Monday, June 11, 2007

San Francisco - Sunday & Monday

Chris and I are in San Francisco for WWDC this week, although Chris has been spending much of his time with Apple folks and other professional computing types, while I've been trying (somewhat unsuccessfully) to find something new to do. I've been to San Francisco a few times before and have managed to see mostly everything I really wanted to see, and knowing that Chris would most likely be busy during the day with conference sessions and parties at night, I tried to find something that seemed interesting, but nothing really stood out. I found a few churches that looked as though they might be interesting, and thought the Presidio might be neat to see, and Angel Island.

We arrived Sunday afternoon - Justin retrieved us from the airport and dropped us off at the hotel - after which I have to admit that I can't remember what we did. We had heard of a party at 111 Minna, so we gamely traipsed over and had some rather good food and mingled with various other conference attendees.

Monday, being the day of keynotes, had Chris heading on over to the Moscone Center, so I decided to see the churches I'd thought might be interesting. I first went to was the Shrine of Saint Jude Thaddeus, a small but lovely shrine housed at St. Dominc's. It was, though, a rather long walk - over a mile from the hotel, so by the time I got there I was a bit cranky. But I had all the time in the world, so I took my time in getting to Grace Cathedral, which was absolutely gorgeous. Huge, almost Gothic, with lovely stained glass windows and paintings that were painted on the stone walls. There were two labyrinths - one inside the church, and one outside - which was a feature I'd never seen before in a church.

By this time, it was early afternoon (I had left late morning, an hour or so before lunch) so I wandered slowly back to the hotel, cursing myself for thinking that these churches weren't as close to each other (and more importantly to the hotel) as I had thought. My sleep pattern was still a bit off, so I wound up napping the rest of the afternoon, then meeting Chris for a light dinner before he went off to have dinner with some Apple compatriots.

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