A quickie post as we are soon heading out north [of San Francisco] to meet my friend Christos and his girlfriend – I haven’t seen Christos since he studied in Lund, almost 8 years ago.
Wow, we really had a wonderful second day in San Francisco yesterday, it was sunny and blue skies – and we could see the Golden Gate perfectly from Crissy Fields, where we met up with the Swedish blogger JaCal and her family. It was the perfect place to meet, lots of open space for kids to run around, a great view over the bridge, and a relaxed atmosphere of people jogging, strolling, playing and just enjoying the sunshine. We had a small pic-nic with food bought in the Warming Hut (a café just under the bridge), a bit windy but oh so nice!
The Golden Gate bridge and the Warming Hut in Crissy Fields
My second blog meeting this week was another success! We had a great time – just chatting away and time flew very quickly. I really enjoy meeting people who live in the places that I visit to give me an idea of how life is there. We had a very interesting conversation about bi-lingual children, and JaCal explained how her daughter is speaking both Swedish and English with no problem. We were really happy that JaCal and her family took their time to drive down to San Francisco to meet us and to give us an insight into expat life in California! And for the great advice on what to see the rest of the afternoon in the city.
It is hard to show how steep the streets really are in San Francisco, but here is one attempt, photo taken from the car
The rest of the afternoon was spent driving and walking up and down the hills of San Francisco! O complained when I tried to find the cool shops in Fillmore street that I had read about – it turned out that we had parked approximately 10 steep blocks away, ha ha!
Lombard Street – the most famous street in San Francisco
We did the compulsory drive of Lombard street with its 10 turns, parked in a 90 degree angle in another steep street (very hard to get out of the car!), and had a great New England clam chowder at the counter in the Swan Oyster Depot on Polk street (tip from our hosts – great place!!).
The menu in the Swan Oyster Depot seafood restaurant – you line up outside to wait for a seat and then eat by the counter. Their Clam Chowder was yummy and warm after a day in windy San Francisco