Summer Tales – San Francisco

I am recapping the three weeks of fun that I had with my family this summer.
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Friday (8/5) was traveling day for us. We left Las Vegas McCarran Airport in the late morning and arrived back in San Francisco in the afternoon, where we had to pick up a new rental car and drive to our hotel in the East Bay. We spent the evening at my friend Susi’s house, who had invited us for a yummy BBQ.

The next morning (8/6) I took my parents and Basti out for breakfast in Rockridge at the “Rockridge Café“.  J’s Mom used to live in Rockridge for a while, so I am pretty familiar with the area and knew a few good restaurants and where to take people.




We had a delicious American breakfast and enjoyed the casual atmosphere.



… this scone, by the way, was freshly baked and absolutely fantastic!


After a short drive-by through Berkeley and UC Berkeley, we dropped our car off at the hotel and took BART to head into the city.




We got off at Powell Street and set off on foot to Union Square. We made a quick stop at “Niketown” (for my Dad and Basti) and then strolled through Chinatown and North Beach to Fisherman’s Wharf.


Union Square


Cable Car on Powell Street


North Beach





North Beach


Saints Peter and Paul Church and Coit Tower


After some souvenir shopping, we had dinner at “Bubba Gumps”. Basti remembered the restaurant from their last visit in 2007 and insisted on eating there at least once. I didn’t object – although it is a very touristy place, I kind of love the whole “Forrest Gump”-themed setup.







By the time we left, it had gotten dark and pretty chilly outside, which made it easy to agree on taking the “Streetcar” from Pier 39  back to the BART station. Unfortunately, we weren’t the only ones with that idea and so we found ourselves waiting at the Streetcar station with a whole bunch of other people. Three streetcars passed us by without even stopping because they were already filled to the brim with people, and eventually we decided that walking might keep us warmer than waiting for a streetcar that had room to pick us up. We made it back to the BART station in about 20 minutes and we were all happy to get onto the warm train that took us back to our hotel.

… stay tuned for more.

  1. I love these happy pictures of you with your family. I need to ask. Did J. come along at all? Or did he have to work?

  2. san fran is a beautiful area, looks like you had a great time! thanks for sharing this and have a great weekend :)

  3. What an epic trip! I remember San Francisco, I loved that city so much (and we met up there!). You must’ve had so much fun, and you got to see so many places.

  4. holy mother… the food in this post makes me drool all over the keyboard. i love SF <3

  5. Loved the food in Bubba Gumps. So yummy!!!

  6. awesome blog and i love the photos :)

  7. aww, I just came across your blog and I love it! Your family looks so darling and you are so pretty!



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