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I live in San Francisco, so I blog a lot about my lovely city. But, because I love traveling, I usually find myself visiting new towns, cities, and new countries!
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Just a Weekend in the City
Poppies overlooking SF
As I sit
here, it’s raining outside. I don’t mind the rain, I actually really enjoy it.
My father used to say that after it rained, or after you watered your plants,
everything turned green to thank you for the water. When it rains, I think of
our planet engaging in a wonderful cycle of love and reciprocity.
There is one
downside to the rain, and that is that it keeps me inside. I mean, I could go
out in the rain and try to keep warm and stay dry—in fact, I do, when I take
Bomber out throughout the day—but I’d much rather stay inside, warm and
dry. This is why I’m happy that
last weekend Joe, Bomber and I spent most of our time outdoors, walking around
the city and discovering new alleys, new parks, new street art, and new ways to
have fun in San Francisco.
wanderings took us to wonderful overlooks of the city where I was able to snap
a few photos of Alcatraz, a pirate boat, Coit Tower, and more. But, my favorite
walk of the weekend was the one through Chinatown, up Telegraph Hill to Coit
Tower, and back.
Alcatraz and Pirate Boat
go to Coit Tower at night, as an evening walk for Joe to stretch his legs, and
for Bomber to burn some energy. It’s a great distance from our home and we
really love the walk. The night walk is pretty fun and relaxing and there are not
many people around and it’s pretty quiet.
The walk is
totally different during the day, especially during a weekend day. As we
started going up Telegraph Hill, we started seeing more and more tourists. I
didn’t really mind. In fact, it was sort of fun to see all these people, most
of whom are probably not used to walking around cities, very excitedly going up
this very steep hill. I felt bad for people who reached the top of the stairs
huffing and puffing, but I was also impressed at their determination to climb all
the stairs, after having gone up a steep hill, just to reach the top of the
hill, see Coit Tower, and admire the gorgeous views of San Francisco and the
Bay. I could almost hear them
telling their families and friends about those darn steep hills in the city,
“How do people live there?” The answer to that is easy: you learn what the flat streets are, and get lots of
practice walking on hills when you can’t avoid them.
Classic Cable Car!
to the walk. After we reached the top of Telegraph Hill, we decided to go down
a different side of the hill just for fun. We usually take the better-lit path
in order to avoid any uncomfortable situation, but this time, during the
daylight hours, we could choose any way we wanted! We found a new flight of lushly
landscaped stairs and started going down. At some point we reached a road and,
on the side of the road, an alleyway with stairs took us down to a beautiful
garden. Now, it’s spring out here, so you can imagine all the flowers that were
blooming and all the fragrances that were lingering in the air. It was quite
magical to find this oasis of flowers and greenery in the middle of the city!
The three of
us walked around the gardens, trying to take it all in. We admired the views we
got, and then started contemplating what are next move should be. As we descended all the way down to
Filbert Street, we again crossed paths with people who were really struggling
to go up the stairs. Were we in any better shape? We asked ourselves and decided
to test ourselves and see if we really were.
reached the bottom of the Filbert Stairs, we had a drink of water and,
immediately, turned around and started going back up the way we had come from. Even though, everyday we go up the very
steep hill we live on, I have to say that climbing up almost 400 stairs was no
easy task. We were not exactly out of breath, but we could certainly feel our
hearts beating harder and our lungs trying to get a bit more air. All of a
sudden, instead of being shocked at the fact that people would get winded going
up some dinky stairs, we were quite impressed by the fact that people in their
50s and 60s, who are not used to hills, were going up the hill on foot. I guess
you can say that you need to walk in someone else’s shoes (or up their stairs!)
before you can form an opinion about them, right?
Flower in Bloom
exploring new roads and new alleys, we started making our way home. This time
we chose the flat road back.
around is my #1 favorite activity. I love it for so many reasons. Walking makes
you healthier and allows you to explore places you cannot go on your car. Also,
walking allows you to better take in your surroundings, it brings your closer
to the Earth and to the people around you.
though San Francisco has lots of very fun parks, I really loved the one we
found. Yes, it is a bit overrun by tourists, but because we found it by
accident, it still feels like our little secret. Look at some of the photos
from our weekend to get a taste of the beauties I encountered while moving on
my own 2 feet.
Fun truck on Nob Hill
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