I left my heart (again) in San Francisco

After two and a half wonderful yet exhausting days in Yosemite, we drove to San Francisco by way of the Pacific Coast Highway and my husband's true love, In-and-Out Burger.  Upon our arrival, San Francisco welcomed us with foggy, cool weather but we did our best to bundle up and enjoy our time there.  I visited San Francisco several years ago and almost didn't come home, and this time was no different.
The beautiful, yet chilly California coastline
Friday we re-visited all of the beautiful San Francisco sites like Fisherman's wharf, Ghiradelli Square, Coit Tower, Chinatown, the Presidio and Golden Gate Park.  Afterwards we freshened up and headed to dinner at Hubert Keller's Fleur de Lys for our final night.  It was a great way to bid our vacation adieu...

Chinatown's festive streets
Splitting Chowder and a Crab Melt on the Wharf for lunch
Sea Lions = endless entertainment
And then splitting an ice cream...good thing we did a lot of walking
Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park
(Un)fortunately, Hurricane Irene thought we needed one more vacation day, so our flight home was re-scheduled for Sunday.  With our extra day we walked through Union Square, trollied to the Castro for sandwiches at Ike's where we picnicked in a park, walked to Haight-Ashbury and then walked through some darling neighborhoods.  My husband wanted a nap so I spent several solo hours strolling and shopping along Fillmore and Union Streets.  We met up in Chinatown where we ate delicious Chinese food at a hole in the wall, best dumplings ever!
My A Heart in San Francisco
A cool mural in the Castro
Castro Sunflowers
Cultural Crossroads
My birthday is coming up, this would be a lovely present! 
San Francisco song lyrics door
Needless to say, I adored my time in San Francisco and left another piece of my heart there despite the cold and fog.  It's such a vibrant, colorful, diverse city buzzing with life.  I highly recommend it as a vacation destination.  I enjoyed sharing my vacation with you.  Live up your holiday weekend marking the official end of summer everyone! I'm heading to Boston tomorrow for my oldest friend's wedding but I'll be back next week with at least one new recipe and maybe even a craft project! 


Bravoe Runway said...

Hi Cara! I absolutely love San Fran, I was there about 5 years ago this time and it is a city with a lot of style and personality! I miss it, and Union Square is fantastic for shopping! Now...for in and out burger...have never been but have heard nothing but great things about that place! Thank you for stopping by and commenting! Should we follow each other?? Can't wait to read your next post!

Anonymous said...

I left my heart is SF, so that's why I moved here! Great post; you captured everything I love about the city. Your Yosemite photos from yesterday look like beautiful postcards. Thanks for sharing your vacation. I feel like I need a vacation now. Have a great weekend and enjoy the wedding!

Cynthia said...

you're taunting me with those bread bowls!!! These are some really great photos!!!!

Bravoe Runway said...

OK Doll! I am following you on Google Friend Connect and look forward to your next post! Have a great weekend :D

Melissa Blake said...

Those photos make me want to go there! I've never been! :)

Style Journey said...

Oh would love to go to SF! The photos are gorgeous!

From Suns To Moons said...

These are some beautiful photographs! If I may be so bold as to suggest another city with which to fall in love... Vancouver!

The PvdH Journal said...

I also love san francisco! when I was growing up in mexico we went on holiday about 4 times because my parents loved it so much! Unfortunately now living in london california is a long long way!

jill said...

I grew up in the city, and you did it justice with your photos! I love the Japanese tea garden!

x. jill
those ghosts

Kish said...

These pictures are ridiculously gorgeous! I can't stop scrolling through them!

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