My second day at the AIFD Symposium was a tourist day. After perusing the ‘must see’ brochures, I decided to take a walking tour of Haight/Ashbury, the hippie mecca of the 60s. Stan, the tour guide was a walking encyclopedia. Everyone we passed seemed to know him, there was a real community feeling in this neighbourhood. A highlight was walking past the house where The Grateful Dead lived and worked back in the day. This was a photo-op for all.
Chinatown was another enriching experience. I was happy to escape the hustle and bustle of the city streets and enter shops with trickling fountains and soothing music. I bought myself a little treat. A pretty pair of slippers and a silk-cover notebook.
Other excursions included a San Fran bus tour with fellow florists. One evening it was quite foggy, which prompted the bus driver/tour guide to humourously say “If you use your imagination, you can see the Pacific on your left”.
Another afternoon bus tour took us to Fisherman’s Wharf and across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito, a trendy picturesque town with pretty shops, restaurants and, of course, ice cream. Its temperature which was several degrees warmer than San Fran was very welcome.
Next post, an early morning visit to the San Francisco Flower Market. Stay tuned.