The Conservatory has a special holiday display of San Francisco buildings as models with running trains and great tropical plants. The de Young Museum has a few interesting exhibits but the Academy of Science offered far more interesting displays about nature and science.
Alamo Square happened to be along my walk and I stumbled across the houses that seem to depict San Fancisco in numerous TV shows and other media.
Houses on the hill
The North Bay is a very vibrant and quaint collection of communities. Mill Valley has an amazing mix of local shops. The hot chocolate at The Depot was delicious but the chocolate brownie was more chocolate than flour and melts in your mouth. There is a great comedy club to check out on Tuesday night. The Bay Model in Sausalito is a great way to get the birds eye view of the pacific, bays, and watershed. There is a great little restaurant in Tiburon called Sam’s that sits right on the water with a gorgeous view of the boats and San Francisco in the background. Hiking in the redwoods at Muir Woods would be a great way to spend any Saturday. I would have liked to go all the way to the beach but I had other things to see. Maybe next time I’ll take the whole day: breakfast in Tiburon, hiking in Muir Woods, and lunch at Mill Valley. I have a number of pictures from the walk to the Marina district and the North Bay on SmugMug.
Golden Gate Bridge
I had a great time browsing the Asian Art Museum. They are having a special exhibit about Afghanistan but I wasn’t allowed to take pictures. Photography is allowed in some galleries so I captured a few images and put them in my Portfolio. You should check it out if you’re in San Fran.
Asian Art Museum
My vacation is off to a great start: flights on time, nice hotel, great people. I found a nice little grocery store, on McAllister, around the corner from my hotel, The Inn at the Opera, on Fulton Street.
I hope to have some pictures up later in the week as I explore the city with my camera.