Our friend Lori went with us on a city hike and took us through some cool parts of the city, including the hidden stairways at the top of which we walked around Coit Tower..  We also stopped at the cable car museum near our apartment, and we also walked by the Grace Cathedral.

 

Well we finally got around to a legitimate pub crawl in our new neighborhood.  It wasn’t entirely planed but it worked out quite well.  So my friend and coworker Rich and I met Jo in the city after work on Friday.  We started off innocently enough, getting off BART from our commute from Dublin, meeting Jo near Montgomery street, then walking to to B44, a very nice Spanish, tapas restaurant at Belden Place.  If you ever visit San Francisco I highly recommend having dinner at any of the restaurants in Belden Place.  It’s an alley way with outside seating and a very European feel.

Our intent was to have a light dinner and some drinks then show Rich our new apartment.  Well, that was good and all but things turned out a bit different once we started drinking.  So as best as I can reconstruct the evening, here is a run down of the events.

 

6:20 PM: Tapas and drinks at B44 Belden Place
Drinks: 2 pitchers of sangria between Rich, Jo, and I
Atmosphere: Good conversation, good drinks, and good food
8:00′ ish: Stopped off at our apartment
Drinks: Each of us had a glass of wine
Atmosphere: Showed Rich our apartment and dropped off my stuff from work
8:30′ ish: Moved on to Bacchus Kirk bar on Bush Street
Drinks: Each of us had a margarita on the rocks
Atmosphere: Very loud music, young crowd, OK drinks, just not our vibe
9:00′ ish: Walked over to the Pour House, wine bar
Drinks: We had a bottle of French Sauvignon Blanc between us
Atmosphere: Very nice, chill, great music, light snacks, Jo tried to buy the disco ball hanging from the ceiling and totally weirded out the waiter
10:30′ ish: Stop off at our apartment
Drinks: None
Atmosphere: Jo called it a night and Rich and I moved on. Our intent was to get him back towards BART
10:45′ ish: Walked across the street to The Summer Place
Drinks: 1 margarita and 1 screwdriver each
Atmosphere: Chill, nice local dive bar, lots of locals, good drinks, fireplace, fun
12:00′ ish: Walked down to Bouche, a small but great French restaurant
Drinks: 1 glass of wine each
Atmosphere: Good music, busy, great service, great place, Jo and I love this place
12:45′ ish: Walked back up toward the apartment and stopped in Chelsea Place
Drinks: At least 1 beer each, after that it’s all sort of fuzzy
Atmosphere: Rich and I realized that we wouldn’t make it to BART for the last train so we stopped into this bar on the way back to the apartment. Fun, good crowd, good bar, good service, eclectic music, will go back
Well after 1:00 Walking home through the streets of San Francisco and Skyping with my friend Brad back in Texas, showing him the city and kind of weirding out other folks leaving the bars but it was fun.
Drinks: No more
Atmosphere: Crazy night and lots of fun

So here is map of our little pub crawl.

 

I finally got a run in since moving into San Francisco.  It had been a little over a month since I ran so it was good to get back.  My route is as follows; I start out running down Bush Street, to Market Street, then along the Embarcadero to the Giant’s ball park, around the stadium and back a bit to get in at least a 5k.  I walked back from there to get a cool down and enjoy the view.  As I was running, I could not believe how fortunate I am to have this route and the views of this city.  I am still in awe that Jo and I live here.

 

Nothing special for this post but we did manage to catch part of the North Beach festival in the city. When I say part of it that means we found a little beer garden set up in the street that was blocked off and had a beer until the fog started to roll in. I aslo spotted one of the Bansky pieces here in San Francisco.

 

Our friend Lori had wanted to hike to the Point Bonita Lighthouse for some time. So for her birthday her friend Emily had arranged a picnic and walk to the lighthouse for her birthday with some of her close friends. We were honored to be included in that crowd.

The weather was amazing and fortunately there was no fog. So on on a day that the rest of the bay area was sweltering in heat we were in possibly one of the coolest places we could be. Not to mention the scenery, views, and company were all amazing. So on the walk to the light house you pass through a small tunnel, around some rocky foot paths over looking the water, and finally across a suspension bridge to the lighthouse.

Well our really good friend Lori and neighbor returned and brought a us a lovely bottle of wine on Friday evening, which turned into a couple of lovely bottles of wine after some great conversations and many amazing stories from her recent Italy travels.

The next morning she introduced us to a great cafe/lounge, Sugar Cafe, which serves coffee and breakfast.  After which we went to a local market for some tilapia and fresh produce.  On Sunday Jo and I woke and and decided to go to SF MOMA.  Sorry no photos, you’ll have to visit to see what the MOMA has to offer but I promise you it’s brilliant.  Then we went for another SF walk about.

So after some glasses of wine and a nice fresh dinner from the tilapia we are setting in for our Sunday evening.  Here are a few photos of the great architecture SF has to offer.

And these next two photos are ones in which I would like to do a transition photo of old to new.  I haven’t quite got the angle down but this our block of Bush street in San Francisco from the 20’s and the following photo is from today.