May 20, 2009

Backyard view of San Francisco...

via my Special Guest Blogger Today...

Thank you Fifi flowers for asking me to guest blog again today. I
really enjoyed writing about my Paris experiences. Come with me today
on a backyard tour of San Francisco. We’ll keep these insider tips as
a secret between us.

When I made the decision to move to San Francisco from L.A., I knew
very little about the city. I had visited a few times and been to the
tourist attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge, Pier 39 and
Chinatown. But, there is so much more to San Francisco. So much that
only the locals know.

My favorite things to do on a sunny day
1) Seeing the swans at the Palace of Fine arts
2) Picnicking at Washington Square Park
3) Eating brunch at the many crepe houses throughout the city
4) Farmer’s Market at the Ferry Building on Tuesday and Saturday
mornings: The farmer’s market has organic fruits and vegetables, nuts,
fresh flowers, jams, organic honey, food stands, cheese and herbs and
so much more. Plus it is a great place to people and dogwatch.

San Francisco has a wonderful community of artists, all creating many
different types of art.

My favorite places to see free art
1) San Francisco Art Institute
2) Presidio Chapel
3) Jack Kerouac Alley, North Beach.
4) Coit Tower: This art deco monument is located at the top of
Telegraph hill; it has an art gallery as well, the Coit Tower murals.
They were the first of the Public Works Art Project and they are
located at the base of the tower. Be warned about the steep walk up
the hill - it can be challenging, but its worth it.

I love boutiques and there are plenty to be found here.

Best Shopping Streets
1) Chestnut Street (Marina)
2) Hayes Street (Civic Center)
3) Union Street (Cow Hollow)
4) Fillmore Street (Pacific Heights): Ah lovely Fillmore Street. Oh
how I love thee…I love your crepe restaurants, books stores, coffee
shops, yoga studio and hat store. I promise there are deals on this
expensive street, you just have to shop for them =)

Even with all of this there are some disadvantages.

Bottom four San Francisco Experiences
1) Rent prices
2) Parking
3) Getting lost in the Tenderloin, though my honey loves the restaurant dives.
4) Constant weather changes: As soon as the San Francisco weather
warms and you take your jacket off, a cold wind will follow. It’s not
a myth that you should bring layers on your visit. I usually have a
scarf in my purse.

~Laura (


Thank you Laura for taking us Out and About around San Francisco! The last time I was in San Francisco was 10 years ago... I think I need to plan a trip!

I hope EVERYONE ENJOYED the tour and tips for San Francisco... a TRULY FAB city to visit... now off you go to ENJOY other OUTDOOR WEDNESDAY delights via Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer!!!

See you tomorrow... we are heading to a Wine Bistro for Tablescape Thursday!


debra@dustjacket said...

Oh thanks Laura, that was great. So informative and super pictures too!

Fabulously French said...

Laura & Fifi, fabulous post. I have been to San Farncisco and I loved every minute of my visit. It is a great city - so vibrant and it has such a great personality....and it is not far to drive to the Napa.....purfect!

L xx

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Fifi and Laura,

Thanks for the tour of San Francisco.
I loved seeing your beautiful photos.
The market looks like a great place to shop - love all the colours.
Also would like to go and visit the Shabby Chic shop.

Have a great day

Patricia @ ButterYum said...

Wonderful photos!!!

Slices of Beauty... said...

Lovely, will check out your blog!

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

I would love to go to San Francisco some day - my husband has been there a million times for work and does rave about it. Thanks for the tips.

Joyce said...

A wonderful post. I haven't been to San Francisco in years, but the memories are still fresh. Thanks for sharing the beauty. Enjoy! xoxoxo

Debbie said...

I love Laura and SF. This was a great virtual trip:)

kate said...

Hi Laura, thanks for the memories, I so glad to hear San Fran is still a great town, I spent lots of time there in the late 70s and early 80's , almost moved there but choice Florida. I love the Palace of Fine Arts, I have a great photo with my daughter (who is now 26) at 18 months there with me on a park bench.
thanks again.....and Fifi

Joyce said...

I moved from San Francisco almost 3 years ago and I miss it. I miss those Saturday markets and also trips to Half Moon Bay for fresh produce also.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Lovely pictures! I visited San Francisco many years ago with a convention. Stayed in the St. Francis (?) Hotel with all the neat shops within walking distance, dined out in wonderful restaurants, and got to tour some fabulous homes. It was a dream convention. You're blessed to be there, and I loved your pictures of that beautiful place!

My sister lived in Sausalito (sp)for a short time many years ago and loved it. She enjoyed everything about San Francisco... the opera, the food, the culture, the beauty, the people, the history.


Sheila :-)

ellen b said...

Thanks Fifi and Laura.
The photos are stunning.
I was able to spend a weekend in S.F. last December and enjoyed exploring the city. It would have been great to read this before I went :0)

Char said...

beautiful - makes me want to visit again

Mary Bergfeld said...

What wonderful photos. I especially enjoyed the one with the bridge engulfed by fog. Have a wonderful day.

Kathy said...

Hi Fifi and Laura, Thank you so much for all the SF info, we love to watch the swans at the Palace of fine arts and the farmers markets too. I just did a post on our beloved English countryside which had me feeling a bit homesick, then I came here and saw your wonderful post on the beautiful city that we now call home. I will certainly be going to some of the places Laura listed, as I see there is so much more for us to discover, Happy OW to you both, hugs, Kathy.

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Happy Outdoor Wednesday Fifi! What a great post on San Francisco! Good tips! Thanks for sharing your photos.~ Susan

Richella Parham said...

Your blog is darling! Thank you so much for visiting mine. I really appreciate your stopping by. Bonjour!

Beverly said...

I hope to able to visit there some day. Thank you for the fantastic tour.

I received the cards, Fifi dear. They are wonderful - and so are you.

Renae Moore said...

Thanks so much for the fabulous reminder of ALL there is to do in SF!! I haven't been in years either.
My DH and I leave on the 30th for a week long bike trip starting at the San Remo Hotel on the north end of SF and the very first day GET to ride across the golden gate bridge...I am sooo excited!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Thank you Laura. This post is beautiful and informative.

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Fabulous, thanks for the tour!

Ms. Tee said...

What a great post! My hubby and I went to San Francisco about 4 or 5 years ago, and we did all the "touristy" things. I'm going to refer to this list when we go back for sure. We found out about the weather, too - we went at the end of July and around 4 in the afternoon needed coats! Thank you for the tour :)

LenoreNeverM♡re said...

It's one of the best city of the world...I like Kinokunia Japanese book store in Japan Town & Green Apple Books on Clement St... You are blessed to be in this Fab city by the Bay darling! XO*

nomo wino daph said...

Awesome!!! LOVE that top picture!!

FrenchBlue said...

SF is an amazing city... the cold is a good thing sometimes... it all balances out.

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

A lovely visit to a lovely town. Thanks for sharing it with us. Last time I was there was in late September of 03.

Desert Rat said...

Thank you for the's always nice to go on a trip through a locals eye. I especially always love the farmers market.

Pauline Wiles said...

Wonderful reminder of how lovely this city is... I'm guilty of living 30 miles away and forgetting how lucky I am!
On a nice day, the walk from the Marina district along the bay to the Golden Gate Bridge is a lovely outing too.

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Love your lists, Laura! I haven't been to San Fran in quite a while but I love it. I love how it's a city, but very "outdoorsy" to me, and I especially love how close it is to fabulous beaches just over the Golden Gate!

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