Helloooooo San Francisco!
The last time I visited San Francisco was on our honeymoon - 15 years ago - so I was very excited for the opportunity to come back! Anna and I made the 8 hour drive to my parent's house, spent the weekend there, and then drove into the city on Monday morning. My parents treated us to a wonderful trip -- a few days in the city before heading to their cabin in the mountains. We were pretty darn spoiled. (At the end of the week when I was thanking my parents for spoiling us Anna was totally confused, "we're not rotten" -- and I had to explain to her the other meaning of spoiled.)
Our first stop was Fort Point which is situated right underneath the Golden Gate Bridge. It is a cool old building made of beautiful, weathered brick.
I did my research before the trip and decided that this would be a great spot to get our photos of the bridge. Up close and personal.
But trying to get a good photo was no small feat because it was windy, Anna soon grew tired of taking pictures, and I kept closing my eyes.
Did I mention that it was windy?
So we relocated to nearby Crissy Field, tucked back with protection from the bay winds, and beautiful wide open spaces for walking, bike-riding, picnicking, and just enjoying the view.
After dropping off the truck at the hotel (too early for check-in) we walked around the nearby streets and grabbed lunch at The Melt (grilled cheese happiness). The weather was beautiful & perfect in downtown!
When finally we were able to check-in this was Anna's reaction. And if you can't tell there is smile spread across her face from ear to ear.
And then we all took a nap.
Because later we would walk down to Chinatown and explore it all.
Anna went home with one of those fans. And a blue silk "china girl" dress. I chose a silk robe as my souvenir and I love it!
We ate dinner at House of Nanking at the recommendation of our concierge. I was very glad we had asked him for a recommendation because honestly, most of the Chinatown restaurants look pretty scary from the outside! This place was clean inside, the food was good, and they were fast. Initially Anna stuck her nose up at the food, but eventually tried several bites and ended up loving it.
Later we took another stroll to a nearby Ghirardelli store for ice cream sundaes. Yum.
And we capped off the night with a bath for Anna and a few moments to enjoy the nighttime city views before curling up in our Heavenly Beds.
. . . coming up on day 2: Cable Cars, Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, and the Exploratorium