Monday, 15 June 2015

Next stop: San Francisco

The three of us arrived in San Francisco slightly the worse for wear, oh wait, that was just me, and I'll tell you more about that little drama next week. But, for the sake of this post, let's just pretend we are all bright eyed and bushy tailed as we disembarked the plane, caught an Uber (which was alot cheaper than hailing a cab), and made our way to Hotel Del Sol, our base for the next three nights. 

Hotel Del Sol was a good base for our travels and was in a fantastic location.  It was pretty basic, but it was clean and we got breakfast too, so for the amount of time we actually spent there it suited us fine. 

My husband has been to San Francisco alot with his job, so it was quite nice to let him take the lead and show us the sights.  On the first day we started with the most DELICIOUS waffles at a place called Home Plate. The service was amazing, it had high-chairs and was child friendly, and I didn't stop waffling on about the food for the reminder of our trip!  

With very full bellies, we wandered along the seafront and I got my first glimpse of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz.

We carried on wandering along and walked to Pier 39. This was by far one of my favourite places.  Yes, it is very touristy, but, I didn't think it was in your face or trashy like some tourist areas can be.  From the pier you could watch the sea lions bask in the sun, and who quite frankly, I could have watched all day.  

Also dotted along the pier were little shops, a giant carousel and restaurants.  We stopped for lunch at Bubba Gump Shrimp.  Again, I was a bit worried that we may have chosen somewhere a bit too touristy, but the food was delicious and fresh and we had the most amazing view looking out to Alcatraz. If you have never heard of it, Bubba Gump Shrimp is a themed restaurant based on Forrest Gump, so there's lot's of film memorabilia, and the waitress even tested our knowledge on the film!  

Also on the pier was the Aquarium of the Bay.  It was a lovely aquarium and whilst it wasn't huge it is definitely worth a visit. We saw everything from jellyfish to sharks and my daughter adored the touch pool where she touched a starfish and manta-ray. 

On day two we had a lovely day trip to Sausalito which is a beautiful sea front city over the Golden Gate Bridge.  Most people tend to bike across the Golden Gate Bridge and then catch one of the many ferries back, but we went for the easy option and went by bus. It was lovely to wander along the winding streets with an ice-cream in hand. 

We stumbled across a little gem on the Friday night and found a huge food festival called Off the Grid.  It runs every Friday night at the Fort Mason Center and there was every kind of gourmet food imaginable.  There was also drinks and cocktails and live music.  We arrived around 6pm and it was really child friendly and a lovely place to go and eat.  I recommend the truck that sells curry (and they kindly replaced my poppadom when it blew away!!) and the ice-cream taco's were out of this world.  My daughter had a taste of everything then did some dancing...apparently she is quite a fan of funk! 

And so came the sad time to wave goodbye to San Francisco. I cannot recommend visiting this wonderful city enough. There is so much to do there that I think we could have spent another week exploring.  But, alas, our travels were to continue on Route 1, the Pacific Highway.  We packed our bags and picked up a hire car as we began our journey along the West coast.  Next stop...Monterey. 

Thanks so much for reading and have you ever been to San Francisco? I would love to hear any tips or recommendations in the comments below! 

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