This is a very late post, but a few months ago, my partner and I visited one historical church in San Francisco named Mission Dolores. We always saw it every time we walked around in the Castro area of the city but we had always taken it for granted. If my memory serves me right, we didn't want to pay the admission when we first inquired about visiting it years ago. We were being cheap, LOL. Then came our dentist appointments one Saturday afternoon and we arrived early. To kill time, we decided to bite the bullet and enter.
The church itself and its garden were all there was to see but they were beautiful just the same. In fact, I wouldn't mind going back sometime and visit at a more leisurely pace. There were a few foreign tourists when we went. The US government had just lifted the border restrictions at that time due to COVID and more and more visitors to the city were coming from abroad.
One positive thing that came out from the pandemic is that I got to see more of my city and home state of California. Isn't it true that we aren't as appreciative of the sights right in our own backyard?