north beach has always been one of my favorite neighborhoods and on tuesday jacob and i played hooky on the grocery store and set out to explore. Behind Coit tower are the filbert steps. the gardens and homes are beautiful, and feel very secluded from the rest of the city. we ate foccacia bread that we grabbed from a 100 year old foccacia shop, complete with a stereotypical italian family who wrapped up our onion bread in paper and twine. it was wonderful to have a mini vacation from our responsibilities in our own city.