Started the day early as only had one full day in town. Drove Lomardi Street
which is an experience and turned to find myself at the chocolate palace of Ghirardelli Square.
This area has many shops and borders on the National Maritime Park.
Several early morning swimmers were seen taking a dip in the cold Pacific Ocean
and walking beyond that area Fisherman’s Wharf was found.
At this early hour fisherman were viewed starting their day,
restaurant workers began sorting their fare,
and the main attraction… the California sea lions on Pier 39.
Now while nothing could top the sea lions, finding Boudin Bakery and being allowed early entrance for retail and caloric damage takes a close second. The Boudin Bakery is where San Francisco sourdough bread began. While tours are not available due to covid one can have a window view of the family’s time honored traditions which date back to 1849.
From here I began my journey to Golden Gate Park, however, catching a glimpse of The Palace of Fine Arts I quickly u turned. These gardens were constructed in 1915 for the Panama-Pacific Exposition and then recreated in the late 1960’s through 1970. What a place of great beauty.
While continuing the journey to Golden Gate Park more views of the Bridge appeared.
Golden Gate Park is a free park managed by the City of San Francisco. According to Auntie Google it is the third most visited park in the nation. It even has a street named Nancy Pelosi Way, my they love their Nancy! While there I visited the Japanese Tea Garden and while not free, worth the price. The garden is a place of serenity and offers authentic Japanese fare.
After the peace of the Tea Garden returned to Chinatown to explore further. This Chinatown is similar to others in the country with its many busy shoppers. Unable to visit NYC Chinatown for over 10 months was ecstatic to find bakery delicacies to enjoy once home. Yum…
San Francisco is named for St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of animals and the environment. Visited the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi which was proximate to Chinatown.
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