December 29, 2009
While Teddy recovered at the hotel from her Sweet Dish sugar overload, Nibs went for a walk through North Beach. Nibs wondered why San Francisco's "Little Italy" was named North Beach when there is clearly no beach around. A local told him that 200 years ago there indeed was a beach in this area, but when settlers arrived they filled it in. Interesting!
Nibs' first stop was at Savoy Tivoli on Grant Street, a coffee house where Nibs used to hang out with his bear friends when he was just a wee little cub. We're talking pre-Teddy days.
Next Nibs checked out Caffe Trieste, where beatnik writer Jack Kerouac would read poetry. Jack wasn't the only famous person who lived in North Beach. So did baseball great Joe Dimaggio who was married to Marilyn Monroe for a while.
Lastly, Nibs stopped into a cigar shop. Nibs just loves North Beach. It's all about coffee, books, cigars, bohemian conversations and strolling. It was really a Nibs kind of day.