Our second visit to San Francisco in 2011 was a mix of old favorites (North Beach, touristy Fisherman's Wharf) and new sights. We did lots of wandering around in search of Fair Trade coffee for breakfast (found some in the Haight), a little vintage shopping and of course lots of eating.
A first for us was participating in one of the city's free walking tours. We selected the gold rush tour and learned some fun facts about life for the '49ers. Our knowledgeable guide spoke about tales of love, loss, and fortune. It was highly enjoyable, save for the crazy weather: one block coat on, one block coat off.
|Transamerica Redwood Park -- The fountain is a tribute to Mark Twain, who met Tom Sawyer nearby.|
|Transamerica Pyramid -- the meeting point for the Gold Rush Tour|
|Portsmouth Square in Chinatown, site of the first public square when SF was known as Yerba Buena|
|A flamingo listening to the tour guide ;-)|
|Hot tea and...|
|sustenance at House of Nanking|
|Coit Tower in the Distance|
|Lombard Street: a.k.a. the Crooked Street|
|Origami decor at Suppenküche: yummy German food and beer|
|Breakfast at La Boulange de Hayes|