Sunday, January 27, 2008

Saturday in San Francisco

The bf and I drove into San Francisco on Friday night and stayed at the Hotel Griffon. It’s very close to the piers and has a view of the Bay Bridge. The location was great –walking distance to a lot of things – but the valet parking was pricey. We paid $40 per night plus about $5 of tax.

Saturday morning was warm and dry – very different from the rainy, cold weather forecasted. We walked over to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Arts. The entrance fee was $12.5 for adults. There was free coat check, which was great. Works there start from Matisse, Picasso and beyond. The photography sections were great. Also other interesting art that was more interactive.

Afterwards, we walked through the Westfield mall – Bloomingdale, MNG by Mango etc. We saw signs pointing to North Beach and China town. Handy GPS said that we were over a mile from Chinatown. So we leisurely strolled over and got some yummy Dim Sun.

I was pretty tired by then so we headed back to the hotel for a rest. For dinner we decided to go to Fisherman’s Wharf since Google map says we weren’t too far. We were about 5 minutes from Pier 1, beside which is an indoor market. There were lots of yummy seafood restaurants, a wine bar, and other shops where you can get fresh food and ingredients.

It was quite a nice stroll (but a little long) from Pier 1 to Fisherman’s Wharf. It was warm and we took our time. We had a back up plan in case it rained or we get tired of walking. There were trolley stops all along our walk where we can hop on a trolley.

All in all quite a nice day. Another snippet of information: there is a submarine at Pier 45 that we can tour. Apparently you can also stay in the submarine overnight. We were talking to some people who were going to do just that…after they get their coffee at Starbucks.