A Touristy Saturday in San Francisco

San Francisco Ferry Building

My friend Krissy came to San Francisco a few months ago with her sisters and their hubbies for a weekend of fun. I hadn’t seen her since her wedding early last year and so I definitely wanted to spend a few hours with them to catch up with her and do some site-seeing at the same time.

Even though I’m a native San Franciscan, I really don’t mind seeing the big attractions when I’m with out-of-towners. It’s a nice change of pace from the normal routine and I like being outside in the fresh air and finding great photo-ops.On this particular day, I met Krissy and her group at the Ferry Building which is bustling on a Saturday when the farmers’ market is in full swing. With so many people around I wondered how I was going to find Krissy but I thought to myself, “If I were Krissy, where would I be?” and that spot would be a coffee stand and sure enough that’s where she was. Before we hopped in a cab, I grabbed a grilled cheese sandwich at the Cowgirl Creamery stand which I hadn’t tried before.

Ferry Building
Ferry Building Farmer’s Market

Our group then headed for Crissy Field to watch the waves and have a photo shoot. It was super windy but the view of the Golden Gate Bridge never gets old and I always love dog-watching there.

Crissy Field
Crissy Field

Afterwards we walked over to the Palace of Fine Arts. I had never stood under the dome to take pictures and I think I got a good shot. We walked around the pond, pointing at houses we would want to own but could never afford, and witnessed not only a wedding but a quinceanera too.

Palace of Fine Arts
Palace of Fine Arts
Palace of Fine Arts
Under the dome

From the Palace, we headed to the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. I had had tea there before with my friend but never really walked around to some parts. One of Krissy’s sisters got engaged here and we all walked to the spot where the proposal happened – a bench in a quiet part in front of a garden.

For me, Saturdays are usually spent at yoga class and running errands I don’t have time to do during the week but I’m glad I went out with Krissy and her family to do something a little different and see things from a new perspective. I’m always up for being a tourist in my hometown!

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