile, take your photo and then move on or across to enjoy the parks. I would go earlier or later in the day to avoid the harsh sunlight in your photos. Also I’m sure there are good tours talking about its history and design, but we didn’t have the time to do take part in any activities.
We basically wandered around the park with little to no plan and still had a nice day. People watching can be highly entertaining. Swing dance classes and roller skating parties are around every corner. There are lots of activities to take part in with a little more time. I’m always up for a bike ride around a park, and I would have liked to hit up the Conservatory.
A bit overpriced, isn’t everything in San Francisco, but still an enjoyable stroll through the gardens ending with drinks at the tea shop. There were steep bridges to play on, Koi ponds to marvel at, and of course tourists to watch.
Finished the night with an excellent meal at a fine dining Italian joint named Finos. Not far from the hotel, it was a great choice in atmosphere, bar, and food. Our table may have been a little close to our neighbors, but it made it all the easier to strike up a conversation with the couple.
There is lots to see and discover in a city that steals many visitors' hearts. I got enough of a taste to warrant a second look, and next time I’ll be sure to bring my roller skates.