A Visit to San Francisco

March 1970 was the first of many visits to San Francisco. The first thing I noticed from the window of the cab was that the grass and the leaves were green. Coming from the snowy, white of Minnesota I drank in the color.

Over the years of coming here I have lost that first thrill of seeing color, but not the thrill of noticing the  water, surrounding the land.


I love the colorful buildings climbing up the hills, the orange bridge and the sparkling lights at night.


We like to stay at the Embarcadero because it has wonderful water views


and is close to the Ferry Building. One can catch a ferry, a bus, a tram, Bart or the iconic cable car.


I also like it because it is flat and walkable to places like San Francisco MOMA


On our first morning we set out and walked past what looked like a bookstore. Now, no bookstore should go undiscovered, so we went in. We walked into the gift shop of the California Historical Society.


Given all the hype about Alexander Hamilton they have an exhibit abut his life. It was fascinating to stroll through his life of writings and pictures. This one really appealed to me given the state of our union.


The next morning we drove across town to view the Klimt and Rodin exhibit at the Legion of Honor Museum in Lincoln Park.   This is a beautiful museum and one of the collection of San Francisco art museums. It is perched on a hill with gorgeous views of the Marin Headlands, the Golden Gate Bridge and downtown. Definitely worth a trip.


100 years ago artist Gustav Klimt died of pneumonia in Vienna, Austria after the Spanish Influenza outbreak. Klimt was an Austrian symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement. He is known for his sketches, paintings, and murals, many of which focused on the female body. He began his career painting architectural decorations in a rather conventional manner, but eventually stopped taking public commissions and developed the unique, symbolic style that he is recognised for today.

Here are a few of the pictures we took of the exhibit.






He loved painting women but also did scenery.


W viewed other exhibits. It is a beautiful museum and well worth a visit.


La Mar is a Peruvian resturant. This is what we ate.


Really looks too pretty to eat, but we were hungry and enjoyed every bite.

The recipe – Layered onto the piped, whipped, purple potatoes is Dungeness crab and avocado.  Salmon caviar is sprinkled on top and a quail’s egg tops it off. It was a party in my mouth.

We walked back to the Ferry building which is filled with small food stalls, cafe’s, restaurants and coffee shops. My drink of choice is a Chai spiced tea milk, from Cowgirl Creamery’s Sidekick Cafe.


One of my favorite bookstore’s in the country is Book Passage. Elaine Petrocelli opened her first store in Corte Madera in Marin County. Although there were tough times it has thrived and birthed two more stores, one in the Ferry Building and one in Sausalito. At 5 pm we attended a talk about the book, at the Ferry Building.


Best selling author Dave Eggers tells the true story about his friend Mokhtar Alkhanshali, a Yemeni -American who decides to import coffee from the farmers in Yemen and finds himself caught in the civil war.


Dave asked questions and told stories about the book


While Mokhtar answered the questions he made coffee and passed it round for the audience to taste. Not being a coffee drinker unless it has chocolate and milk added, I could not give an opinion. However I can say the discussion was fascinating.  Port of Mokha is the name of the coffee. I cannot wait to read the book and learn more of the story. Both men have foundations that will benefit from the sale of the book. They are Benefit the Mokha Foundation and scholarmatch.org


We strolled back to our hotel in the evening chill, filled with words, pictures and tastes. I, like Tony Bennett, left my heart in San Francisco.










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4 Responses to A Visit to San Francisco

  1. jeannefrost says:

    A beautiful tribute to San Francisco Ann. My heart is there even now. The most beautiful city I have experienced in my life.

  2. godfreycoppinger says:

    I look forward to reading more of your adventures, as well as reading of past adventures.

  3. Maryann Weidt says:

    Ann: This is so timely. Two friends and I are going to San Francisco next Tuesday, the 20th. We’ll be there for three days, then head for Cambodia/Vietnam (with Road Scholar.) I’ve booked us an Air BnB in the Mission District. Great tips. Thanks. We’ll have to compare notes next time we get together.

  4. Miriam Ross says:

    Ann! I love your telling your rich tales via word and marvelous photography. I especially am taken by Klimt’s beautiful women and his lovely sense of color and design. And then what a joy to read Maryann’s message and her following in your footsteps on her way to Cambodia/Vietnam…..the two of you making the world your home. Thank you for taking me on your journey again. Your tastes are wide. I enjoyed every minute.

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