My friend Morgan (who I've loved even longer than muffin) was getting married in the California Redwoods. Daniel and I decided to make our journey to her wedding a vacation! To start the trip, we decided to fly into San Francisco and work our way up California to her gorgeous venue. Neither of us had ever been farther west than Denver, so we were very excited to see California.
After our plane landed, we spent our afternoon exploring San Francisco--Fisherman's Wharf to be specific. We did have to split the afternoon in half so that I could attend my Master's Class online (on east coast time). It gave our feet a nice little break :)
|Playing in the sand|
|Amazing sourdough bread!|
|I think the Sea Lions at Pier 39 might be the cutest things I've ever seen!|
|Talk about a diabetic overload!|
That night, after some free beverages at the hotel, we decided to go on a little dinner adventure. The concierge gave us a great dinner suggestion in an area called "Little Europe." Little Europe is actually a small hidden street called Belden Place. Here, each restaurant serves a different european country's specialty food. It wasn't exactly close to our hotel, so we hopped on some public transportation and made our way there. I really think public transportation and walking are some of the best ways to get to know a city!
When we got to Belden Place, we decided to try out Café Bastille (serving amazing french food). Café Bastille held approximately 10 tables with some extra seating outside. It was incredibly romantic and we had the best time there! It also didn't hurt that the food and wine were pure magic!
|Kobe Beef Tartare with a Quail Egg and Crème Fraîche|
|Cesar Salad with Grilled Anchovies|
|Mussels in White Wine, Shallots, and Garlic|
|NY Strip with Frites|
We decided to walk off our breakfast in China Town (and a little shopping in Union Square). I loved all the sights and sounds of China Town, but it can also be overwhelming for people like me that don't deal well with crowds. Luckily, Daniel helped me navigate traffic so I could enjoy all of the colors and bustle of the area.
|Gorgeous street lamps|
|Posing at the Dragon Gate|
|Muffin posing at the Dragon Gate|
After the trolley, we loaded up our rental car and decided to drive to the last places on the bucket list before heading to our next stop (Sonoma).
|Full House homes|
|Just call me Jack Kerouac at Haight and Ashbury|
|After driving on Lombard or Crooked Street|
|View of the Golden Gate as we were heading north|
|Driving to Sonoma!|
As you can see, we had a short time in San Francisco, but I feel like we did absolutely as much as we could! I love to make a bucket list with Muffin before we go on a trip so that we both see and do everything we want. It's even more important when you have a short time in one place. We had a great time exploring San Francisco together. Stay tuned for Part 2: Sonoma!