3 weeks in San Francisco

Can’t believe Mother & Father’s 3-week visit has been and gone – so much planning for their time here and now they’re home. The weather was fab, just a day of light rain and temps always around 20. When I look through the photos I’m amazed how blue the sky is in all of them.

Turns out there are a lot of things to do around San Francisco but and we also got out to a few places we hadn’t been before on a couple of long weekends. This is one of my favorite photos of their time here

Waterfront wandering

Apart from dragging them around a load of coffee shops, some known, some new, and a couple of rest or shopping days, here’s a run-down of what we got up to:

  • A day in Berkeley – coffee shops, University of California Botanical Gardens, dinner, sunset from Treasure Island and we almost got to drive back over the Bay Bridge as the lights came on

University of California Botanical Gardens

  • A day in Napa – stopping at Yountville to marvel at the idyllic little town and drink coffee from the Caboose, Dean & Delucca supplies for a picnic lunch at the Alpha Omega Winery and dinner at a BBQ joint in Napa

Yountville Coffee Caboose

Alpha Omega

  • Went to the Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th birthday celebrations – walked through Chrissy Field, visited the bridge history tent, ate fried green tomatoes from a food truck, watched (with hundreds of thousands of people!) awesome awesome fireworks coming out of the bridge accompanied by a light show and songs featuring San Francisco, waited in a line around the block with hundreds of people for a free bus back into the city where we arrived home freezing after midnight for a hot drink!

Golden Gate 75th birthday celebrations

Golden Gate 75th birthday celebrations

Here’s the official fireworks video (about 20 minutes long)

  • Took a long weekend road trip to Santa Cruz, Big Sur, a secret beach with purple sand and Monterrey where we visited the aquarium, dined at some fabulous restaurants (one seafood, one Italian) and drove through miles and miles of fruit and vegetable crops and saw the world’s supply of artichokes!

Santa Cruz

Big Sur

Big Sur

Pfeiffer Beach


  • Drove for a day around the top spots – Muir Woods, Sausalito, new coffee shop on Filmore, Lombard Street, Coit Tower and home passed the Trans-America Tower

Muir Woods


Jane's on Filmore

Lombard Street

Coit Tower

Coit Tower

TransAmerica Tower

  • Poked around the Saturday market at the Ferry Building and had a BBQ feast out at Bev and Dan’s place

Saturday at the Ferry Market

Pleasant Hill BBQ

  • Joined the hippies at the Haight Street festival and wandered through Golden Gate Park

Haight Street Festival

Golden Gate Park

And somewhere in between all that, Mother & Father had a few days at Yosemite and went across to Alcatraz. A pretty full 3 weeks overall!


#1 Mom on 06.26.12 at 9:40 pm

Great! Just have to add a few other things we loved. Hot pool at your apartment (& the new togs). Boudins’ food. Personal bathroom guide at Union Square. French toast & meeting the Italian regulars at Lumiere (loved the coffee) in Monterey. Gift card shopping at Williams & Sonoma. Bargains at Gilroy outlet stores. The cherries, the strawberries, blueberries, apricots, peaches, ginger gelato, cherry turnover, crushed strawberry lemonade, Omega, Rutherford & Rombauer. Dinner at Bonnydoon and their bottle chandeliers and wine barrel booth. Park Tavern dinner 1st equal. Movies & NZ Masterchef thanks to Craig. Helpful, patient city folk. Bathroom art, especially at Passionfish! Alexanders Book Shop. (Yosemite visit, perfect weather & encyclopaedic guide driver.) Only downside – not buying at the Monterey gallery. NEXT TIME!

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