Wednesday, December 21, 2010
For the first time since I've lived in Norcal (twelve years), I went to see the Christmas lights in San Francisco. On this Wednesday night, three days before the Big Day, the city was bustling with tourists (when is Union Square NOT bustling with tourists?!) but the mood was calm and jovial. It was a bit breezy and overcast, but mild (temps in the high 50s). Some pictures at twilight.
|The Tree, at Union Square|
|Cable car bus, Christmased-up|
I thought the tree at Neiman was impressive. Classy. Same with Union Square, in general. I had this fear that it would be grossly kitschy, like Christmas in the Park in San Jose, or my parents' neighborhood in Sacramento. In both locations, there is EXCESSIVE lighting, and objects like blow-up Santas and reindeer strewn in the yard. In a word, tasteless.
Wow. So there is a skating rink in Union Square. Well, it is dinky. It is not Rockefeller Center. OMG I had to bring up New York. I just had to, didn't I.
Well, New York it is not, but that is irrelevant here, and making comparisons of the cities, especially at Christmastime, is not fair. Union Square is certainly charming and I will go again next December (and plenty of times before that). Next year in December, I'd love to have tea in The Rotunda. Oooh. Posh. Include food. There you go.