Today we headed back to Elmwood and, after some breakfast, we strolled through some of the funky shops in the area. The bank balance took a small hit but it was worth it!
We then headed back over the Bay Bridge and spent some time driving around looking at the interesting houses and buildings around the city. The site of City Hall forced us to grab a carpark and take a closer look. It is an amazing building and is still being used as the City Hall. We then wandered around the area, where there were some more interesting public buildings including the San Francisco Public Library. There was also a cool little market set up with fresh fruit and other produce.
Afterwards we drove over to Golden Gate Park, which wasn't far away. The park is quite amazing, it is really large and almost in the heart of the city. There is also a huge variety in the park from lakes to sports fields, botanical gardens, waterfalls and a bison field, complete with a herd of real bison!
From there we drove along the coast and found another area of national reserve, Fort Mason. This was the port where US Army personnel left for World War I and II, it is now really lovely public space right on the water, with yet more views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
So far, we had not driven over that iconic bridge, so we rectified that now. We headed over the bridge to an area called Strawberry Village, which includes a few shops and some very nice looking restaurants. We had some very yummy dumplings and stir fry for dinner before crossing Richmond Bridge to return to the hotel. San Francisco really knows how to build a bridge - the three we have crossed have been really impressive!
We both really like San Francisco. It's really pretty, with amazing landscape and architecture and a view from every angle. The roads and traffic can be a bit hectic but it is a unique city that we have loved both on both visits.