Yesterday, my friend Meghan, her daughter Roz, and I all set off for San Francisco. We started early, leaving their place at 8:00 in the morning.
I was ready to go.
|Hair curled, red scarf, red lippy.|
We left Rosie Pro in El Cerrito, choosing to take BART into the city. Once there, we wandered around Market Street, the Ferry Building, then back up Market to the Blue Bottle Coffee Company, a favorite of Richard of Keane.
Of course, I had my phone out the whole time, snapping Instagram pics. I adore San Francisco--it is a truly photogenic city, full of architectural details and public art. So many things to take in. Every time I visit, I see something I haven't noticed before.
|At the outdoor market by the ferry building.|
|The Ferry Building.|
|Orange Creamsicle donut.|
|We detoured specifically to get pics of these giant red|
|Roz and Meghan.|
|Megan and Meghan.|
|Established 1849, making it the oldest restaurant in the|
State of California.
|Just look at this city!|
|The Blue Bottle Coffee Co.|
There, we stepped into Tiffany & Co. I've never been in before and...
Well, just wow.
|Deck the streets with boughs and trolleys?|
|A Macy's kitten.|
|Macy's goes all out. A huge wreath in every window, the |
|Next to the tree.|
|Window display at Tiffany & Co.|
|The view out the window on the 2nd floor of Tiffany & Co.|
|Yes. Yes, I made my first-ever Tiffany & Co. purchase. I|
bought a beautiful porcelain candy cane ornament and
this might just become a tradition. Sometimes a lady just
needs to splurge!
There's a reason San Francisco has trolleys, you know.
|This picture doesn't give the hill justice. It was steep. I'm in|
pretty darned good shape, and it left me a bit breathless.
|Near the hotel, the cathedral.|
|The restaurant is, of course, at the top of the hotel, for the|
|Looking down the hill. Now you get a good sense of it.|
The tea itself was marvelous. Delicious food, gorgeous presentation. Roz and I both chose the Good Tidings blend tea, which had, as far as we could figure, apple, cranberry, orange, cinnamon, cloves...it was lovely. Meghan had the cinnamon cardamom, which smelled lovely.
|When you step off the elevator into the lobby, you're|
greeted by this view. That's the TransAmerica building to
|From our table, the city, and yes, that is the Golden Gate|
Bridge out there, with Karl the Fog rolling in underneath it.
|The cathedral. I can't remember the name.|
|Meghan and I had champagne.|
|Scones, preserves, Devonshire cream, lemon curd.|
|The sandwiches were salmon (topped with caviar), egg with|
mint and a bit of raspberry on top, sun-dried tomato with
rosemary, and cucumber topped with an olive.
|In the end, all that was left was Santa...and he didn't last.|
|A candid of Roz and Meghan.|
|Ladies Who Lunch!|
|A close-up of the Golden Gate and Karl the Fog (that is what people|
actually call it. He has a Twitter and Instagram and everything).
|From our table, I could see this window framing the|
|Looking to the southeastern side of downtown--the Bay Bridge and Yerba|
Buena Island can just be seen behind the buildings.
|South San Francisco off in the distance.|
|From our table, we had a view of this building and behind it,|
Alcatraz and Angel Island.
|Fabulous old Nob Hill mansion--one that was not destroyed in the 1906|
|Even from the Top of the Mark, I can find a sign picture.|
|Way off in the distance, west of us.|
|Karl continued rolling in, the sun started going down, and San Francisco|
got even lovelier, if that is even possible.
|I love the colors in this one!|
|Back by the elevator, I took another shot, loving the pinks and purples.|
|The Mark Hopkins mansion, in candy form--the mansion was destroyed in |
the 1906 quake, but its legacy lives on in the hotel built on the site.
|The Intercontinental Mark Hopkins.|
|Nob Hill homes.|
When I got home, I showed off my splurge from Tiffany & Co. to Mom and Dad, then hung it on the tree where we can all enjoy it. I'm keeping the little robin's egg blue box with the white ribbon to store the ornament in, and the little shopping bag as well. It's not every day a Lady Who Lunches makes her first Tiffany & Co. purchase!
It was a marvelous day--a lovely experience with lovely company. I haven't been to San Francisco in a while--I've just been too busy--and it was great to spend a day exploring that incredible city. Meghan and I are talking of making tea at the Top of the Mark an annual tradition!