san francisco is breathtaking and could be, after paris, the prettiest city i have been to. ever. arriving (after a 3am start mind you) from new york on saturday, we have been blessed with above average temperatures for this time of year and have been enjoying the glorious outdoors. although a little jet-lagged, on saturday we headed to alamo park with some beers and gourmet snacks, alongside a few thousand san franscians and just sat in the park, basking in the sun. after the cool temperatures of gotham, the sun was a welcome sight.
the past few days have been spent enjoying the jasmine scented air, walking the streets, dining in the outdoor gardens and taking old-worldly trams up san francisco's iconic hills. dining for one is a lot easier in sf, as there are a lot more "traveller friendly" spots to pop in to and they tend to be a little friendlier on your wallet. over the past few days we have taken in the magnificent views at telegraph hill, taken two buses for kurt to get famed coffee in russian hill, walked the castro and its vintage shops and had organic red walnut and dark chocolate ice-cream in the mission.
on sunday morning, mama's in north beach called, unfortunately - the latest review in timeout magazine - also meant that mama's called every other visitor in san fran, so after waiting in line for 45 minutes and not moving an inch, we blew it off. we headed for fisherman's wharf, but got scared of the other hordes of tourists so headed out the fine dining in the ferry building before getting on a street cart to downtown. with a little bit of everything on offer, parks, city, street art, sailing, hiking and wineries, this is a fantastic spot for a holiday.
today we went on a fantastic bike tour with streets of san francisco, and lucky for us, it was our second unplanned private tour of the trip. geoff our guide took us through some of most "iconic" neighbourhoods and enlightened us on the architecture and history of the different areas, as well as of the city. this tour certainly shed a different light on sf - right from the hippy drum circles in golden gate park (that still take place each weekend as they pay homage to the summer of love in 1967) to the painted ladies in alamo park and the history of the "paris of the west" aka. the civic centre. he also took us to an amazing pie shop, where i had a slice of classic apple and cherry pie with twin brothers organic vanilla ice-cream. nom nom.