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Trip Report San Francisco - another pleasurable visit!

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6 nights at the Grand Hyatt in Union Square - great location - completely renovated rooms and lobby. (Beware of extremely oversoft mattresses. They put a board under the mattress for us or I would have been crippled.)

What we did:

Walking tours - Ferry Building, China Town, Mission Dolores and the Diego Rivera mural (by reservation only). The Rivera tour was fascinating, loads of information about another era from a great docent in a very beautiful historic private site. 
www.sfguides.org 

Museums - De Young - Girl with a Pearl Earring and Rembrandt's Century. See Rembrandt's Century first - etchings - followed by Girl. Audio tour for Girl was informative. Timed tickets necessary - not terribly crowded first thing in the morning even on a weekend. (This is not a large exhibit and a much smaller version will be going to The Frick in NY.)
Legion of Honor (free admission same day as De Young)
Asia Art Museum - Terracotta Warriors - not a very large exhibit, but quite unique - learned a lot of Chinese history - beautiful museum - interesting renovation to the original main branch of library done by same architects as d'Orsay in Paris.

Great view of the Bay Lights at night from the pier on the south side of the Ferry Building - quite cool. Only visible on north side of bridge.
thebaylights.org

Spent a little time in Dolores Park, GG Park, and Deboce Park.
We had very good weather and walked everywhere day and evening, but did a bit of Muni, taxis (including Lyft) and rented a car for the day that we went to the De Young. (Shinsplints lasted a few days!)

Food/Dining:
Lunch/Brunch - Butterfly, Zuni Cafe, nopa, Foreign Cinema, Barbacco
Dinner - Frances, State Bird Provisions, Cotogna (drinks in Quince first), Rich Table, Park Tavern. 
The 'new' places for us were Zuni, nopa, and Rich Table. We had wonderful meals everywhere except for Rich Table. They are trying so hard to be different that their entrees and desserts are different, but not great. Their $4 bread is not great either.

Cheese class at the Cheese School of San Francisco in lieu of dinner first night. Cheeses of Italy (6:30 - 8:30) was led by a knowledgable person in the business. We sampled about nine types from all over Italy with simple accompaniments and wine. I really learned a lot. About 25 people attended. They offer many other classes including cheese making, wine pairings, etc.
www.cheeseschoolsf.com (in North Beach)

Afternoon tea at Samovar in Yerba Buena Gardens - beautiful day, gorgeous Magnolia in bloom, peaceful open space in the city.

And some great shopping to top off a great visit. We'll be back in June!

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