San Francisco | Travel Diary

Hello friends!

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.


Signs outside of the Orpheum


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!



  1. July 29, 2017 / 5:52 pm

    I have never been to California before, but its the next state I hope to go to. I live in North Carolina and have been able to go to states such as Alaska, New York, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Kentucky, and Tennessee, and others, but never been to California before

    • July 29, 2017 / 11:35 pm

      You’ve been to a lot of places! I haven’t traveled to many states, but I’m lucky to live in California. I hope you get to visit someday! Thank you for reading!

      • July 30, 2017 / 5:14 am

        North Carolina is where I live. Some of the states I went to like Colorado, Alaska, and Illinois were states I went to with family as extended family trips. The special thing about New York was that that trip was just me and my mom.

        • July 30, 2017 / 12:26 pm

          New York sounds like a fun place to visit! Is North Carolina interesting? I’ve never been!

          • July 30, 2017 / 12:38 pm

            It depends where in North Carolina you go. Charlotte, where I live, is a wonderful place because of its greenways and touring productions come there. Asheville is an artsy city. It honestly depends where in North Carolina you go.

            I would go to New York again. I was 12 and I do not have vivid memories. We did visit the American Girl Doll Store and so did one of my dolls. Times Square and Central Park and National History Museum. Broadway (no New York trip is complete without Broadway) I saw Wicked and all I remember was being with mom and what my favorite song was at that age, but the impact clearly shows through all these eleven years. I want to go back to New York for a theatre-themed trip

  2. June 27, 2017 / 2:30 pm

    Wow sounded like a great time! I need to go back there soon.

  3. June 23, 2017 / 1:26 pm

    Sounds like such an awesome trip! So jealous that you were able to see Hamilton! I hear it’s awesome on stage!!

    • June 24, 2017 / 9:40 pm

      Thanks so much! Sorry for the late response – your comment went into my spam folder for some reason! And yes, it was incredible!

  4. June 20, 2017 / 4:58 pm

    I’m so jealous. You look like you’ve had a lovely time! The pictures look amazing too! Xx

    • June 20, 2017 / 5:03 pm

      Thank you! You should really try to visit someday if you can!

  5. June 19, 2017 / 9:49 am

    I have just discovered the Southern biscuit too and it reminded me a bit of the scone. Heavens but it was gorgeous and buttery. I offered my husband some but seeing the glint in my eye as I dug into it, he wisely chose to forego it. Your photos are lovely, Natalie, and drooled a fair bit at the thought of the possibilities that Ghirardelli Square must offer.

    • June 19, 2017 / 10:44 am

      Thank you! I love the Southern biscuit, it is sweet like a scone, you’re right!

      • June 19, 2017 / 12:24 pm

        Sweet is it? I had the savoury one which was laden with butter. It coated my throat with every bite I took but was I in buttery biscuit heaven!

  6. June 18, 2017 / 3:25 pm

    Hey, just to let you know – I saw that you have two new posts in my Reader, but when I clicked on them it said ‘Page not found’. I’m a bit confused 😀

    • June 18, 2017 / 4:41 pm

      They were deleted. Thank you for looking out, though.

      • June 18, 2017 / 4:44 pm

        Oh no, I was looking forward Angela’s interview 😁

        • June 18, 2017 / 7:00 pm

          I can talk about it to you more if you want to email me. I’ve decided not to go through with them. Ultimately, it was a confusing decision but it doesn’t fit with my new vision for my blog.

          • June 20, 2017 / 11:07 am

            That’s your decision and I absolutely respect it. If you need someone to talk to, I’d love to be that person 😊

    • June 18, 2017 / 10:42 am

      It’s such a pretty city! Thank you for reading!

  7. June 16, 2017 / 9:27 pm

    That sounds like an amazing trip, it makes me want to see Hamilton all the more. I’m glad you were able to share your San Francisco Trip with us.

  8. June 15, 2017 / 11:09 pm

    I’m gonna chime in with everyone else and say how amazing it is that you got to see Hamilton!!! That’s the dream right there, and I have to say between your recap post of your San Fran adventure and Jenny’s, I’m seriously considering adding it to my bucket list 😀

    • June 16, 2017 / 11:18 am

      You should go someday if you get the chance! It’s really an interesting city, and yes, it was a dream come true to see Hamilton!

  9. June 15, 2017 / 7:28 pm

    No way! You went to go see Hamilton? I hear its an amazing performance but its either crazy expensive or it sells out super fast. Your SF post makes me so sad I already miss being there. Especially since I completely missed Pier 39…. ugh we were so close but walked in the opposite direction to get to the Bridge…. *sigh* There’s just so much to see and not nearly enough time! We also went through Ghirardelli Square and didn’t get ice cream which is not okay. Every time we walked by we had just eaten so we were deathly full but I totally regret not getting it now. Im glad you had a good time and I’m even happier that you shared your SF trip with us 🙂

    xo, JJ

    • June 15, 2017 / 7:37 pm

      It’s a bummer that our visits didn’t coincide! And yes, my aunt stayed on her computer at work for eight hours just to get our tickets! The show was incredible, I have no words to describe it. SF is a busy city with a lot to take in, and to be honest, Pier 39 is really just a tourist attraction so you didn’t miss much. Most of it is for younger children, like the aquarium and Exploratorium (which is actually located on Pier 15/17). I can’t believe you didn’t have any ice cream! You’ll have to come back soon! Thanks for reading!

  10. June 15, 2017 / 5:44 pm

    WOw, so jealous you got to see Hamilton! Sounds amazing!

  11. June 15, 2017 / 2:59 pm

    So glad you were able to see Hamilton and loved it!!! I am desperately waiting for November as I have tickets to see it again. I can’t wait!!! SF looks so nice. I love the look of that beach!

    • June 15, 2017 / 3:17 pm

      I can’t believe you have tickets again! It’s sold out in SF, and very expensive! I wish I could go again!

      • June 15, 2017 / 3:24 pm

        I was very persistent the day they went on sale! I need to stop buying tickets, it is soooo expensive! Mine were cheaper because they’re “obstructed view” as they’re all the way at the side but it’s orchestra, about six rows back so I don’t care one bit!

        • June 15, 2017 / 7:32 pm

          Those sound like amazing seats! Ours were up on the balcony and clocked in around $90, but I went back on StubHub earlier today because I know my cousin wanted to see the show, but the tickets are all around $400!

          • June 15, 2017 / 7:47 pm

            Oh I know! Orchestra center are $500+ to begin with so I chose to see it multiple times at various seats instead of once in a great seat. From my experience it’s never really a “bad” seat so I don’t mind at all! Last time I was in the rear mezzanine and it was a great view as well. StubHub prices can get pretty outrageous!!

  12. June 15, 2017 / 12:22 pm

    Wow, looks like you had an AWESOME trip! HAMILTON IS MY FAVORITE THING EVER OMG! And giiiiiirl, GHIRADELLI. Makes me want to grab some chocolate right now. XD

    • June 15, 2017 / 2:23 pm

      Hamilton was so amazing, I couldn’t believe it! Thank you so much for reading!

  13. Mom
    June 15, 2017 / 12:19 pm

    It was a lot of fun!

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