Saturday, March 28, 2009

Day 1: San Francisco, Ca

We walked along the water's edge admiring the sights and cool breeze coming off of Fisherman's Wharf until we found ourselves face to face with the local flavor at the Ferry Building Marketplace. The sidewalks were filled with California farmers selling their prized collections of fresh fruits and vegetables, honey, artisan cheeses, infused oils, baked goods, and anything else that could be produced with the ingredients found fresh from the California soil.
After brunch on the water, we followed the directions on a nearby directory. Unfortunately for us, the directory was old and our many block excursion landed us at the old location of the California Academy of Science. Fortunately for us, Joel has a friend in San Francisco. She instructed us to head over to her apartment, sending us on a mini tour through Yuerba Buena Gardens, Union Square, and Nob Hill.
Amy graciously hosted a driving tour around San Francisco to showcase the niches we would have never found on our own, especially, not by foot. This included the Golden Gate Bridge Park, the Presidio, Sea Cliff, Pacific Heights, China Town, and North Beach before returning us to our hotel. The Golden Gate Bridge Park was beautiful and we look forward to spending more time in the park on Friday when we return to see the new Academy of Science. Our evening ended with a casual dinner on Cannery Row at Pompei's Grotto, where we realized we were no match for the tiredness that comes along with a 3 hour time difference. Looking forward to a good night's sleep and a beautiful drive along the west coast in the morning.

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