So, I’m back from San Francisco. We shopped, ate and walked our way around the city for a few weeks and I have returned with an empty purse – As expected. San Francisco isn’t cheap and I’d mainly blame this on their craving for all things organic. Something to be proud of, but it certainly doesn’t help out your average tourists bank balance!
We had a fantastic break, but I didn’t really bond with the city. As pretty (and clean) as it is, I certainly struggled to figure it out. The guide book promised me that the town would give me ‘one hell of a ride’, but I clearly came away wondering where the entrance to that ride was. Bear in mind that this is also the guide book that told us under no circumstance should you drive, due to the lack of parking in the city. We drove everywhere, had not an ounce of trouble parking and honestly found a car extremely useful due to the layout of the land and the way the shops were so sparsely laid out.
The reason we went there was quite a few people had said that we’d love it. I had high hopes, but it took us quite some time to find the best bits. We don’t like to do the normal tourist attractions and we found it quite hard to find things to do outside walking, biking and eating.
We generally like to wander around a city when we visit, to get a feel for the local life and not be surrounded by the hoards of other tourists… Our extremely brief visit to Pier 39 was bloody awful! Why do people like to go to the same place and eat with loads of other tourists in the same spot? I just don’t get it.
Don’t get me wrong, there are lots of good bits to San Francisco and we did have a lovely time… Every meal we ate out was delicious, the people were charming, and we found the best ice cream bar ever, right around the corner from one of the places we stayed in.
During our trip, we visited LA for a few days. It really wasn’t enough time, as we didn’t get a chance to see anyone that we had intended on meeting up with. The drive back from LA to San Fran (via the Big Sur) was awesome. Some pretty spectacular scenery and luckily some decent weather to go with it.
So all in all. It was nice. I think I was just demanding more because this was one of our most expensive trips ever – We’ve been to some pretty good places. I don’t think we’ll go back to San Fran for some time and I wouldn’t put it high on my best places in the world to go, but if you are passing do stop in for an ice cream and a chat with the locals. It’s might be more for you than it was for me.
The Big Sur scenery
17 Mile Drive Montery
17 Mile Drive Montery
The obligatory bridge shot.
We were lucky enough to find a secluded section below the tourist vista point.
Off the Grid Food trucks – Some fabulous food was eaten!
You MUST go to this place. That is all.
Wind playing havoc with this shot
American sizes on a small English lad!
Redwood Trees – Muir woods
Alex got to do this after a Living Social voucher drama. Segway around Golden Gate Park
Probably a lucky escape for me ;)