Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Hotel California: San Francisco

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This post is seriously photo heavy but I cant help it San Francisco won me over completely. The weather was beautiful (well for two out of three days), our hotel was charming (yup we literally stayed at the Hotel California) the people were friendly and the food, well the food was amazing. If people asked me what to do if they go to SF, I would tell them to eat as much as they can. I had the best sandwhich of my life from a little cafe called Mango and the best pancakes of my life from Mamas.Two 'best of my life' in three days doesn't happen very often.

Apart from the food though San Francisco was absolutely beautiful. It gave me the impression of being a big city but with small town charm. I think there would be lots of hidden gems in the city that the locals keep under wraps, but I think I will be back one day to hunt them out.

The highlights of the trip were Alcatraz which has been on my bucket list since my early teenage years and riding across the Golden Gate bridge. I haven't rode a bike that far in a long time so was pretty impressed with myself for making the 18km trip. The only downside was my hands got seriously sunburnt from holding onto the handlebars, it was a little crazy walking around with tomato red hands for the next three days.

We also visited Muir Woods to see the Redwoods and as fate would have it both of our cameras went flat just before we got there. We managed to snap a few photos on our phone but sometimes its just nice to soak in a place rather than getting carried away with capturing the moment. It was so breathtaking and I definitely felt like I was in a place of peace. It was a nice little refresher before emerging back in the city for Mexican and then spending half an hour in the grocery store buying American chocolate and lollies. Australia just doesn't have enough peanut butter related products.

14 comments:

  1. I'm glad it was a photo heavy post because they're all gorgeous! I love the last photo a lot, I wish I could live in a place like that.

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  2. Oh my gosh, I love San Fran! Your pictures are stunning and so reminded me of my trip there a few years ago!

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  3. I spotted a H&M skirt with horses on- I own that! I love it soooo much. Great sunny pictures and tasty looing food

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  4. the UK also doesnt have enough peanut butter related products, someone bought Reeses Peanut cups into work yesterday and I devoured about 10 (oops).

    San Francisco is definitely high on my list of places to visit, it looks amazing and your photos make me want to go even more. I also want to try the amazing food - two best evers is pretty impressive!

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  5. all the places look stunning! i'd love to be there one day :)

    xxxx

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  6. Awwww, I love seeing all your SF pics! Looks like you packed a lot into your time here, which makes me happy. :) Muir Woods is stunning--glad you did that! And the food, well, my goodness. You could eat out every meal and at different ethnic places and still not get through the city in years!

    You look so cute in front of the Golden Gate Bridge!! I drive over it at least two times a week and after 8 years here, it's still magical every time. :)

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  7. Another wonderful post, Megan. San Francisco is on my list of must-see places... I even have a cousin there, so I really should make a trip down the coast soon!

    Love your photos. The one of you and the Golden Gate bridge is fab!

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  8. Your photos are looking so amazing! Is this a new camera? I've always wanted to see the houses (in the last photo) it makes me think of Full House :) Can't wait to see more of your trip. x

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  9. OMG the COLOURS! They make me so happy! :)

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  10. You look so pretty in those photos and that food looks AMAZING! I'm so jealous, I've always wanted to go to San Fran! My bf went there this summer and he has some of the EXACT pictures you have - too funny. If you want to check out a great SF fashion blog: Atlantic-Pacific is great! :)


    With Love From Michigan

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  11. Great pictures! I LOVE San Francisco--totally my favorite city! I lived there for 4 months during law school and it was amazing. Mama's is one of my favorite breakfast restaurants there--so glad you found it! :)

    ~Tiffany
    http://tiffanyd22.blogspot.com

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  12. This makes me want to go back to SF so bad! I've only been once but loved it... and it definitely does have that "small town charm." I really want to do Alcatraz as well. Glad the weather was good for you- I know it can be cloudy and cold a lot out there. I was totally shocked when I packed for summer (We were going to CALI in the middle of July after all) and had to go buy a sweatshirt when we got there! Haha

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