Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Mission and Castro District Walk and Food on a Sunny Friday!

Nathan lives just a block from Mission Dolores right on Dolores Street and he directed me
to Maxfield's House of Caffeine down the street where I enjoyed the local ambience, a young man telecommuting from his laptop for work in a Silicon Valley place.  Dogs outside barking and all. 
Just a short walk of four blocks on 17th to the iconic corner of 17th and Castro by Market Street here at the end of a trolley line. Notice the usual three story Victorian Buildings. 

Here at 575 Castro is where Harvey Milk's Photo store was and now an HRC, Human Rights Campaign store where a lot of souvenirs may be had.   Quite a contrast to the Castro I visited in the 1980's!  

This is the first mural I noticed on 16th Street walking up to Dolores from the 16th Street BART Station on Tuesday when I arrived. Honoring the Miwok Tribe who lived sustainably in the area at the time of the first contact with Europeans.  Interesting to learn that murals have been an art form in the neighborhood to add color and political statements over the years.  Grateful for my guide Nathan who has lived in the area for many years. 

Noticing that this Friday is such a beautiful sunny day, I returned with the idea to share lunch somewhere that Nathan could choose.  So he took me on a trip of the alleys of the Mission on our way to  Valencia where many of the trendy restaurants are located

Clarion Alley 20 year Cake! 

Outside of Gracias Madre where Nathan directed us to have a nice lunch and big tables! 

Nathan ordering at Gracias Madre.Note the big tables to invite shared eating!

The Woman's Building 
Bi Rite Store Outside

Bi Rite Store Inside

Dolores Park near the Mission Dolores High School

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