The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.
Never has there been truer words. Well, maybe there has been….but in this instance, Mark Twain is spot on….especially since I’ve never been so cold in July.
Recently, my two girl friends and I traveled near and far to make a weekend escape to San Francisco …or better known as the City by the Bay, Frisco, San Fran, Fog City, the Golden City, etc etc etc…
Luckily, I saved up enough points for a free one-way flight on Southwest up to San Francisco (yay!). Since my trip was only 3 days long, I stole my fiance’s weekender bag to use as my carry on (I hate checking bags).
Prior to my trip, I saw that fellow Boston blogger (Caroline Winn) made a trip here too. Originally, I was planning on taking a Lyft or Uber from the airport to the apartment I was staying at. She suggested taking the BART instead (the train)…which ended up saving me a ton of money. For fellow travelers, you can hop on the BART train at the airport. Just look for the signs! A train ticket to the Civic Center (that’s where I got off) was only $8.65. From there, I then took a Lyft. Overall, it cost me $19… much better than a $60 cab.
From there, the weekend flew by. We were staying at the cutest apartment in the Marina neighborhood, making it super easy to get everywhere.
Each morning while my two friends got ready, I walked over to Union St. for breakfast & coffee at La Boulange Bakery. If you recognize that name, they
have had two dozen locations in San Francisco and had recently been bought by Starbucks. Unfortunately, Starbucks closed all of them down. Ugh.
Some of the places we explored: Pacific Heights, Nob Hill, the Financial District, the Ferry Building Marketplace, Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, North Beach, Chinatown, Fort Mason, Crissy Field, Golden Gate Bridge, Haight Ashbury, Union Square, the Lombard Street squiggle street, the Palace of Fine Arts the Civic Center and a million other little streets and neighborhoods in between.
Like I said in my US News interview, I highly suggest taking the hop on / hop off bus tour. We did that for one day and explored the city on foot the other two days.
On Sunday, we made our way back to Haight Ashbury to explore the thrift stores. We stumbled across a street poet. You pick the price and subject and he writes you a poem. Leaving San Francisco a few hours later, it made for the best souvenir I could have taken home with me to remember such a great weekend.
“The Beach” by Lynn Gentry (Haight & Ashbury – July 6, 2014)
We only saw the beach
before we remembered
that we can swim
But would it be different
if we went back again
As you have said too little
and I have said too much
But with company
I’ve seen but never touch
So if to the beach we got away
and could stay remain for the day
Would sink, swim or would we talk