Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Leaving my Heart in San Francisco

The loveliness of Paris
Seems somehow sadly gay
The glory that was Rome
Is of another day
I've been terribly alone
And forgotten in Manhattan
I'm going home to my city by the bay.
"I Left My Heart in San Francisco" - Tony Bennett

My plan was to go get breakfast at a place called Mama's near the apartment. I walked over there and found it closed Mondays, so I returned to Mo's because they gave me a good breakfast before. I ordered a Denver omelet and coffee and managed to eat my way through about half of the omelet. The portion was enormous!

After breakfast I wandered back to the apartment to shower and pack my things. Then I walked to Powell street and took the cable car over the hill to Union Square. I walked around Union Square and saw people ice skating. The weather was acting strangely as it was now well into the 60s, unseasonably warm, and my sweatshirt was proving its namesake by making me sweat. I walked to the waterfront and around the piers, snapping some pictures of the Oakland Bay Bridge. Then I walked back to California St and took the cable car to the top of the hill and then switched to the Powell Street line and went back through Chinatown to the apartment.

While I was making sure everything was packed away and I'd taken the garbage out and cleaned up after myself, I was uploading some photos to my Flickr account when Wayne showed up. He had some work to do in the city and so we talked for a bit before I ran out for lunch.

I enjoyed the oysters at Sotto Mare the other day, so I walked back there and got a half dozen pacific oysters from Tamales Bay and a bowl of that excellent clam chowder.

I went back to the apartment and grabbed my things, chatted with Wayne a little bit, and then ran off to catch the Powell Street cable car back to Market Street. I got on the BART and took it to the airport just in time to catch my flight back to Chicago.

I really am in love with San Francisco, it's a fantastic town and I want to return again and again.

"When I come home to you, San Francisco, Your golden sun will shine for me!" - Tony Bennett

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