I’M BAAAAAAAACK. Ok not technically, but by the time you read this I will most likely be home. Right now I’m in the hotel restaurant nomming away and typing up this post 🙂 Though I love traveling, I am excited to be home soon. I had a great trip and am going to do my best to recap it without blabbering too much.
In case some of you weren’t aware, I was in San Francisco for the past five days on a business trip. I arrived Wednesday and shortly after met up for dinner with Tara from Food and Other Things. We ate at Super Duper, a burger restaurant in SF, and it was deeeeelish. Afterward, she was kind enough to give me a driving tour of the city. One stop was the “painted ladies” aka The Full House house 🙂 Haaaaaay Stephanie! Of course we had to stop by the Golden Gate Bridge. What a beaut! Our last stop was at the Twin Peaks–a hill that overlooks the entire city. It’s truly beautiful, but unfortunately my camera did not to the best job capturing the beauty, so you’ll just have to take my word for it. Or you can Google it.
Since the conference didn’t officially start until Friday, Thursday afternoon was spent wandering the city. First stop was the Fisherman’s Wharf. Ohhhh how to describe it. Basically it is a long walkway along the water with various piers and shops and food and so many people–quite a site!
If you’re ever in SF, you must go! Along the path is the Ferry Building Marketplace which has SO many goodies–everything from delicious juices to cheeses to hats to ponchos–every afternoon. I wanted everything, but settled on a kale, cucumber and apple juice instead.
Panoramic view of the city (I’m artsy): Friday through Sunday were spent mostly working at the conference with a bit of shopping in between. The last day of the conference finished up early, so I decided to do some more exploring. I was on a mission to find Lombard Street, the crookedest street in the world. Thanks to Google Maps, I successfully found my way–boy oh boy what a tourist attraction! But then again, I was a tourist, so I totally loved it. It was much busier than I expected it to be as far as cars go–I can’t imagine living on that street! After taking my fair share of pictures, I stumbled upon the other end of Fisherman’s Wharf–Pier 39, to be exact. Pier 39 is also very touristy and is great for people watching. There were several mimes, a man unicycling and a homeless man hiding behind a bush and scaring passerby’s (sounds scary but was actually hilarious). Also on Pier 39 were the infamous sea lions. This seems to be the sea lion spot and, according to Wikipedia, there were 1,701 sea lions reported at Pier 39 in 2009. That’s crazy! All I saw were people gathered around the end of the Pier. Once I got closer, I realized everyone was looking at the sea lions. I couldn’t believe how many there were! Fascinating.
Well I’m about done with my dinner (though tempted to get dessert…) and then I’m off to the airport. Fingers crossed for a safe flight back!
Q: Have you ever been to San Francisco? If so, what did you like best about it? If you could live anywhere in California where would it be?