A Very Touristy Week in San Francisco

After returning from a ten day trip to the wintery East Coast I was pleased to return to warmer climes after Thanksgiving. I am trying to be more disciplined with writing and have also picked up my paintbrush again for the first time in ten years, but that hasn’t stopped me having a busy week of adventures.

My highlights this week have included:

The Filbert Steps
I have walked up and down the Filbert Steps now more times than my calves are happy with. Once I even did this while carrying a box of beers. Last Monday I ended a run by walking back up this famous stairway, I’ll forgive it for messing up my per mile average pace because it is so pretty. Someone forgot to tell the trees it’s Autumn – this peaceful area is a great place to spot hummingbirds and other wildlife all year round.

Disney Singalong at The Castro Theatre
Tuesday saw me watching my favourite and one of only a few Disney films I saw as a child, Beauty and the Beast. This was no ordinary film experience, this was a Disney Singalong at The Castro Theatre – what fun! On entry we received goodie bags and singing, heckling and booing were encouraged all throughout the movie. Two gin and tonics in the Twin Peaks Tavern before hand helped me relax my stiff upper lip and join in with the singing.

Twin Peaks
Speaking of the Twin Peaks, I also completed this urban hike on Friday with two friends. We climbed both the North and South peaks, for me they offered the best vantage points I’ve experienced in the city so far. From the top of Twin Peaks you can see the entire body of water that surrounds SF, the bay and the Pacific. This puts into perspective the finite space available in the city and made me feel incredibly lucky to live here. Afterwards we enjoyed a picnic in Mission Dolores Park. I followed these instructions by a local and managed to not get lost.

Cycling to Sausalito
On Saturday me and my husband finally completed a bike ride we have wanted to do since we arrived back in September! We hired bikes from Blazing Saddles and cycled from Fishermans Wharf via Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito. On a clear day this an absolutely stunning route and really gives you a sense of the scale of the bay. Sausalito itself is a charming little town full of lovely shops and restaurants. We ate lunch outside at Salito’s Crab House before getting the ferry back to Fishermans Wharf. This great trip probably justifies a blog post in itself but I’m feeling lazy!

de Young and Ocean Beach
Sunday saw my money savvy week continue, as we enjoyed free entry to the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park as part of Bank of America’s ’Museums on Us’ initiative. We both admired the design of the building and found that to be a highlight rather than a particular collection, though I never fail to find Dali’s work awe-inspiring. After enjoying the museum we walked through the park down to Ocean Beach and ate a late lunch/early dinner in the Beach Chalet restaurant while watching the sunset and two kite surfers out on the water.

I am hoping to do some posts featuring itineraries I would recommend when visiting San Francisco for different time periods and on various budgets. This weeks set of activity would fall under budget, amazingly much of this week was free! Hopefully those posts will be a bit more coherent than this weeks brain dump. I still have a post to write about my visit to Philadelphia, hopefully it will follow this week if I’m not too busy being a tourist in my own town!


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