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After the Virtual Edge conference I had a chance to spend some time soaking in the experience that is San Fransisco. (In Dan Parks terminology I added San Fransisco to my “Bat Belt of environments!”).  The day started very nicely with a fantastic breakfast at The Palce Hotel dining room, which is very grand.

IThe PalaceBreakfast!

After that I struck out into town to catch the cable car

Cable Car

up over the hill and down into the North part – Fishermans wharf.

Fisherman's wharf

Where I went to the Buena Vista cafe, birthplace of Irish coffee:

Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista

The bartender there was hilarious and entertained customers with card tricks


I spotted a Segway (amazing self-balancing machine!) tour advertised and pounced as I’ve always wanted to have a go!



The Segway was very easy to learn and quite quickly became second nature to ride.  It ate up San Fransisco’s hills too!  A bit like riding an escalator when you are heading down a hill.  The tour went out onto the local pier and then across to North Beach.

After the tour I had some of the local crab chowder in a sourdough bread bowl.  I took the tram down to explore the Ferry building and then walked back to the hotel.

Later on I headed to Chinatown for some dim sum and then up Grant back to North Beach to find “The Saloon”, an old blues bar where Ron Hacker and the Hacksaws where playing some slide guitar.  I caught a couple of songs there which was great, before joining up with Kenny and friends at the other end of the social spectrum at the Infusion Lounge for young trendies – thanks guys!

Sunday morning I did some shopping around the Union Square area, starting with a salmon eggs benedict (which is becoming a habit on this trip!) at the Daily Grill.  I got myself some Levi’s (much cheaper than in the UK!), and a book on Twitter no less, for the office.

I had a great flight back, talking to a lady who was going to Cyprus to film a documentary about the people who disappeared during the troubles there 30 years ago and a guy who is in the wine trade.  I also managed to squeeze in reading Seth Godin’s thought provoking book “Tribes“. Which I will save for another post….

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