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Last September I was lucky enough to go on the vacation of a lifetime, travelling down the coast of California – from San Francisco to LA – stopping at Yosemite National Park on the way (which you can read about here)! This post is about the first part of my trip, the 4 amazing days I spent in the city by the bay; San Francisco! Home to the 49ers, the Giants, and the Golden State Warriors, this city has everything to offer – so much so that i’m going back in June! When I was there in September, we stayed in a really lovely neighbourhood near Presidio Park. It was fairly quiet, but there were plenty of cafes and restaurants in the local area, my favourite being Tanuki, which housed the best sushi i’ve ever tasted. The only downside to staying where we did, was that it meant travelling into the hustle and bustle of the city was a 30-40 minute bus ride. Not ideal, but not something that bothered me hugely.

Most days in San Fran we woke up at about 7am (thanks jet lag) but this wasn’t too much of a problem as it gave us loads of extra time to sightsee. And eat! We tried out various cafe’s and diners for breakfast, but my favourite without a doubt was Lou’s Cafe. It might have been down to the fact it was our first day, but we stuffed ourselves with breakfast sandwiches and coffee and it was magical! The first day consisted mainly of overexcited touristy activity. We headed to the bay area to have a wonder around, and then to Pier 39 where we had a boat ride booked. It was amazing to see the famous Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island from so many different angles, and next time I go to San Fran I will 100% be doing a tour around Alcatraz prison!1234591_10153265260580224_1260753092_nOn one of the other days, we’d spent the morning shopping in the biggest Forever 21 i’ve ever seen which then of course meant having an afternoon of R&R! In the early evening, we took a bus over the Golden Gate Bridge (next time I go i’ll be cycling – much better views and you can stop for photo opportunities) and had a wonder around an area called Sausalito. It was so pretty and quaint, with lots of antique shops and fairy lights in trees. We stayed there for a wonder around, and then stopped at a restaurant for a seafood dinner. It was a lovely evening, sitting on the terrace with the most beautiful views, delicious cocktails and my first tasting of crab.

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My trip to San Francisco included walks around the Mission District (go there for amazing Mexican food) and China town (go there for amazing Chinese food) which were both such vibrant and distinctive areas. That’s the most amazing thing about San Fran, it’s so vast, but being such a multicultural and diverse city means that there are so many areas to explore with different things to offer. The thing I will remember most about San Fran though, is our last night. We’d finished dinner and stumbled on a Jazz club which had a show starting within the hour. We bought some tickets, and a couple bottles of wine and just sat and listened to some serious amazing Jazz. Anyone thinking about taking a trip to San Francisco, do not go without hitting up a jazz club, it’s essential. Also be aware, its a fucking hilly city, so be prepared for some serious leg and bum workouts.

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