A Date in the Haight

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Have you ever tried being a tourist in your own city? Chris and I treated ourselves to a date in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco a couple weeks ago. It ended up being so much fun that we're planning one for a different neighborhood next week!

This was a particularly meaningful day to visit Haight-Ashbury because there were peaceful protests across San Francisco in response to a Neo-nazi press conference. Chris and I decided to skip the crowds downtown and visit the place historically known for celebrating love.

DeTour 

We started our date with an audio tour! DeTour is an app that provides guided audio-tours of historical neighborhoods around the world. (This is not an ad or a paid plug - you just really really need to know about this app.) I'd heard amazing reviews from coworkers for over a year - I'm so glad we finally tried it! DeTour guided us to specific landmarks with first-hand audio accounts by historical figures from the 1960's Free Love movement. 

(The pink apartment building shown above was Janis Joplin's home during the Summer of Love)

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 Riot officers monitoring the city and rolling by our next historic destination: The Booksmith.

Riot officers monitoring the city and rolling by our next historic destination: The Booksmith.

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Pro tip: Start reading Season of the Witch before you take this tour. It's an amazing book covering the history of San Francisco with detailed accounts of the speakers featured in this DeTour. I was half-way through this book when we took the tour and it provided so much context to everything we saw & heard along the way!

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Drinks, Dinner, and Dessert

The Alembic for cocktails

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The Ice Cream Bar for dessert (and a trip to the 1950's)

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