If you’re going to San Francisco…

For everybody who’s actually following us here, sorry, I’ve been on a blog hiatus for a few days, simply because we were staying with lovely friends and it was a very personal experience for both of us. We discovered the quieter life of California. A couple of wineries were involved, yummy ice cream, the ocean with pelicans and sea lions, sleepy villages, loooooooooong conversations and two amazingly beautiful cats. We were so sorry to leave today (and will definitely be back)! Wind and Kevin, if you’re reading this, yes, we are family and we love you both a lot. Thank you for making the last days so magical! We miss you a lot!!!

Redwood country

Redwood country

Redwood country

Redwood country

Redwood country

Redwood country

Redwood country
Birthday boy

…and then we drove again, down the 101 as before, full of goodbye sadness but equally full of excitement of what was to come. And the journey didn’t disappoint! As soon as we hit San Francisco, we passed the Golden Gate Bridge in the best sunshine. What a blast! We parked the car just behind it (note to myself: don’t forget to pay the toll right after publishing this) and off we were, snapping lots of photos and reading up about the bridge’s history and surrounding army battery on all the informative signs posted around the area. Needless to say, the view from the bridge is amazing, especially when there’s not one cloud in the sky! Alcatraz is sitting in the centre of the bay and the skyline stands proudly to the side. Breathtaking!!!

Pacific Coast Highway

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San Francisco

Afterwards we hit a bit of the afternoon traffic but it wasn’t as bad as expected and the city itself is actually not as big as you might think. We found a safe and kinda cheap ($20 a day) parking space for the car, checked into our hostel (Green Tortoise again, which is right next to the massive Chinatown) and were off walking to Fisherman’s Wharf, which is definitely worth your while. Alcatraz is even closer up and the sea lions on pier 39 are funny to watch. There are lots of touristy places to eat and your standard tourist shops to spend your souvenir money in, but the beautiful walk down The Embarcadero towards the Oakland Bay Bridge is the real reason you wanna take this walk. It leads passed Telegraph Hill with the impressive Coit Tower on top and, when the sun sets, the bridge and the skyscrapers of the financial district light up like Christmas trees. Great view to be beheld!

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

Eventually we found back to the hostel, just to pick up our hoodies because the evening had gotten a bit chilly, and off we were again, down Columbus Avenue to find a place to eat. That wasn’t that easy because we really didn’t fancy Chinese or Italian but there didn’t seem another choice, so we caved in and had overpriced calzone and cocktails. The restaurant is not worth mentioning – it wasn’t anything special. Note to self: always google good restaurants in the area first. Tomorrow that won’t be a problem because our Seattle friends have organised a special treat for us 🙂

So, and that’s the end of today. I’m spent! Tomorrow will be another big day and I might just turn in now to be refreshed for the historic hippie Haight Ashbury, where we’ll be in the footsteps of The Doors 🙂 YAY!

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