First off, let me start by saying that I am very behind in your posts! And now Akismet is counting my comments as spam again, so I’m going to let them sort that out before I continue reading.
I honestly didn’t plan to do a post on my recent trip to SF, but I ultimately decided that I had enough to share. I don’t have very many pictures, mainly because when I’m not planning on writing a post, I don’t take many pictures. I took more yesterday once I decided I would be writing about the trip, but bear with me. You’ll have to imagine some of these.
We left on Tuesday afternoon for the city. Leaving around 3 p.m., we arrived around 5:30 p.m. and checked into our hotel. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Golden Gate, since we couldn’t find a single room anywhere else. Lots of events must have been happening in the city!
After we checked in, we met my cousin who lives in SF for dinner at a southern soul-food restaurant called Farmer Brown. I’m not really the biggest fan of southern food, but I must admit that the fried chicken and biscuits I had were amazing. We also had something called strawberry cornbread, which sounds odd but was actually so good.
Our show started at 8 p.m., so we left the restaurant around 7:30 and walked a couple of blocks to the Orpheum, where we saw the SF cast of Hamilton perform an amazing show. We had seats at the very top of the balcony, but I could still see everything perfectly. The show was truly amazing, unlike anything I’d ever seen before, and I hope that someday I can see it again.
We stuck around the city on Wednesday to explore and enjoy the beautiful Bay weather. Typically when I visit SF, we tend to stay near Union Square, so it was nice to visit some of the other places that the city has to offer. We started by having lunch at the Park Chalet. The restaurant is upstairs and overlooks Ocean Beach with huge glass windows and an unbeatable view.
Afterwards, we walked along the beach and enjoyed the views.
My mom, aunt, and I all have huge sweet tooths, so we decided to visit Ghirardelli Square for one of their famous sundaes. My mom and I had a sundae called Twin Peaks, which was chocolate and vanilla ice cream with their famous hot fudge and marshmallow creme. My aunt had an espresso chip sundae. Delicious, but huge and filling.
Since we were already basically at Fisherman’s Wharf, we decided to walk along the piers. Our first stop were the ships by the square, specifically the Balclutha, since I had actually spent the night on that exact ship before in sixth grade. In 1906, after the horrible earthquake struck San Francisco, the Balclutha was used to transport lumber from the Oregon and Washington areas to rebuild the city.
Walking along the piers, we stopped in an old-fashioned arcade that my aunt had visited before. I had never seen anything like it; the whole arcade was full of actual arcade entertainment from centuries before. Each attraction cost a quarter or two. It was amazing to see how different entertainment was back then!
After walking for a while, we made it to Pier 39, which I would argue is the most famous pier. It houses the Aquarium of the Bay as well as plenty of other shops and restaurants and is flocked with tourists. We didn’t stay long at this pier, but I did manage to snap a few pictures of the signs and flags.
We then walked all the way down to Pier 1 and the ferry building, which reminds me of an airport. It’s basically a big building that houses little restaurants and shops. At this time, my trusty Vans decided to give me blisters, so I wasn’t thrilled about the two mile walk all the way back to our car at Ghirardelli Square.
We left the city around 7 p.m. and made it home around 9. By far one of the best trips I’ve taken to the city!