It's been 2 years since I left the US. Couple weeks ago, I got a chance to visit San Francisco. After a 14-hour flight, I landed in the country that I used to miss so badly. Now that I was there again, I was ignited by the familiar scenes and culture, yet at the same time felt the distance. From resident to visitor, I was able to view the city with refreshed eyes and explore something touristy that I have not yet done before. Felt so blessed that SF was in sunshine during my stay -- it was warmer than any of the past summer that I had there.
Golden Gate Bridge
We took a Uber to the vista point and walk our way back to the city over the bridge. It may seem like such a stupid tourist thing, but the view totally worth it.
Ferry Building & Pier Walk
Mission District & the Castro
I spent much time in Mission District and the Castro. With no plan in mind, I stumbled into many surprises, such as the lovely city view from Dolores Park, a string of cute boutiques on Valencia Street, Tartine Bakery, Hot Cookie and many more.
I always prefer the lively neighborhood where locals hang out and chill --the intimate side of a city.
Isn't Californian = New American? So much local culture pride. :)
The finest meal i had in sf was at Frances. Don't think that I stumbled into this too. A table is hard to book but its farm-to-table Californian cuisine will impress you and make your days.
City View from Coit Tower (and the sweaty hike to get there)
You can see Coit Tower from many angles in downtown, but the way up Telegram Hill is not that easy. Despite a lengthy, sweaty hike, you start noticing the changing views of city landscape. That motivates you to keep going, as you can almost be sure that the view from the top will be amazing.
I walked past Maiden Lane almost every day, but however many time I had seen it, I still couldn't help stopping there and sparing a couple more seconds to admire the quietness nested in the busy, hustling Union Square. There is even a hidden gem -- the only Frank Lloyd Wright building in San Francisco. (It used to be an small art gallery, but is now closed.)
Golden Gate Park
I wander the whole afternoon in the Golden Gate Park, which reminded me of New York's Central Park, both are huge green land in the middle of urban life. Another interesting comparison: Central Park has MET and Museum of Science and History, while Golden Gate Park has de Young Museum and California Academy of Sciences! But the nature scenes of Golden Gate Park may help it strike a point. The Japanese Tea House, conservatory of flower and botanic garden are nice spots for family time.
the Dusk and the Dawn
San Francisco, till next time