Tuesday, July 27, 2010

San Francisco, Day 1

We woke up early to get the most out of the day. The Red Victorian Inn was run by the nicest old lady, who started the hotel back in the 60´s. Every room had its own character and theme. We got breakfast in the Peace café downstairs, and ventured in to the Haight district, which is the old hippie district. It was the centre for the hippie movement in the 60´s.

We walked along the Haight Street, only to discover that we were the only early birds there. Shops don’t open before 12 or later. We waited a bit, and as the shops opened, the street was filled with people, luckily not all too touristy. Some of the weird shops make you wonder how they keep in business at all. The atmosphere in Haight is nice, and very different from what we have seen so far. We spent much of the day just walking around the district, taking in all the impressions. For lunch we picked some tasty organic food from a local store (a lot organic stuff here), made some sandwiches and headed out for a picnic in the Golden Gate Park. The park was nice, and very big. As the night fell, the charming Haight Street showed a little more shady side, and even though there is a lot less peace and love going on there now, it is still a cool neighborhood to stay in.

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