So I was off! The wheels went up on a Thursday morning and I was in San Francisco by lunch. Wow, the water was breathtakingly beautiful and the mountains too. There was a certain sense of freedom about the city and it was far from pretentious Los Angeles (nothing against my L.A. friends...). San Francisco was carefree. And at the same time, the city felt so patriotic, so American.
That's probably because of the Golden Gate Bridge. After two visits (my first attempt was in the early morning during San Fran's famous fog), I was in awe. Hundreds of tourists traveled from around the world just to see, walk or drive it - I couldn't believe all of the people. But after all, the bridge is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of the U.S., so I guess I shouldn't have been surprised by the mass tourism.
Through all the sightseeing (and work too), it turned out to be a great trip (thanks to Onnolee for all of the suggestions). But like I always say when I travel on business, "I can't wait to come back to this city for fun!"
So, San Fran, I will see you again soon (and next time, I'll bring Tim :)
A restaurant down on the Wharf
Edelman San Francisco is on this street! I stopped by to say hello
Lombard Street - San Francisco's "Crookedest" Street
The Golden Gate Bridge in the a.m. (cold & foggy)
The Golden Gate Bridge in the afternoon (hello, gorgeous!)