As a kid, my parents sent me postcards every time they travelled to different countries and I have a distinct memory of the one my mum sent me from San Francisco. It had the Golden Gate Bridge on it, all lit up at night. I must have been about 5 but I had always hoped to visit the place on that postcard. I still keep all of these postcards in a box somewhere.
I did not leave my heart in San Francisco but in October this year, my husband and I embarked on our honeymoon to the United States. Our first stop was this beautiful city by the bay, San Francisco. Our journey there on the plane felt like it was never ending at 15 hours but we were happy to land.
As much as we were tired and had been awake for hours, the excitement of being in a new city and continent altogether was exhilarating. We stayed in the Union Square district of the city which was central and definitely touristy. Actually most of San Francisco is touristy! Everywhere we went, there were queues but it’s got to be done to tick some of those things of the list- things one needs to do in San Francisco.
I don’t mean to go on but jet lag was a killer but when we surfaced some 24 hours later, we went on a bus tour. One of those hop on hop off double decker bus things, but I would definitely recommend it for those of you that don’t have a lot of time in a city and would like to explore and see the best bits. It was easy and convenient especially in a place like San Francisco, where it’s vast and hilly. Fleet week was going on the week we were in the city which was great. For those that don’t know, fleet week is when the US Navy and Coast Guards dock and there are loads of activities that happen at port. We bumped into a parade that started at Pier 39 and saw some sailors!
San Francisco is a beautiful city. I loved the architecture of the terrace homes similar to ones like in the movie, Mrs Doubtfire.
View of the Coit Tower and Bay Bridge
Crookedest street- Lombard St
We spent 3-4 days in the city (including time to recover after flying) and we managed to cover most of the highlights including Golden Gate Bridge, Pier 39, Alcatraz, ate lots of good food and climbed and walked a lot up and down the slopes of San Francisco.
One of the many street cars around
My most favourite thing by far in San Fran was the cable car ride. We did two on the entire trip and would have done more however the queues were always long. Although it is a typical thing to do, it is a must! It was exhilarating going up and down the steep slopes, a bit like a subtle roller coaster.
Hope you enjoyed this travel post. Please let me know what you think, I’d appreciate the feedback xx