San Francisco Will Steal Your Heart

There are so many words that can be used to describe San Francisco. Where should I start? Beautiful, friendly, picturesque, hilly, amazing…..the list goes on. Imagine a climate that doesn’t fluctuate too often. A steady 15-20 degrees year round. None of this winter and snow silliness. You could wear skirts, dresses and light jackets year round. The one draw back of the city and area is that it is prone to earth quakes. You win some and you lose some.

 

So glad we got to watch a California sunset.
So glad we got to watch a California sunset.
KNuggs and I under a mini bridge at the Golden Gate Park.
KNuggs and I under a mini bridge at the Golden Gate Park.

Getting around town was pretty straightforward. San Francisco transit is easy to navigate. I was pleasantly surprised with all of the friendly transit drivers. They never seemed crusty and were always yelling out “hold on!”. Must be the San Francisco tag line. The roads are very hilly, and there were a few times that I thought the bus was going to lurch forward and go rolling down, taking out cars left, right and centre, thankfully that never happened. You certainly get a lot of bang for your buck too. It costs $2.00 to ride the transit all around town for about a 6 hour interval. We are getting ripped off in Ottawa and Toronto whereby fares are upwards of $3.25.

It isn’t a trip to. San Francisco without seeing a couple of famous landmarks! Most notably the Golden Gate Bridge. It was a tad windy, but beautiful nonetheless. It was a gorgeous day when we saw the bridge. I think one of the funniest things I saw was a gentleman trying to take a selfie but had his smart phone on this extended pole so he could get more picturesque scenery in the background. I actually laughed out loud for a good minute. I offered to take his photo but he seemed content with his extended pole. Another landmark bridge is called the “Bay Bridge” that leads to Oakland. At night it is beautiful since it lights up.

 

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Scenic and Beautiful from the Golden Gate Bridge Area
The Bay Bridge at night with awesome light displays.
The Bay Bridge at night with awesome light displays.
Does this house remind you of a favourite mid-90s show? Ahem....think Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen?
Does this house remind you of a favourite mid-90s show? Ahem….think Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen?

I think I may have found the best city to retire in, Sausalito! Just a quick 20 minute ferry ride from San Francisco. It has amazing views, delicious restaurants, and the friendliest of people. I think we may have been the youngest people there, as it was a sea of silver headed people, but it was still worth it to visit.

 

Perfect Retirement City
Perfect Retirement City
Very quaint and pretty pier area in Sausalito.
Very quaint and pretty pier area in Sausalito.

 

Holy Talhito! The food in San. Francisco is phenomenal! I didn’t have a bad meal anywhere. We actually ate a variety of foods, Japanese, Thai, Mexican, Classic American, and visited some food trucks. The food truck night was probably one if my favourites. Canada really needs to get more on this band wagon. It turned into an all night affair. Dinner food trucks, dessert trucks, and then a. DJ spinning some club banging tunes and lastly some entertainment stations should you feel up to it.

Loved the Food Trucks! And not to mention the plethora of alcoholic beverage options.
Loved the Food Trucks! And not to mention the plethora of alcoholic beverage options.

 

Can we talk about the shopping for a minute. Shopping in the US is always different than what we have in Canada. Many more designers have their own boutiques, and the sales are often much better!.  We stumbled upon Nordstrom Rack (http://shop.nordstrom.com/c/nordstrom-rack). For those of you not familiar, it is kind of like Winners, but 10 times better and more organized. KNuggs snatched up 3 pairs of designer denim all for the price of 1 pair regular priced. I grabbed a pair too. I also got really excited for Uniqlo (a Japan favourite) (http://www.uniqlo.com/us/) and Madewell (https://www.madewell.com/index.jsp). Both of these stores do not have locations north of the border.  If you are a vintage shopper, you will be in for a treat! On almost every street there were some kickass vintage stores!  Be sure to check out Wasteland (http://www.shopwasteland.com/)! We lucked out finding some old school desert boots and some vintage Levis cutoff shorts!

We found the Marc by Marc Jacobs store!
We found the Marc by Marc Jacobs store!

Make San Francisco your next travel destination. You won’t be disappointed. In fact you may leave part of your heart there, like I did, and wish you didn’t have to come home.

Beautiful Architecture and Mini Cityscape Scene.
Beautiful Architecture and Mini Cityscape Scene.

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