Saturday we took my friend Mike to the same place we take every single guest visiting from out of town. To the tower at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. It is a beautiful walk from our house, up the Panhandle and through the bottom of the park. Not only is the tower a spectacle itself (designed by Swiss architects Herzog & De Meuron, check out one of my favorite buildings by them here), but the view is just amazing. You can see the top of the Golden Gate Bridge and out to Marin, you can see all the way downtown to the Transamerica Pyramid building. It's phenomenal. It is always a winner. It also overlooks the incredible California Academy of Sciences. Stunning! And free!
We mosied over to the Japanese Tea Garden afterwards to see the fish and have tea and a snack. Have I mentioned how much both the kids are in love with Mike?
When we got home, much later in the afternoon, these guys snuggled up to read and rest while I made bánh mì. I guess they love their dad as much as they love our pal Mike. Another one of those days that makes you never want to leave San Francisco.