Welcome to my travel blog!
It's about time I start documenting my experiences abroad! This is something I've always wanted to do, so why not? Plus, people have encouraged me to write about my time traveling, so here we go!
My first entry will be about my recent trip to San Francisco!
Back in San Fran again!
A friend from Cali told me to not call San Francisco “San Fran,” but I really don’t care. Another person from Cali told me to not refer to their beloved state as “Cali,” but I once again don’t care.
Anyway, it was my second time back in the city of the Golden Gate Bridge. But seriously, what’s another name for this city other than it’s proper name? I’d call it the city of hills, or the hilly city because it’s so damn hilly.
Interestingly enough, a nickname for SF is "Baghdad by the Bay." Who knew!?
The city is definitely much different than what I remember from it the first time when I was here, which was in 2007! I remember being on a boat to see Alcatraz and a bunch of mosquitoes just nipping at me! I was just a teen back then. I have no photos from that trip because our family camera got stolen at a wedding in Detroit. That’s another blog post.
So back to SF! I flew in from D.C. bright and early (bacterial infection and all) and waited for my sis at the airport so we could jet off together and explore the town. I haven’t traveled with my sister in a while. She’s usually who I’m traveling with (or it's just me). So it was nice to see her after a few months! We checked in at Hotel Nikko. Our room had an amazing view and the lobby was beautiful. Def recommend staying there! And they give you slippers to take home! Little things make me happy.
Our first stop was to eat, so we headed to The Melt which had good reviews. It was good! We each had a mushroom burger sans cheese and we shared a Mac and cheese. Good stuff!
Next we headed to Caffe Bianco, which is owned by an Assyrian who came to the U.S. in the '70s! The ambience was similar to being in a cafe in Europe, minus the people watching. I had a brownie and espresso while my sis had a coconut filled dessert. Def will come again! Not only was the owner super hospitable (so Assyrian of him), he came over and talked to us after we were settled and enjoying our petit meal. Loved it.
We then headed to the Golden Gate Bridge. My motto of the day was, “we need to get there before sundown!” and I literally said it every time we tried to squeeze in another attraction to see. It was already around 3:00 and the weather app on my phone said sunset was at 5! Btw, our Uber driver to the bridge and from the airport to our hotel were both strange and couldn’t drive. They were rated accordingly.
That said, as we got to the bridge and saw the fog, our Uber driver says, “oh yeah you should’ve came before 3:00, since in the winter, now it’s winter, the fog sets at 3.” Thanks driver! We got off at the welcome center to see the word “Welcome” in my native language inscribed on steps nearby the bridge. After trying to take decent pics with the sun shining, we were satisfied and walked over to gaze at the Golden Gate Bridge. I noticed a net tied under the bottom of the bridge ... in place to catch people attempting suicide. I just stood and reflected on that for a bit.
Our next place to see was the Painted Ladies. I initially thought that’s where the Full House house was, but it wasn’t! It was beautiful! The architecture was gorgeous and the adjacent Alamo Square is worth a stroll. You'll get a nice view of the city in the distance.
After walking about 25 minutes we arrived at the Full House house which literally had no other admirers except my sister and I. We managed to get there before sunset! The front door had a different paint color that what is shown on the show apparently and a city sign hung in the bay window. Too bad visitors aren't allowed to enter the home. Cameras stare back as you take pictures of the exterior. My sis wouldn't let me sit on the stoops!
That wraps it up for day one in San Fran!
Stay tuned for day two! Feel free to leave a comment, question or suggestion below if you have 'em!