San Fran­cisco lays on cheer

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - TRAVEL 2013 - WANDA HEN­NIG

MULTI-FACETED, foodob­sessed, scenic, artsy – San Fran­cisco is a se­duc­tive party city all year round.

As the fes­tive sea­son ap­proaches, tall city build­ings are decked with lights, a mas­sive tree goes up in Union Square and pub­lic out­door ice skat­ing rinks open. One is at Union Square and a sec­ond is near the Ferry Plaza on the Em­bar­cadero.

Big­gest hap­pen­ing this year and the rea­son Lonely Planet chose San Fran­cisco as the world’s best city to visit in 2013 was all the water­front titi­vat­ing that took place in prepa­ra­tion for the 34th Amer­ica’s Cup.

The re­vamped Em­bar­cadero has a new Ex­plorato­rium ( the state-of-the-art mu­seum of sci­ence, art and hu­man per­cep­tion).

The TCHO choco­late com­pany of­fers tours and tastes of what can best be de­scribed as choco­late for so­phis­ti­cated palates.

An artis­tic high­light is a sculp­tural light in­stal­la­tion on the Bay Bridge us­ing 25 000 white LEDs and com­puter- driven im­agery. The artist-cre­ated dis­play dances on the bridge nightly in ev­er­chang­ing pat­terns.

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