“The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco” Mark Twain
As my birthday approached, we debated whether to remain local or venture further. In the end we decided to head up to San Francisco for a few days, as it is a city both of us had long wanted to visit. We soon found that we had made the perfect choice, with July weather that was a perfect fit for our active lifestyle. During the course of our exploration of the city we had ample time to fit in several long walks, a day long bike trip through the city and a hike in the Muir Woods of Marin County.
We made a point to hit up most of the iconic places that everyone associates with the city, especially the famed Golden Gate Bridge, but also took some time to wander around side streets and other little known areas.
We found that some of our favorite areas were North Beach with its plentiful Italian eateries and street activity, the gritty SOMA with its young vibes as well as the upbeat activity of The Castro. Simply wondering around, taking in the streetscape, views and weather was plenty.
San Francisco is blessed with what is perhaps the best location for a city, with all the best elements having been brought together in one place. Not only is the natural setting the most superb, with the bay, hills and plentiful of recreation opportunities, but the constant cool, foggy and dry weather makes for an ideal cozy atmosphere.
We plan to certainly make our way back up north as soon as possible and take in more of the abundant pleasures in food, scenery, vibe and weather. Until then, San Francisco awaits.
San Francisco, persistent, yet lovely chill.