Had a chance to get back to SFO last week for a couple of days and it was wonderful. I stayed at a little hotel...The Inn at Union Square because of the price and the location. What was a surprise was that the hotel was terrific.
I posted a review on Trip Advisor but in a nutshell it was just off Union Square and because of the price I paid I knew my room would be small and I wouldn't have much of a view - but it didn't matter. There was complimentary wine/beer and treats in the evening as well as a small continental breakfast in the morning. If you were really hungry....Morten's Steakhouse is right next door and they deliver room service.... with a hefty price. Regardless...
The location is wonderful. Cable cars down the street, the Ferry Building within walking distance as well as the SF Museum of Modern Art...which I will talk about in a bit. But what really caught me was how clean this place was. The room was wonderful, the bed comfortable, the linens high quality. AND ..... bathroom was spotless. I mean spotless with LATHER products as their amenities. Needless to say..this is a shoutout for the Inn on Union Square and I would definitely stay their again.
So ...the highlights of the trip.
Back to Hog Island Oyster Company for their wonderful Oysters. As a surprise they were a participating restaurant in the newly introduced Refugee Food Festival that is being held in different locations around the world. I had a chance to talk with the Project Manager for the SFO location and she explained that the idea is to ... on a culinary basis represent different countries around the world to broaden peoples understanding of the cultures that have been brought to them, to appreciate them and to realize that refugees are simply looking for a better way of life for their families. By sharing their culture they may be more readily accepted as well as to show their appreciation for their newly adopting countries. To learn more go to: refugeefoodfestival.com I wish them the best.
This time... the highlight of the trip was a visit to the SFO Museum of Modern Art. They were having a special exhibition of Rene Magritte's work.
Rene Magritte was a Belgian artist. His venture into the interplay of daily objects out of context established him as one of foremost surrealists of his time. Although during his time he wasn't necessarily acclaimed as a great artist due to his work as a commercial artist as well as his use of a subject matter in multiple similar reproductions.....as time went on those in the art world and beyond recognized his genius. Great artists make you look at the world - the common world in a different way...and this is what he did.
The exhibition contains about 70 works that he produced. They are extraordinary. His brilliance was in taking everyday objects and positioning them in non-everyday order. A few examples are below:
I so love to see the works of the human mind and imagination...but what most excites me is when they change our perspective of what we think of as normal and see things in a different way. Much like travel.....
If you are in SFO - I highly recommend going to see this exhibit and just enjoying his imagination. But that isn't all there is at SFMOMA......
I ventured onto a couple of other floors and walked into these....
Modern art - Pop Art - Moveable art - perspective art.....it was wonderful and overwhelming. I never finished walking through the museum. Much like the Louvre - you need to get away after awhile because it is so amazing and it becomes a mindful and sensory overload. I will go back.
The next part of this trip was a visit to the past...the history of the SFO street car and metro system.
There is a very small - and I mean small museum at the end of Market and the Ferry Building. It is a self financed museum with donated space that houses the Market Street Railway Company exhibit. It isn't big.....but it contains a lot of historical information and artifacts on the street and trolley systems of SFO.
It was a fun little museum and the people that run are wonderfully enthused about what they do and what they know......and they will share it with you. Afterwords - I couldn't help but go out and take some trolley pictures:
Finally - just before leaving ..... one last shout out.
Along the wharf we stumbled upon this little Spainish restaurant ....Coqueta. We stopped in for a Sangria and tapas.....Had Heuvos Nacionales........
I tried to take some pictures...but they just don't do this place justice. It is beautiful and the staff was wonderful. So helpful and kind and seemed genuinely appreciative of our stopping in. We were on our way back to the airport so we didn't stay long...but be assured - when I am back down in that area - they will be my next "hot spot". I will let you know.
Safe travels from BK the Travel Guy.
BK Travel Tips
To enjoy travel and see the world and often yourself as if for the first time and with with the eyes of a young child.