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IT'S ALL IN A KISS

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“Does he love me I want to know.
How can I tell if he loves me so?
Is it in his eyes?, Oh no!
It’s in his kiss, that’s where it is.”

The Shoop Shoop Song.

Ah, yes, it’s all in his kiss, so if you’re lucky enough to be San Francisco for Valentine’s Day, the romantic city by the bay where Tony Bennett left his heart, here's five interesting places to share a kiss on St. Valentine’s Day

For a 365-sweeping view of San Francisco, the East Bay, The Golden Gate Bridge and Marin, there is only one place to kiss your sweetheart, Hamon Tower at the top of the de Young Museum. The elevator jets you to the top of the world in an eyeblink. De Young Musuem, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., Golden Gate Park. deyoung.famsf.org

If it's nature and a little science that makes you swoon, grab your sweetheart’s hand and walk across the grand concourse to the living rooftop of the Academy of Science’s and share a Valentine kiss on the roof’s lush canopy of plants amidst the densest concentration of native wildflowers in San Francisco. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr/, Golden Gate Park. www.calacademy.org

Are you ready for heart thumping views and little exercise? Put on your walking shoes and climb to the top of Filbert Steps on the east side of Telegraph Hill. This famous stairway, all 377 steps, ascends past views of fragrant flower gardens and some of San Francisco’s oldest residence. If the wild parrots are feeling amore, they may fly in and join you. Once you catch your breath, this is a grand spot for a Valentine kiss.
On Filbert Street between Samsone Street and Telegraph Hill.

Maybe you are dreaming of a cozy restaurant replete with a view of the Pacific Ocean, and something a little more romantic. Share a kiss at the Cliff House, perched on the cliff above Ocean Beach, with an expansive view as far as the eye can see. Come early and catch the sunset by a window table. Maybe if you are lucky, you’ll catch the sunset, the fog rolling in, dinner and a kiss. 1090 Point Lobos Ave (Upper Great Highway) www.cliffhouse.com

Alas, for a majestic feeling of days gone by, The Palace of Fine Arts, originally created for the 1915 World’s Fair by visionary Bernard Maybeck, has numerous spots to kiss. Stroll under the grand columns, or park yourself on a bench overlooking the lagoon, home to geese, ducks and swans, and kiss until your heart’s content.

Happy Valentine’s Kiss!

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