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Published: August 7th 2013
Met Lachy down town and caught the Bart
SF Muni Metro (thanks SFImporter from Trip Advisor for setting me straight on this one) to 16th and Mission, pretty easy with a commuter card. Got out up to street level to a veritable tent city of homeless people. Walked 5 mins or so to Guerrero Street to Tartines. I had read a lot about this bakery and enjoyed browsing their cook book. There was a line outside which moved relatively quickly. Seating in and outside was at a premium but we jagged a table to coincide with our orders being ready. The display cabinets are laden with the most exquisite pastry and baked goods- lemon tart, coconut cream tart, banana cream tart, bread and butter pudding, chocolate eclairs, croissants.... All looking divine. Oh, there's a selection of regular breakfast items, savoury stuff and bread. We shared the lemon and coconut cream and had a decent cappuccino.
From here I went off exploring, took in the graffiti art of the lane ways. Clarion Alley betweenMission and Valencia past 17th was one spot and I also walked through another. Really interesting, lots of stories- historical and political. I also spent
time in a huge thrift shop which looked like it may have been an old fancy store once upon a time. Also fascinating. Managed to pick up a pair of 1920's inspired high heels. Wandered Valencia St which was such a stark contrast to Mission. Full of boutique style shops, price tags to match. Quirky stores abound- the Pirate Shop ( closed for renovations) and one called Paxton Gate which was full of taxidermy, arty taxidermy, rocks, plants, books, jewellery and a nursery out the back. Spent about 1/2 hr browsing in here.
Also covered Dolores Park and that neighbourhood. Beautiful old houses. Great views at the top of the hill. Lots of people out enjoying the sunshine. Walked past the original mission chapel. Ended up at the House of Caffeine for a very good coffee.
Visited The Castro district after being refuelled. Also fascinating and very, very clean. Beautiful architecture. Some interesting urban art installations. Lots of history, lots of shops and good resources for sexual health. There is also the GLBT History Museum which I missed, but I think would have been v interesting. Next time.... The F street car can get you back to Market
St but I took the Bart
Muni from the Harvey Milk Plaza station.
After 7 hrs on foot I needed to sit down. Big day out.
However.... There is the Jewish Contemporary Museum that needs to be visited. I know exactly where it is so waste no time in getting there. Bonus is that it's well after 5 pm, therefore, only $5 admission fee. And I am just in time to join the tour of the Alan Ginsberg exhibit. It's an interesting collection of photographic works, all the more so because he wrote underneath the photos about the photo. Interesting insight into the man and the times of the Beat Poets. The other exhibit running is called Beyond Belief which is co-organised by SFMOMA, also interesting. http://http://beyondbelief.thecjm.org/
Finally an opportunity to sit down, dinner time.
Dinner with Lachy at Town Hall. http://http://townhallsf.com/
Really like the southern inspired food, nice ambiance.
Finished the night by walking to the piers to look at the Bay Bridge by night.
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