Posted by eemilla on October 20, 2009
Our last day in San Francisco, we awoke to fog. The weather punished me for being so grumpy on Sunday morning and not riding across the Golden Gate Bridge. My wonderful husband optimistically suggested that we run up Telegraph Hill to Coit Tower so we could we get a good view and see if the fog might lift so we could ride across the bridge. Rather than head down to Union Square, we walked up Leavenworth a few blocks then over to Hyde where we caught the cable car and rode it to the waterfront. We got to ride past Lombard, but we opted not to walk down it. We tried to catch a bus up Telegraph Hill, but much like the rest of our trip we failed to note where we to catch the bus and which number so we hoofed it. Unlike the forced march down the Embarcadero, the chilly weather was in our favor.
From Coit Tower, our chances didn’t look good for biking across the bridge. We took the Greenwich Steps down, and although the picture I took at the top of stairs looks lush, the Filbert Steps have much better scenery.
We meandered around trying to decide what to do in lieu of our bike trek. Ina Coolbrith Park and Macondary Lane and the Octagon houses were on my wish list so we set off for Ina Coolbrith based on my shorthand notes but without the benefit of a map (no free wi-fi!). We ended up finding Macondary Lane and walking through it, and then realizing that we had missed the park by a block. The park has nice views, but for the hike I preferred Buena Vista. After walking in circles to find the park, I forgot about the Octagon houses that were only blocks away (although most likely steep uphill blocks away) so we caught the cable car that runs on Mason and took it back to home base for much deserved shower.
On our last San Francisco night we dined at Le Colonial; it is a very lovely Michelin starred restaurant with elegant decor. Of course we were underdressed, but our server didn’t seem to mind. He did, however, seemed determined to sell us the most expensive items on the menu even though we did not request his opinion. Our entire meal was delicious and eclipsed by the superiority of The Slanted Door. I enjoyed an ahi tuna tartare with taro chips for my appetizer and spring roll dish that I was instructed to eat like the bánh xéo from earlier in the week. Le Colonial provided the best service of any of the restaurants we dined at, and their food was good (if not divine).