S: Amy's 30th Birthday . . . San Francisco, CA
BC: DEPARTED | San Francisco | 4 Mar 2012 | Of course we brought home presents!
1: San Francisco | San Francisco | ARRIVED 01 MAR 2012 | The only consolidated city-county in California, it encompasses a land area of about 46.9 square miles on the northern end of the San Francisco Peninsula, giving it a density of about 17,179 people per square mile (6,632 people per km2). It is the most densely settled large city (population greater than 200,000) in the state of California and the second-most densely populated large city in the United States.
4: The Palace Hotel, San Francisco opened in 1875. It was completely destroyed by a devastating earthquake on April 18, 1906. It re-opened in 1909, resuming its place among elite society. Presidents Harrison, McKinly, Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, Taft, Harding, Franklin Roosevelt, and Clinton all spent time in the historic hotel. The hotel hosted President Woodrow Wilson in support of the Versailles Treaty and in 1945, catered the banquet honoring the opening session of the United Nations. President Harding died while staying in the Presidential Suite at the Palace Hotel on August 2, 1923. He had developed a respiratory illness believed to be pneumonia prior to arriving at the hotel. Unexpectedly, during the evening, Harding shuddered and died suddenly in the middle of conversation with his wife at 7:35 pm. HThe cause remains unclear, though at the time it was opined that he had succumbed to a stroke or had "some brain evolvement, probably an apoplexy." Mrs. Harding refused to allow an autopsy. In retrospect, scholars speculate that Harding had shown physical signs of cardiac insufficiency with congestive heart failure in the preceding weeks
10: Sausalito | California | March 2, 2012
12: China Town | Downtown
15: The Painted Ladies | "Painted ladies" is a term used for Victorian and Edwardian houses and buildings painted in three or more colors that embellish or enhance their architectural details. The term was first used for San Francisco Victorian houses by writers Elizabeth Pomada and Michael Larsen in their 1978 book Painted Ladies - San Francisco's Resplendent Victorians. About 48,000 houses in the Victorian and Edwardian styles were built in San Francisco between 1849 and 1915 (with the change from Victorian to Edwardian occurring on the death of Queen Victoria in 1901), and many were painted in bright colors. As one newspaper critic noted in 1885, "...red, yellow, chocolate, orange, everything that is loud is in fashion...if the upper stories are not of red or blue... they are painted up into uncouth panels of yellow and brown..." While many of the mansions of Nob Hill were destroyed by the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, thousands of the mass-produced, more modest houses survived in the western and southern neighborhoods of the city.One of the best-known groups of "Painted Ladies" is the row of Victorian houses at 710–720 Steiner Street, across from Alamo Square park, in San Francisco. It is sometimes known as "Postcard Row."
17: On Saturday, March 3, 2012, we took a guided trip to Wine Country! Our visit brought us first to Sonoma Valley, where we enjoyed a tasting at Viansa Winery & Vineyards and then a private tasting at Cline Cellars. We then had lunch in Sonoma and toured onto Napa Valley. In Napa, we had a tour and private tasting at Domaine Chandon Winery. Amy didn't care as much for the bubbles.
22: Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf: After an amazing stroll and lunch in Saulsalito, we took the ferry back to Pier 39, past Alcatraz. The views of the bay were spectacular and the Sea Lions were too funny.
24: Irish Coffees at The Buena Vista Cafe (whiskey is not for everyone)
25: Amazing Food Everywhere! | Poggio was unbelievable!
26: Farewell California... until next time....