Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Honeymooniversary - More From The City By The Bay

To say that there is a lot to see in San Francisco would be an understatement. The question is, is there enough time to see everything you want to before it's time to leave? I am happy to say that my husband and I saw pretty much everything we had hoped to.

Day 2

Our hotel was in the Union Square area of town. Honestly, I am not used to city life! It was fascinating to watch the valets park Bentleys and Ferraris across the street from our hotel room window, as the homeless walked the streets asking for change. There is such an energy downtown, a combination of sirens, honking horns, and busy shoppers. Walking along the streets was no leisurely experience, I could just see the headlines "Small town girl trampled to death on Powell Street over big sale at H&M".

Our hotel, the The Warwick Regis Hotel, had a nice European feeling to it. We had a suite just above the overhang (see window with open curtains), that provided a great view of the city streets of the Theatre District.

After breakfast at a nearby diner, we checked out of the hotel and continued our journey. The first stop: Grace Cathedral. This was probably my favorite thing to see. In fact, I was overwhelmed with emotion as we entered into the doors of this massive structure. It is truly beautiful.

It's probably a good thing that the rose window is back behind the congregation, I just know that if I went to that church, I would do nothing but stare at it during the entire Mass.

Can you just imagine what the choir and organ must sound like in this place? And the way the stained glass windows projected a kaleidoscope of colors on the pillars was magnificent.

Next, since we had a rental car we had to go down Lomard Street! Yes, it is the crookedest street in the world, but I wondered what it would be like to actually live there. The homes were quite beautiful and no doubt expensive.

Then it was off to Coit Tower to check out the panoramic views of the city.

The Financial District and the very top of the Coit Tower.

The Palace of Fine Arts in the Marina District was breathtaking. The Roman and Greek inspired architecture provided the perfect backdrop for at least three weddings we saw taking place. And while we saw many ducks and tourists, we did not run into any Russian sailors (don't worry, that will be my only So I Married an Axe Murderer reference today).

And finally, it was time to head over that famous bridge toward wine country, where a totally different experience awaited us.

1 comment:

Journeying Five said...

wow! i would love to go down the winding street...enjoy your anniverary!