So some of you may remember I recently went to San Francisco…
(I also went to Yosemite, Vegas, the Grand Canyon and some wee places outside of SF but I’ll save them for future posts.)
Anyway, we’re very lucky to have some lovely friends who now live over there – and who very much looked after us while we were there.
After they’d picked us up for the airport, we drove past the Golden Gate Bridge and a very jetlagged OH said to me “Doesn’t it just look like a red Forth Road Bridge?”
Which it has to be said it really does!
However the rest of San Francisco looks nothing like Scotland…
I fell in love with the colourful houses… how cheery would it be to live in one of these?
Doesn’t this house look like something from a movie set?!
And the original coloured houses… the Painted Ladies…
All of which is a bit of a contrast to Downtown!
In our first week out there, we also went to visit Wine Country…
Has to be said ‘sampling’ wine for a whole day is a lovely way to pass the time!
Coming back from there, we stopped through Sebastopol to check out a very strange little street where every second house has these crazy sculptures in the gardens. I took lots of shots of them so I think I might have to do a proper post on just them!
Pretty much the next day we went off to Yosemite (more of that later) but the night we came back to SF, we went to the Palace of Fine Arts to see Jonsi…
I’m a huge fan of Sigur Ros and it has to be said their lead singer did not disappoint! Go and see him if you can!!
The next day did one of those bus tours… always good to get your bearings and to hear a bit of the bus driver’s banter!
The next day (before we went to Vegas) our friends persuaded us the best way to do the Golden Gate Bridge was to cycle it.
So it was that we agreed to an epic bike ride that went from near Golden Gate Park, to the Golden Gate Bridge, over it and then up the hill above it, then to Sausalito… and then back again.
There was also no way my OH was letting me do the trip without wearing this rather glam cycling helmet – just as well San Fran is a colourful place!
Actually he turned out to be right as I actually did come off the bike on one of San Fran’s notoriously steep hills – at 5’3 I couldn’t get my feet on the ground when I stopped the bike and I just toppled off instead. I still have the bruises!
The views were worth it though…
As well as checking out the views, we also spotted this bride in flip flops and her rather harassed-looking new husband. I took a couple of more pics of them before realising I was probably getting in all their wedding shots!
And what should you do after a hard day’s cycle… why go and drink copious amounts of sangria!
(So that’s what I’m doing in the new blog picture in case you were wondering!)
Perhaps not such a good plan when you have to get up the next day for a flight to Vegas… but hey it was very good fun at the time!
Especially as we got to meet all our friend’s Irish friends – all of whom can handle their sangria better than me.
Ok that’s part 1 of San Fran over… will show you Alcatraz, trams and street art in the Mission later. Tomorrow a bit of Yosemite, Vegas and the Grand Canyon.
You’ll probably all feel like you were there too by the time I’m done!