I awoke to my first full day knowing only that I wanted to start with some coffee. I headed down to
La Boulange Bakery to grab a latte and some food. ($13) It was delish! I sat and read. The quiet was a bit disconcerting to me– it was such a luxury! At 8 o’clock I decided to start my day! I walked down to Ghirardelli Square and because the weather wasn’t great, it was empty. I snapped pictures and enjoyed just being there. It’s a short little walk to the San Francisco Maritime ($5) where I loved capturing pictures of the old ships and mechanical type things. There were so many textures to photograph there- and because it was grey and overcast, it made for some interesting photos, in my opinion. I got so wrapped up in photographing I lost track of time. After hours here I realized I was hungry!
I stayed on the tourist track along the bay. It could’ve become quite like being in any other big city if I let it. There were plenty of distractions that didn’t strike me as truly San Franciscan, so I just kept on walking, stopping to take pictures along the way.
Finally, I arrived at my lunch spot. A tourist destination for sure; it has to be: cool history with amazing food is reason enough! Boudin Bakery still uses a sourdough started from the late 1800’s to produce it’s signature bread. I ate clam chowder in a bread bowl and enjoyed a locally brewed IPA ($16), toured the little museum they have dedicated to it’s founding family ($3), and watched the bakers at work through the glass surrounded bakery. (Free).
As I said, it was a misty, foggy day. I walked along the Embarcadero and eventually needed to duck into a bar to get out of the rain. Chatted with some other tourists and a few locals. Drank wine. ($10) When the rain let up, I headed over to the Ferry Building. A pretty huge farmers market with a few artisans and restaurants mixed in. Pretty cool. I saw some neat things, was inspired for sure (lots of cool ideas to craft, bake, and try to DIY) but no money spent here!
After wandering around, I headed back out into the city. As I was headed to Union Square (so I could say I was there- not to shop!) I stumbled upon the Street Car Museum. This was a cute little storefront that had some cool vintage signs, history of the cable car, and some train related wares for sale. I loved poking around but didn’t buy a thing!
I walked through the financial district to Union Square– I wasn’t in the market to shop, but I thought the little park was cute. There was actually a choir singing when I visited, which was neat to hear. After walking all day, it was time to head back– so I picked up the Cable Car that was right in Union Square, and rode all the way to my stop. ($6) Now– I have to say this: if I were to ride again, I’d get up early and ride first thing in the morning. Like around 7am. When I rode, the car was packed with people- but I noticed from my early morning walk later in the week, the cars weren’t so packed earlier on.
One of my favorite parts about the city was finding the unexpected little park, gardened walk way, or alley to walk through. And along those little footpaths, seeing the potted succulents and flowers that locals potted to make the space beautiful. I found one of those little paths after hopping off the cable car to get to my “home base” for the week.
I ended the day with my friend at The Stinking Rose. ($110.00– I bought dinner to thank my hostess.)I loved the decor. The food was pretty good. The music that was played way to loud nearly ruined the other two parts. I enjoyed it once but don’t think I’d go back.
It was a great day, even with the rain and fog!
Total Spent: $53.00 on breakfast/lunch/admissions+ $110 on dinner = $163.00