North America Travel

San Francisco

Last August, I went to San Francisco, as the Hobbit had to go here for work. I’d never been here and I really wanted to go to California, so I joined him. I’ve been nagging him to visit LA with me for years, but this was close enough. For now.

SF Tram

Obviously, love, peace and happiness spring to mind when thinking of SF. And Full House, the 80ies TV show. (I always wanted DJ Tanner’s hair when I was a kid, but my mum bribed me into cutting my hair off whenever it grew past my ears…) But let’s not get side tracked on my past haircuts. That’s a different story. (And when I say different, I mean spikey. I am still traumatized…)

The first night, we were woken up by a pretty severe earthquake, I had never felt one before in my life, so that was off the bucket list. Our hotel withstood the force of nature perfectly, so we were OK.Our hotel was in the financial district; quite an alive area at the end of Market street, close to the Ferry terminal. Shops, supermarkets and coffee houses were present in abundance here.

SF tree red

Whenever I decided to go somewhere and looked at the map, I thought I could easily walk it, but that was quite deceiving, as things were further away as they seemed. Plus there’s the hills. So many hills. I thought about renting a bike for a week, yet biking in NL, where the biggest hill is a speed bump, is quite different. So we only rented bikes for one day to cross the Golden Gate Bridge. This was a lovely bike ride, the first bit is a bit tricky going uphill, but the ride after that (when going downhill) is actually quite nice. It comes with a ferry ticket back from Sausalito to the Ferry Terminal, so you get to do two things in one go.

We skipped Alcatraz, as I think there are more beautiful things to be seen than a prison turned tourist trap.

I also took a day trip to Yosemite National Park. Quite a ride for a day, but absolutely worth it. It was an organised tour.

SF Yosemite

During my trip to Yosemite, I hooked up with a British girl who was also by herself. I met up with her the next day to visit Coit tower as I had heard that the views from up here were amazing. They were.

SF view coit

Plus the houses around there are quite gorgeous too, with great views and lovely roof terraces for cocktails with friends. Clearly, I can easily see myself living there. 🙂 Best start saving soon. 🙂

Restaurant Le Jardiniere

We had dinner here to celebrate the Hobbit’s birthday. The ambiance of the restaurant is very nice; a big staircase leads up to the dinning area. The water/wine coolers ‘hidden’ in the balustrade were a nice touch. We were seated at a table overlooking the downstairs bar.

We chose the 5 course surprise menu with wine pairing, as we usually do in a restaurant like this. Shortly after arrival, the first amuses were served, and soon after that, our next courses followed. We did ask them to lower the pace a little bit at one point, as it went a bit fast, and we like to take our time for these dinners, it is a night out for us.

After our 3rd course, dessert was served to our surprise; that turned out to be a mistake and was corrected swiftly by the friendly staff. The food itself was well prepared and very tasty. All in all, we had a good evening with good quality food, but it was a bit pricey. We are lucky enough to be able to have dinner in nice, good quality restaurants quite often, and we don’t mind paying a little bit more for this. However, on this occasion, we felt did pay a bit more than expected, compared to similar restaurants where we have eaten before.


SF Staircase at Coit


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    25 March 2015 at 09:14

    How fun that you were able to visit SF! I’m originally from Southern California (now doing the expat thing in Europe) and have always loved my visits to the Bay Area. You definitely got an authentic CA experience with the earthquake! I’ve been through many! And you’re absolutely right about SF being extremely hilly. Sounds like you experienced a great overview of the city and I’m SO jealous you went to Yosemite too. Isn’t it breathtaking? I want to go back someday.

    Xo Beth –

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    Tall Wife
    25 March 2015 at 09:30

    It was great, I really enjoyed the vibe of SF! 🙂 Yosemite was great too, shame I only had one day there, but it’s better than nothing I suppose. I hope to go back at some point to see more of SF and to visit Nappa and Sonoma for some wine tasting! 🙂

    Whereabouts in Europe are you based? Are you enjoying it?
    xx Karen

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      31 March 2015 at 14:33

      Oops! I forgot to reply. We are in Germany and are loving it!!

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