This morning, I am sitting in a pile of boxes, taking a break from unpacking and organizing (yes, I’m in the middle of a move – aren’t you jealous?!), and I am dreaming about being on a vacation. Travelling is my absolute favourite thing to do and while I have been lucky enough to travel a bit in the past, I don’t get away nearly as much as I would like to these days. I did, however, get the chance to visit San Francisco a couple of weeks ago with my boyfriend, Carson, which has been on my must-see list for as long as I can remember. And let me tell you, it lived up to every expectation I had for all those years. We were only there for a few days but we made the most of our time and saw as much of the city as we could. There really is something about San Francisco, it has a sort of energy that sucks you in, and like most of California (in my experience), the people and the overall vibe are so friendly and inviting. We spent half of our time doing the obligatory (but still awesome) touristy kind of stuff, and the other half just exploring. Oh and there was a lot of SF Beer Week thrown in there too, but more about that later.
We spent our first morning visiting Alcatraz, which was even better than expected! I have always wanted to explore Alcatraz but never really knew much about it. We ended up learning so many interesting facts (and saw amazing views of the city as an extra perk) in just a few hours. Tip: take the audio tour. I’m not usually a fan of the audio tours at attractions like that, but it was well worth it. Both old guards and prisoners tell stories and talk about their time in Alcatraz during the tour, it really makes what you’re looking at come alive. Now we just have to get back to San Fran so that we can do the night tour, THAT looks fun!!
After Alcatraz, we took a really quick walk through Fisherman’s Wharf, just enough time to see the sea lions. Spending 5 minutes with the sea lions is a must-do in my opinion, but the wharf can probably be skipped. Unless you love fighting through crowds of tourists just to eat at a generic chain restaurant while wearing your new “I <3 SF” shirt. But that’s just my opinion… I also really love souvenir shirts, so I guess I can’t judge. And I’m also not against doing nerdy touristy things; we did track down the Full House house (which by the way is PURPLE now, so disappointing), and I insisted on only riding a cable car if I could stand on the edge and hold on. I mean, that’s SO San Fran right?! That’s what the movies tell me at least!
We later spent some time wandering through Union Square, where I found the most beautiful Williams-Sonoma store I have ever seen. Floors and floors of kitchen gadgets and trinkets – I was in heaven. *Side note – comments like that make me realize I’m slowly turning into my mother. Moving on… :)* And of course no visit to San Fran is complete without taking a drive to the lookout points for the Golden Gate bridge! I already kind of alluded to the fact that I was a Full House fan as a child, but I have seriously been dreaming about seeing that bridge since the first episode of Full House that I watched. See how beautiful it is??
One other part of our trip that I have to mention is where we went for breakfast. I love breakfast and I love coffee, and typically when Carson and I are on vacation, we make it our goal to find the best and most interesting coffee shops. This time, we discovered farm:table and Beanstalk Cafe. I would highly recommend both – the breakfast we had each morning was fantastic. The one thing I can say that I didn’t enjoy was the homemade almond milk at farm:table. I use almond milk all the time and was so excited to hear that they made their own. It could have just been that day, but it tasted a little off. Other than that, it was a great place. Oh, and Beanstalk has “cragels”. A cross between a croissant and a bagel – WHAT?! I love bagels, I love croissants, I love bread, I love carbs… it’s a real problem. But the cragel made me feel like everything was right in the world.
Well, these boxes aren’t going to unpack themselves, and I have procrastinated for long enough! SF Beer Week and our adventures in Santa Rosa will have to wait for another day. Happy Saturday all!