This was not our first visit to San Francisco. I think it was our fifth. So we know the city well and debated taking the time and money to visit again. But it's pull was great. So, when we were staying in Sonoma we decided to drive in to Larkspur and take the ferry across San Francisco Bay to the waterfront area.
It was a great trip:
|The Golden Gate Bridge from the ferry|
|The San Francisco Skyline Behind Arch|
|Arriving at the Ferry Terminal|
|The Boat Tour to Alcatraz|
|Lunch Time Entertainment|
|This Restaurant Brings Back Memories|
A busy, happening spot with lots of restaurants - most selling some form of crab:
We had lunch at Fisherman's Wharf but that is a story for another blog. After lunch, to get a new look at the city, we took a
bus tour. And learned a great deal that we did not know. I was very
impressed to hear that the city imposes a 2% tax on hotel rooms with
all the revenue going to purchase and maintain street art. And art
seemed to be everywhere. I loved these two pieces:
|I thought my lobster fisher friends would be impressed by this "at the wharf" price for crab.|
|This man was shelling crab while you waited.|
Several years ago the city commissioned many artists to paint hearts that were located around the city. A few are auctioned each year with the funds raised going to a local hospital. This heart is in Union Square.
And Tony Bennett (get it? - “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”) was asked to paint a heart – which is also in Union Square:
|Tony's heart is not for sale|
The Lobby of the Hyatt Hotel, across from the ferry terminal, was a work of art in itself.
|All rooms open onto a walkway that overlooks the lobby|
|Not a busker, just practicing|
|Fresh veggies for a salad|
|And a great bottle of California wine|
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