Black Friday, the Day After Thanksgiving 2012
The day after Thanksgiving is a very fun day, at least for me. It is a day when San Francisco teems with locals and visitors alike. Crowds gather in Union Square around 6 pm to witness the lighting of the gigantic Christmas tree sponsored and put up by Macy's year after year.
It was said that one time, many US politicians came to town for some important event. The Republicans stayed at the Mark Hopkins while the Democrats chose the Fairmont. I wouldn't doubt this at all. President Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, both Democrats normally stay at the Fairmont whenever they are in town.
I have seen the Fairmont before it underwent its remodel years ago. The lobby used to have a black trimmed carpet. I actually prefer the way the lobby looks now.
From the Fairmont, we walked down the hill and proceeded to the Sir Francis Drake Hotel.
My most favorite place in San Francisco, Union Square. This was taken after the tree lightning ceremony. As you can see, there were thousands of people there that night. It is one of the few times of the year when shopping in the area becomes a bit challenging given the crowds. It is fun though, a lot of fun.
This is Neiman Marcus, also called Neiman Mark-Up by some people. Now this is definitely an uber hip and uber expensive store I love walking around in to window shop and shop. There is likewise a cafe/restaurant right under the store's impressive glass dome. It is a must see and a must visit for every visitor to the city.