We decided to take a San Francisco holiday last week, and spent a couple nights up the peninsula, enjoying the sights and sounds of the City at this festive time of year. Easy to do, as we live only 55 miles south of the city.
Dinner with wonderful friends made our stay extra-special and so much fun! But any San Francisco holiday MUST include extensive walking and enjoying the outpouring of holiday cheer, some familiar and some, well, not so much. So come along with us, will you?
Sadly, a sign of the times. Read all the way down.
Macy’s window display is a delight every Christmas, when the ASPCA takes over a few to display some of the beautiful pets up for adoption. This Papillon mix stole our hearts. Too bad Riley won’t hear of us getting another dog.
Adorable equal time given to this beautiful kitty. This feline was definitely ready for a close-up! Several volunteers were on hand outside the windows to take donations and did a booming business. The Macy’s holiday windows are a “must-see” every year for most of us living in the Bay area.
And the window dressers at Tiffany did not fail to impress. I went crazy over their display this year and especially loved this. I mean, so beautifully designed! And then:
I loved this, too. Tiffany has special meaning for me. My very first Christmas gift from my husband this time around–before we’d even gotten together again–was a box like this with something special inside. The cute little gift boxes in Tiffany’s iconic blue were a perfect way to display a wedding set. By the way, did you know the name of the store is TIFFANY with no “s?” It’s a common error.
Sparkly gold windows warmed up the chilly day.
This clever way to present a dinner bill, with slots for pen and credit card, was presented to us after dinner at Fog City. Its predecessor restaurant, Fog City Diner, was always a favorite of mine; two years ago the owners re-conceptualized it and shortened the name. We met our lovely friends E and P for dinner there and we all agreed that the menu was wonderful. Corner of Battery and Embarcadero. Go.
Their owner looked a bit tough but he was thrilled when I asked to take their picture. They were a friendly pair, too.
The holiday ice skating rink that goes up at Union Square is always fun. We loved watching the kids try to keep their balance; for many this was their first ice skating attempt. This little boy kept slamming into the railing. We grew up in the snowy western New York area where we ice skated every weekend, so we felt his pain! But he looks like he’s having a ball.
Well, you know, I just had to take a photo of this. I am CERTAIN that they meant “lightning” as in “fast” foods. Because I doubt their food lightens anything but our moods. Let this serve as a reminder of the importance of spelling. This is a new location on Pine of a Mission St. place that closed.
Gump’s, where traditional Santa was on display among all the other beautiful holiday decorations. But a few blocks further on:
Santa for the rest of the world. Ho ho ho!
Gump’s always has fabulous holiday displays and it was reassuring to see this beautiful creche scene among all the baubles and bulbs. I haven’t seen many decorations that remind us of the true meaning of Christmas, as this one did.
And so: if you have a chance to enjoy a San Francisco holiday, take it.
We wish you and yours a merry week.