So this blog entry is about a week late, but I haven't been in much of a blogging mood. Also ever since we've been back, work and school have been pretty crazy for us. (Yes, I said School, Shad's first day was yesterday... yuck) But, on the bright side, we had an AMAZING trip to San Francisco. It was a nice last big trip to take together before baby, and a wonderful way to see our friends, whom we missed so much this past year. We, of course, were the ultimate tourists having never ventured over there before. We saw as much as we could possible fit into 5 days. San Francisco is a CRAZY place!! Certainly a place that you visit, not a place I would ever want to live! Out hotel was pretty ghetto, and in an area that wasn't too "safe" in my opinion. But we still managed to make it work and have a great time. Kjirstin was our tour guide and had the whole trip mapped out for us, and knew exactly where to go. It was fun getting around everywhere on the buses, cable cars, and subway systems, especially with someone who knew what she was doing! That city is so international, we saw all the major little "towns" and sampled the fine cuisine of each Chinatown, Japantown, Little Italy, and the Mission (Mexican food). We saw all the tourist spots and attractions. I took about 600 pictures of the trip, ... so I will let the picture tell you everything we did. Here's our trip in pictures (The condensed version!) :
Day 1: Shad and I arrived there about half a day early, so we just walked around not really knowing where to go, and happen to run into City Hall, it was a beautiful building inside and out!
Day 2: Kjirstin took us to her old work where she interned for two years, and we got to see the inner workings of the traffic lights, and cameras! It was actually very cool...not the usual tourist spot!
We also visited Alamo Square/Full House Park, where you get an awesome view of the city.
We got fortune cookies at Chinatown! Yum!
And stopped at Japantown!
Day 3: We saw lots of pretty flowers and gardens at Golden gate Park.
Then we ventured over to the windy beach. SO WINDY!
Then we made our way over to Lombard Street/Crooked Street. This place was packed with all sorts of tourists, and cars lined up to drive down.
Next we walked over the Ghirardelli Square, where we got FREE chocolate samples!! And saw how they made the delicious chocolate.
Day 4: We finally made it to the BRIDGE!! My personal favorite stop of the trip!! This bridge is so amazing, and so beautiful. We took TONS of pictures!
After the bridge, we went down to a small fort and took a free tour of the place, which was pretty interesting. Then we ventured over to Fisherman's Wharf, and pier 39, where we ate delicious sourdough pizza and sandwiches!! ( Ok, so i couldn't fit in pictures of EVERYTHING! ha ha!) After lunch, we went sailing! This boat took us around Alcatraz, under and around the bridge, and gave us an amazing view of the city from the water.
Sailing was our main event, and really the only thing we spent money on, besides food. Our big splurge. :) And definitely worth it!
After sailing we made if over to Little Italy for Gelato! And over to the cable car museum, where you could see how those things work! Awesome!
After the cable car museum, we went back to the hotel, freshend up and went out to a nice place called Max's for dinner. It was the last night we were going to be together, because Brad and Kjirstin left on a redeye home!
Day 5: Shad and I pretty much had the whole day 'till our plane left at 6:30 pm, so we slept in and mapped out some places that wouldn't be too painful to walk to with a SUITCASE! Haha. But Shad was pretty bummed out that the giants were not in town that weekend, but he still wanted to see the stadium.
Then we walked back over to Union Square, saw some shops, and got some lunch. And finally made our way to the Airport home. We were actually VERY ready to come home, and sleep in our own bed!
Overall, it was a very successful trip! We saw all the things we wanted to see and more! Sailing was incredible, and the weather couldn't have been better the whole time we were there. We ate lots, and managed to keep our budget! The best part was getting to spend time with our friends again, and all the fun memories. Now, summer is over, and school starts again! Here's to the second year of law school!