It has been a great two weeks in fabulous San Francisco. We arrived with a little trepidation, as there was recently news of store closures downtown, more homeless than ever camping out on the streets, and our hotel (Hilton San Francisco Union Square) just defaulted on its payments. What were we getting into? But we found it a bit better than two years ago, when Covid was still a pretty big threat. And, even though the rest of the country has been baking with hotter temperatures than ever, and with floods and fires raging – San Francisco has been its usual chilly self. Even though it is July, everyone (except Mike) wears a jacket or sweater to walk outside. Some days in late morning, it has been just 56-59 degrees. Last Saturday, it was the warmest day of our visit at 74 degrees, then went right back to the 60s. So we haven’t been “too hot” at all.
Wandering around the city and doing a lot of walking, we saw many retail buildings for lease and a lot of restaurants closed. But there were a lot of tourists, and our hotel hosted several conferences and conventions while we have been here. Sitting in the lobby, we have heard many foreign languages being spoken, especially German. The popular restaurants are crowded, with long lines, and the two musicals we saw – A Chorus Line and Les Miserables – were both pretty crowded. Chinatown had sidewalks bursting with shoppers. Molinari’s Italian Deli in North Beach has the best Eggplant Parmesan sandwiches, so we waited in a long, long line for about an hour to devour the sandwich in 5 minutes! We visited several museums, and were in the Fisherman’s Wharf area, and they also were crowded – typical summer tourist season. So it is a bit too early to write obituaries for Fog City!
Tomorrow we are off on a cruise, this time ending up in Reykjavik, Iceland. We will be there, and on the Faroe Islands, for about a month. After being quarantined for two years, it is still thrilling, still new, to be traveling the world and discovering new sights.
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