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There have been songs (“I left my heart in San Francisco”) and jokes (The coldest Winter I ever spent was a Summer in San Francisco”), but there really is something special about this City by the Bay.  Some complain that you trip over homeless pan-handlers every two feet (I actually saw one holding out a frying pan!), but with that you also trip over three Starbucks, a sushi restaurant, and an art museum or two.  I’ll take it!

Here are a few of my favorite things:

  • No skyline jutting out of a grid, the buildings flow across the landscape from the hills to the sea
  • The Bay area cities face each other like seats in an enormous arena
  • The contrasts of the architecture: Ultra Modern vs. Victorian
  • The “dinging” of the cable cars
  • Gorgeous sunsets
  • The moderate climate: Not too hot, not too cold, it’s just right!
  • You can never eat too much Ghirardelli chocolate
  • Home of Rapleaf World Headquarters (shameless plug for my new company!)
  • The sushi
  • The Shakespeare Garden inside the Golden Gate Park
  • Temptingly close to Wine Country…
  • The awe-inspiring bridges
  • That tiny little chapel on the tallest hill in Tiburon (Happy Anniversary Michele and Rey!)
  • The music and history of Haight-Ashbury
  • Steep and crooked streets
  • The barking roars of of the sea lions
  • Alcatraz
  • The art museums, galleries, and street art…everywhere!
  • The aroma of sour dough bread
  • The sushi (Did I already list Sushi?)
  • The people

If you haven’t yet explored San Francisco, do it.  If you have, please share some of your favorite things.

This is Day 8 (cough) of The 28 Day Blogging Challenge

Photos courtesy of Alaskan_Dude, PatrickSmithPhotography, and Flickr