Love affair with everywhere: san francisco

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

This is absolutely one of the best cities to visit in the US. The city is unique in a number of ways, notably, the weather. It is rarely ever too cold or too warm, and even on sunny days in the summer, there may be the signature sf fog. The roads, while straight (except Lombard), are extremely 'hilly,' and the city displays an interesting mix of architectural styles. I particularly love the idea of traveling around on a trolley car versus the metro (BART) or bus. It is home to the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, the former prison on Alcatraz, famous Ghirardelli chocolate and Boudin's sourdough bread. And the city is immensely diverse, has adorable neighborhoods and some fabulous restaurants (Aslam's Rasoi was recommended to me on a previous trip and to this day, I think it is the best Indian food I have had outside of India (other than my mom's, which is beyond compare)). 

I was excited to be coming out here again, this time for a family reunion thanks to my cousin's graduation. With the exception of one cousin, who was still with us via whatsapp and text, the entire family starting with my maternal grandmother, her 4 children and their spouses, and their children and their spouses was able to get together. Three generations in the same place at the same time, such a blessing. 
 
Those of you who know me or follow here know that one of my favorite things is to see first time travelers to a place. Even more special when it is my own family! Even if I have been somewhere multiple times, I always seem to find something that leaves me in awe. I live in Chicago, and daily, am reminded in new ways why I love this city so much. That said, the majority of our group had not visited the area (or had done so years ago), so that made the trip all the more fun...a chance to experience, together. 

We only had a day to spend in the city, but we were able to accomplish quite a bit thanks to a plan of action provided by our family who live in the Bay Area. 

Saturday morning we made our way into the city starting with a crossing over the Bay Bridge to Treasure Island for a fantastic view of the bridge and the financial district. We got lucky with a rare beautiful, blue sky, cloudless sunny day! From there, we went back over the bridge to make our way to the more famous Golden Gate Bridge. For amazing views of the bridge, head over to Presidio. From there you can get some great, unobstructed shots of the bridge and walk along the bridge if you wish. After our walk, we head back into the city and parked near Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf where we had lunch with a view at Tarantino's. Along the way we saw the demo at Boudin, the famous sourdough bread bakery. Following lunch, we wandered along the waterfront to see the former prison on Alcatraz Island. By then, it was time for our afternoon snack and the highlight for those in our group with a 'sweet tooth.' You guessed it, we walked up to Ghirardelli's famous ice cream shoppe and chocolate factory. The machinery showing the chocolate making process felt a bit like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory! Our final stop led us up and down the steep neighborhood hills to 'Crooked Street' on Lombard. 

There are many more things to do and see in this wonderful city, but this is all the time we had available for this visit. 

On Monday, we head to Napa. Will finish this post shortly....

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