Chris is in town for a conference and today is the first day for it. It's a half day, so we headed out together to Union Square so he could pick up his registration information and check out all the financial and shopping districts in this part of San Francisco.
One thing this area is-different than the touristy area of Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39. Tall buildings, business suits, Starbucks, and lots of lots of white earbuds. I actually liked it quite a bit. It feels more open than areas of Chicago I've been in. Part of that I'm sure is having public transit at street level or below ground versus the train that is above the streets in parts of Chicago.
We had lunch with Chris's boss and his wife. It was nice to meet both of them and I had a good time. Then after we wandered around a bit looking at more of the area before the conference began.
After we split up I took the long route on foot back to the hotel. When it was all said and done I walked about 3 miles from the Mascone center through Chinatown, Washington Square, Coit Tower and back to Lombard Street (to see the infamous twisty road). I didn't hike all the way to the crazy portion of the road - I just didn't have enough energy (or water) left to make it up another hill.

I saw a lot of interesting things, including several murals and colorful streets and districts. I'm a little bummed I didn't swing over to the small French Quarter though.

Here's a few slideshows for your enjoyment!

Trek to Coit Tower

Union Square



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