There’s More To See In San Francisco
San Francisco is one of our go-to road trip destinations. Most of the time, we visit the Castro Area not only because this is the Gay District in the Bay Area where we belong, but also, it’s simply beautiful and it’s a well-diversed place to visit.
This weekend, David and I wanted to stay near the Marina District. Since we were going to spend time in the Bay Area, we figured out to bring some of memorabilia that we would give to some of his friends who live there for them to keep. Bringing David’s 1982 Gay Olympic Games- souvenir that he got from the said event held in San Francisco; and 2 art frames that David and his other friend bought from an artist.
With no hotel booked online, we just tried to find a place where we would be satisfied with the price and an assurance of internet-stability since he still needed to teach online on a Saturday night. But we ended up, booking a hotel online while driving around.
We found Travelodge Hotel in Lombard Street- Russian Hill. We got to check-in and I was so glad that we were managed by my Kababayan (fellow Filipino). They made me speak in my first language, Tagalog, and we got to know each other’s hometowns- I thought it was good. Holding our magnetic cards, we grabbed our bags while David was maneuvering with his crutches. We got in our room and took power nap.
“San Francisco is one of our go-to road trip destinations.”
After that, David needed to start his online teaching for two students in VIPKid. I decided to go out, do a little walk, find a coffee place, and do some photo walk. After an hour, all I accomplished was walking, which was a good exercise. I headed back to the room and decided to wait for David ‘till he finished teaching.
It was time for dinner. I grabbed an Uber which only took 3 minutes to pick us up, and headed to a nautical dining place, Blue Mermaid Restaurant. That night was chilly. While walking, you could see people walking towards us, looked like they’re done for the day. Some of them smelled like it’s time for them to get high and about, that smell which was breezing with the air. It made David and I looked at each other, saying that it wasn’t like that, the last time we went there (which was a daytime, and the place was really crowded, bunch of tourists around).
When we stepped into the restaurant, it was kinda’ crowded. People looking at us, as usual. We looked for the host who would give us a table (as how stated on the host’s table near the front door). It was a nice marine-life kind-of theme as expected, since it’s near the Fisherman’s Wharf, and from the restaurant’s name itself, Blue Mermaid.
David and I loved our meals that we ordered, from oysters to chowders. And our main courses that were so delightful- too bad that we didn’t finish them.
After dinner, we tried to look for a place to have dessert. We passed by this store full of treats and sweets, David wanted to eat some chocolates. And San Francisco Chocolate Store has it all. We bought some chocolates, got a double-scoop of ice cream for me. (I know it was cold that night, but it’s been awhile. Forgive me.)
Night was getting colder (maybe because of my ice cream, too), and David’s left foot was already hurting him. It’s time to get an Uber and to head back to our lodging room, calling it a day.
The next day, Sunday, we needed to see his friend who made a reservation in this endearing little cafe where European culture meets Italian cuisine- Fiore Caffe. We surely had a great brunch, we even looked like having a gay double-date, how cute was that? After handling over the art frames and gave hugs to each other, we parted ways and we decided to start driving back home.
David started driving and checked some streets that he’s familiar with for him to have a moment to compare the “before” and “now” of these places. He brought me to this “Crookedest Street in San Francisco”, which was along the street where we stayed for a night- Lombard Street. Luckily, we were able to drive by this street after seeing those tourists who were taking their selfies and videos in this landmark. And of course, we needed to document the experience, too.
I believe that there’s really more to see in this beautiful city. David grew up most of his life in the Bay Area, no wonder why this weekend trip made him a little emotional. He even said that this is part of our “Goodbye US Tour”. This city, which is mostly part of his life, is like a book for me that I need to read- to know more, not how to live in this city, but how David was able to make it to this point of being with me. It made me realize while I was sitting next to him in the car, holding his right hand, on our way home- places are going to change no matter what, but the person who’s able to live in that certain area for a long period of time, is the only one who can tell you a story of how beautiful that place is.