One Sansome Street
Continuing toward Union Square, we detour down Maiden Lane to visit Gumps and see all the presents and truly unique gifts ready to be gifted, ready to go home with someone.
Holiday at Gumps, silver octopus
We resist the urge to take home either of the silver octopuses (if you follow this blog, you know about my octopus addiction) and head over toward Macy's to see the holiday window decorations, particularly the kittens seeking new homes (sponsored by the SPCA). Stockton Street outside Macy's has been dug up for the new subway and is turned into a holiday fair for the season, complete with music, food, and beverages.
Kitties seeking homes
Walking around the block, we come into Union Square, just in time for a Hanukkah festival with lighting of the candles on a large menorah in the square. The music and the ceremony is impressive and a new experience to us and we pause to watch, experience, and enjoy, then wander across the square to the outdoor ice skating rink.
Tree and menorah
Macy's facing Union Square
Ice skating in Union Square
From Union Square, we cut across town past the Bank or America building, the Transamerica Pyramid, then over to Jackson Street to reach Kokkari, our favorite restaurant in the city. Along the way, we experience more holiday decorations.
Lights at 555 California (Bank of America Building)
It's been a few months since we've dined at Kokkari (start well in advance for a reservation), but we are remembered and have another great meal, starting with saghanki (pan-fried cheese) and octopodaki (grillled octopus), followed by grilled lavraki (sea bass) and goat stew. Accompanied by wonderful smells, tastes, and memories.
Lavraki and goat stew
After dinner, we stroll back to BART, passing more great decorations, something new in every block.
More great decorations
We've had another wonderful evening in San Francisco, walking, exploring, enjoying the sights, and dining incredibly. We always enjoy coming into the city, but this is a special holiday treat!