We sat down for breakfast at Lori’s Diner at 9:00 for sustenance and then headed over to Crate & Barrel so Lynn and I could do some shopping for things we can’t find on the island before heading back to the hotel and catching a cable car up Powell. Our destination was the top of Lombard and then a walk to Coit Tower.
The cable car stop was right where we wanted to be and we walked down the famous curvy street snapping photos all the way. It is a really cool street but I think it’d suck living there with all the crowds of tourist and constant flow of cars. Anyway, another thing we had never actually done before. Andee is good at convincing us to do tourist things and it was cool.
Continuing along Lombard we stopped for a PowerBall ticket and then made our way to Pioneer Park and Coit Tower. The stairs were closed which was disappointing so we had to take the old elevator up with an elevator operator I am pretty sure was George Takei. I gotta say that there are some of the best views of the city at the top. There were also very impressive murals on the inside that are totally worth going for. I also decided that if I ever move to San Francisco I totally want to live in the Telegraph Hill neighborhood. And another interesting tidbit, Coit Tower was dedicated on my birthday… of course decades before I was born.
From there we walked back towards Fisherman’s Wharf and had lunch at The Buena Vista followed by… yes more Irish Coffees! Then we headed over to the Hyde Street Pier and SF Maritime Museum to see the boats and we had so much fun!
After the boat fun we headed back to Fisherman’s Wharf for some street vendor crab cocktails and dodging of bird crap before catching the F Train again and taking it all the way to Castro Street. I’ve got to say that The Castro has really changed in the 20 or so years since I first saw it and I think the change is for the better. There are still sex stores and there should be but there were all kind of home decor and hip clothing stores to support and enhance the neighborhood. It feels more like a real neighborhood now to me. We did some shopping and then went to a nice wine bar there and shared a bottle of wine. Afterwards we headed back to our hotel in Union Square for dinner. It was awesome when I picked up the wine list at the restaurant and discovered it was an iPod… very cool.