My love for the Bay has grown ten fold! I fell in love with the architecture, history and life! San Fran is such an incredible city. I didn’t want to leave! We toured the city and I can’t wait to share with you!
Lombard Street was first on the list. I would’ve hated to live on that street because of all of the crazy tourists like me walking up and down trying to get the perfect shot. We actually drove down it and it is so weird! It’s hard to drive it. 🙂 It’s beautiful but strange.
Our next adventure was Alcatraz. If you’ve never been to this eerie island, it is a must! With famous prisoners like Al Capone, the rich U.S history will give you goose bumps as you tour the actual prison cells, the yard and burnt down Warden’s home. It was amazing! The views are incredible since you’re so close to the city coast line directly in the bay. The park rangers (it’s now a National Park) have created beautiful gardens that make the island feel at peace. Bucket list item though, I want to tour the island at night for Halloween! How creepy would that be? 🙂
Next was the famous Golden Gate Bridge. For some reason in my head I imaged it to be gold…but was later told that it was named that because of the Gold Rush era. Regardless of the name, this was probably my favorite spot we visited. The ocean, the landscape and the view of the bay were amazing! My group made fun of me because I took my shoes off and played in the waves. There is something about the ocean that makes me feel energized. The park right before you cross the bridge has fantastic views of the rocky coast. It made me want to run…and not very many things these days give me motivation to burn calories. 😉
Our final stop on the grand tour was Stanford. Since we were actually staying in Palo Alto, we ventured over to this gorgeous campus! Have you ever been? I think I would’ve gone to school more if my school was this pretty. 😉 (JK t-bird for life…) The archways made it seem like I was in Hogwarts. You HAVE to go into the Memorial Church on the main square. They had this organist that reminded me of the Phantom of the Opera. He was amazing! I wish I had better video to share with you. Inside the church was filled with sculptures, stained glass windows, carvings and archways. Definitely worth the stop! (I felt so smart…for like a second and then I saw real students and wanted to run to the car.)
Anyway, if you haven’t been to the Bay, go…NOW! San Francisco just became one of my new favorite cities. Luckily for my job I get to travel a lot, so get ready for some more city tours! Happy Thursday friends!
I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met.