We started the day with coffee at The Blue Bottle cafe near the SF Mint. From there we walked down Market Street to the Embarcadero where we accidentally came upon The Slanted Door restaurant (recommended by more than one JMG reader). We snagged a fine outdoor table. Everything we were served was excellent and the service was flawless. Here is the incredibly savory and airy and golden Vietnamese crepe, and two desserts. The mixed confectioner's plate was a pyrotechnical fanfare of aromatic infusions.
We continued down the Embarcadero to Pier 27 where we turned inland in search of the paths up to the Coit Tower.
The Baad Lamb took this picture of a Tibouchina Urvilleana. We tried growing one indoors many years ago on the farm in Connecticut. Bugs ate it.
The Coit Tower has wonderful WPA murals. Here is just a hint.
We then walked down Lombard through the North Beach area and walked up the zigzag part of Lombard in the Russian Hill neighborhood. We turned left onto Hyde and followed that up and down to Sacramento stopping to see Grace Cathedral and Huntington Park.
We continued down Sacramento to Powell which brought us back to our hotel.
San Francisco is friendly, casual, jaunty and whimsical. It is not flat. Most people would not or could not do the walk we did today, but I highly recommend every inch of it. The air is delicious here.
Here is a sign inside the Coit Tower. I think we can all agree that a comma after shoot her would have been helpful.