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Sights and Sounds of San Francisco

We only had one full day in San Francisco, so we had to make it productive.  We got up early and ventured away from out Bunk Room at San Francisco Proper and hit the town.  It was warm (22C/72F) with a cool breeze off the bay – which made it a perfect day to walk this hilly city.

Walking from our hotel in the Tenderloin, we passed by dozens of people living on the streets and digging through trash cans – many of which were just throwing the trash back out onto the streets.  That neighborhood is very gritty.

After grabbing a quick breakfast we ended up walking down to the Palace of Fine Arts, then over to the Bay.

Palace of Fine Arts

Palace of Fine Arts

Palace of Fine Arts

The Golden Gate Bridge on a hazy summer day.

We continued out walk around the City stopping off to meet a friend for a drink at the Palace Hotel.  The restaurant wasn’t open when we arrived, so we had to cocktail in the lobby for a bit.

The Lobby at the Palace Hotel

Finally, after a drink and some lunch, we headed off to grab some ice cream from Salt and Straw on Fillmore.  We enjoyed our ice cream and listened to music at the Fillmore Jazz Festival.

I do love Salt and Straw Ice Cream. What is your favorite flavor?

This basically brought out day in San Francisco to a close, as we had to head back to the hotel and get ready for dinner at Saison.  We did visit the rooftop bar at our hotel, the San Francisco Proper.  The views were lovely, but it was just so crowded and it was hell to get a drink.

What are you favorite things to see and do when visiting San Francisco?  What touristy things do you always skip?

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