A city break in San Francisco, the perfect kind of getaway.
This particular post is a little delayed, it was written but not published and sat idly on my ‘unpublished posts’ page. Better late than never, right? After Christian and I were married we decided to finish off our dreamy honeymoon with a cheeky city break. We’d been so excited for two weeks lounging in Tahiti and although it was equally as dreamy as you would expect (read all about our time in Bora Bora & Mo’orea here), we thought it would be fun to have a change of scenery before heading home.
So there were a lot of places on my hit-list around San Francisco and we tried our best to squeeze it all in. We achieved around 90% of what was on our list but got distracted by some fabulous food spots along the way, typical us! I think we took two trams on our time there as we love to breathe a city in by walking around on foot. I was aware there were a couple of hills and in hindsight I perhaps underestimated the incline… so to say I felt that this trip was part fitness based, is an understatement!
As per usual, prepare yourself for a visual photographic feast of our city exploration…
CHECKED INTO THE ICONIC 5* LUXURY FAIRMONT HOTEL
FIRST BREAKFAST: SEARS FINE FOOD
CONSERVATORY OF FLOWERS | GOLDEN GATE PARK
To anyone that knows me well, if there is a botanical garden or conservatory of flowers nearby, I WILL find it! Thankfully, I married someone that doesn’t mind me melting time exploring exotic flowers and plants *sigh*.
As the Conservatory of Flowers is located within the Golden Gate Park, we decided to have a stroll round and locate some bikes to bumble around on. A bike may not have been my first choice but considering the flowers were my choice, this was Christian’s… compromise y’all, compromise, and marriage will be a piece of cake! So off we went with map in hand… Although not essential to navigate the park by map, I’d heard there was a herd of bison around somewhere, so I was determined to make sure we didn’t get lost!
Father: Shall we cycle to see the animals?
Son: Depends, are there lions and tigers?
Father: Umm, no! Just come and see…
Father: Ok, Bison….*cycles off*
MRS DOUBTFIRE ON STEINER STREET
Of all the wonders of San Fran, my number one objective was to find Mrs Doubtfire’s house and I am delighted to inform you that I found it. One of my absolute favourite films of all time so as far as I was concerned, it had to be done.
…such a beautiful stroll back to the Fairmont! We hopped onto a tram for half of it as by this point, I’d lost feeling in my thighs and feet from all of the hills. Though in pain, I was secretly wishing the whole way home that I had a house in San Fran…
TONGA ROOM & HURRICANE BAR (IN THE FAIRMONT)
We were pretty exhausted after a day on our feet so we headed downstairs to the Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar for drinks and a spot of casual laid back dining. Beautiful little setting and we managed to get a little table right by the water. As the name might suggest, every half an hour or so there is a storm and it starts raining from the ceiling. It’s ruddy awesome to say the least. In the centre there is a strip of water with a boat that has a band playing as it’s moved up and down the water. Super chilled out atmosphere and the music playing added an extra element of fun to the experience.
To munch away on this very chowder, visit ‘The Hook’ on pier 39.
Everyone will recognise this famous road but I’ll be honest, in my head I saw it being different. It was so so crowded and there was a constant scream of traffic wardens telling people off for taking photos and being in the wrong place. I suppose I hadn’t considered that it’s still a functioning road and therefore it’s pure chaos with large handfuls of people constantly trying to take a snap. Still, I’m super glad we took a window of time to pay it a visit and experience it for ourselves…
We walked all the way back and as soon as we got back to the hotel, I treated myself to a bubble bath and a glass of Champagne before locating a pair of heels and a dress for dinner. We chose THE most exquisite seafood restaurant, Waterbar. No matter where we travel, our stomach always seems to guide us to the best place for seafood, we were most certainly not disappointed with our choice.
Safe to say we were so exhausted that we were not on our usual photo game…
NEW DAWN, NEW DAY… BREAKFAST AT THE PALACE HOTEL
I had been dying to go to the Palm Hotel for years as it’s pretty much my interior heaven. Marble floors, high ceilings, glass roof and lots and lots of greenery. What perfect way to start the day than with a lovely breakfast smorgasbord in their main dining room. At the time we lived in Jersey (Channel Islands) and the shopping there is pretty weak and so we thought we’d spend the day getting lost around the shops and malls in San Fran. All the more reason for a SUPER big breakfast…
…PAUSE FOR SHOPPING…
(I won’t share this part of our trip but just imagine bags and bags and bags of just ‘stuff’)
Last but not least, we finished up with a real treat. A fine dining experience that as it stands today has not been topped. We’re talking about the fabulous Sons & Daughters. Take a look here (Son’s & Daughters Restaurant, SF) to properly read all about our culinary delight, but for now, I’ll just drop a few goodies in here.
Now, as I look back on all of our photos and experiences from the trip, I’ve noticed that I’ve not included quite a few of them. You see, it was our honeymoon and we really just wanted to focus on each other and our adventures. I wasn’t taking photos in order to blog about it, so there aren’t as many as some of my other travel experiences. However, it was a pretty magical trip and there were some pretty awesome photographs so felt like I’d share just a few with you all 🙂
Hope you enjoyed! Stay tuned for more adventures…