San Francisco

Monday morning, we left for San Francisco. Our first stop was the Golden Gate Bridge. We had barely opened the car door when a cold wind slapped us in our faces. We had left Sacramento in shorts and flip flops, but San Francisco was cloudy and damn cold! We got out our sweaters and jackets, before we started the short walk up the hill to the vista point. We were lucky, because despite the clouds, the Golden Gate Bridge hadn’t been covered in the descending fog yet and we had a good view of the San Francisco Bay.

We crossed the Golden Gate Bridge and parked the car in the Marina District. We walked along the waterfront and had another great view of the Golden Gate Bridge from the other side of the bay. We also walked over to the Palace of Fine Arts.

My parents had been in San Francisco before, but they had never seen the Marina District and where quite impressed by the beautiful homes.

In the afternoon, we drove to the Golden Gate Park and took a walk through the Botanical Garden. We crossed the rest of the park by car until we reached the coast. I suggested to have dinner in North Beach, the Italian Quarter of San Francisco. I remembered a little Italian restaurant that I had been to with Viviane, when she was visiting from Oklahoma during her exchange semester.

After dinner we drove to Twin Peaks to enjoy a fantastic sunset and great view of Market Street and Downtown San Francisco. Sadly, the wind was blowing so hard that we couldn’t really stay for a long time and we were really glad to get back into the car.

We drove to our hotel, which was close to the San Francisco Airport.

After a great breakfast at the „IHOP“ [International House of Pancakes] the next morning, we decided to take the Shuttle bus to the airport and take the BART [train] into Downtown San Francisco. We got off at Market/Powell Street and saw the first cable car.

We walked a couple of blocks to Union Square, the central shopping, hotel and theater district in San Francisco. It’s a one-block park surrounded by many department and brand-name stores. We walked through Chinatown and then down Columbus Street to North Beach, the Italian Quarter, where we took a break and had some drinks at an Italian Café :)


A few blocks down, we visited the famous Lombard Street.

From there we walked down to the Waterfront and finally arrived at Fisherman’s Wharf with all its numerous shops and restaurants. Of course, we also walked to Pier 39, enjoyed the close view of Alcatraz and visited the sea lions – although there were not many this time.

We had dinner on the pier at the Hard Rock Café :)

Of course, we couldn’t end the day in San Francisco without riding the Cable Car :) We walked to the Ghiradelli Square Station and the Cable Car took us back to Market Street – the starting point of our tour. What a fun ride! We had some “Starbucks” while were where waiting for the BART train which then took us back to our hotel near the airport.

  1. Awww there are so many memories in this post for me… I was at every place that you mentioned as well. I loved SF soooo much! And that restaurant was pretty good too. ;)

  2. i love reading your travelogues! :-)

  3. man, it’s been ten years since my trip so SF. i went to almost all the places you mentioned as well – all by myself – and it was a great (and at times scary and weird) trip that i will never forget. SF rocks!

    sending you a huge *hug* hoping the goodbye wasn’t too bad… :)

  4. To me San Francisco is the best place in the whole wide world! So many fond memories of my au pair year, the best year ever! In 2005 I did a tour very similar to yours with Jörgen. Just looking at your pics and hearing about the places you’ve been visiting makes me check for flights NOW! Big *hug* coming your way!

  5. Oh Wahnsinn, das wird bestimmt ein tolles Scrapbook! ;-) Eure Fotos sind echt super toll!!

  6. unbelievable. i dont think anything could EVER top that trip! wow!!!!!!

  7. Hubby and I did that trip a few years ago and really enjoyed it. San Fran. offers so much.

  8. Oh wow. I don’t have the time to read everything now but I love the pictures. You and your family are doing so much fun stuff!

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