Sunday, February 21, 2010

The 49 Mile Scenic Drive

The 49 Mile Scenic Drive is a route round the city of San Francisco and its environs, opened in 1938 as a promotion for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition. By following the blue and white seagull signs pictured above, you can get great views of lots of San Francisco landmarks, including The Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, Cliff House, The Presidio and the Embarcadero.

My husband and I had a great time driving the route on Friday, and aside from a couple of points where the signs were either hidden by trees or missing, we found it pretty easy to follow. First stop was the Ferry Building, which I have driven past many times before. I had no idea of the treasures contained inside!

In the 1930’s it was the second busiest transit terminal in the world, and even today it is still a busy terminal for ferries across San Francisco Bay. We popped in looking for the rest rooms and were surprised to find a wonderful marketplace, absolutely humming with people and some fabulous food shops. From incredible greengrocers:-

to fantastic fromageries and artisanale bakers,

it’s a true foodie paradise. There was even a beautiful antique store full of home and kitchen-related items called Culinaire.

We could have spent hours exploring, but we had a lot more ground to cover. I’ll share more of our adventures tomorrow :)

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