I spent a couple of days in San Francisco recently and it is still one of my favourite cities. On a clear day, which it always seems to be when I’m there, the crisp light and unbelievably blue sky seem unique to this place and that’s what struck me when I emerged from the BART (subway) at Union Square. This sky and the classic architecture were at the top of the escalator. San Francisco’s streets are alive and it has the best counter-culture bookstore in the world – City Lights Books. The city’s nod to the importance of the arts in its history is evident in the renaming of some streets after writers who have at least a connection to San Francisco. I never tire of this city and I’ve still only touched the surface of it.