Do you ever get that feeling when you want to re-live a particularly pleasant memory by looking through the myriads of photographs you have taken? I must admit, I do often get carried away and go all trigger happy with the camera or my iPhone and end up taking loads of photos; thank goodness for digital cameras we are so lucky to have in the 21st century, not the meagre 24 or 36 frames on film! Sometimes I get a bit of an internal struggle and think: yeah, yeah, keep snapping away, you won’t even look at them afterwards – why do you bother? No, I do look through them, so I will take as many as I can! Is this weird?
I have been looking through my Photos app earlier this evening, remembering the thrill I felt every single day of our trip to the beautiful city of San Francisco back in November 2014, so yes, it is worth taking loads of photos!
I was inspired by Jackie R’s blog post Give Me Ghirardelli to look back through my own San Francisco photo archive – and doing this brought those good memories back. What a truly great city San Francisco is! We “killed two birds with one stone” – explored San Francisco (although Simon has been there many times before, whereas it was the first time in the US for me) and caught up with our good friends who live in Silicon Valley. It was really amazing to see them again after so many years!
We were staying in the Fisherman’s Wharf area, in a very nice Kimpton Hotel called Argonaut. Apart from being a very nice place to stay, it was a great choice for anyone visiting the city for the first time as it is a stone trow away from the busy Fisherman’s Wharf area (very touristy) and is on the end of the Powell/Hyde cable car line that takes you to the city centre. The famous Buena Vista Cafe is within 2 minutes walk, and you can have a lovely walk along the Aquatic Cove to see the beautiful sunrise (that is what we did on the first morning as we were awake a 5am). Shame there was too much fog over the Golden Gate bridge that morning, otherwise we would have been able to see it from the end of Aquatic Park Pier. But we still got to admire some spectacular views.
Dewy grass near Maritime Museum
Sleepy city is waking up with the first ray of sun
I’d like to be this flower to be able to see this view every day (somewhere in that for is the Golden Gate bridge waiting to be revealed).
View up Hyde Street
Gorgeous splash of purple colour outside of the shop
A writing on the wall of the toilet cubicle in Fisherman’s Wharf (there are indeed many homeless people in San Francisco).
Amazing San Francisco’s sourdough creations at the Boudin’s bakery
It’s a must have food in San Francisco – Clam Chowder at Boudin’s
Beautiful ripples on the water
The beautiful Oakland Bay bridge
The famous San Francisco fog over the hills on the way to Santa Clara – a view from Caltrain.
I really want to go back to San Francisco one day, we have not got a chance to go to Alcatraz, and (I can’t believe it!) we did not go down the legendary Lombard street! One day…