I started off my summer in probably the best way possible. I had a week at home followed by 5 days in the San Francisco Bay Area visiting the boyfriend (Sean) who just moved out there for his new job. It was my first time in Northern California and I must say that I favor it over the Southern California (LA area) that I visited at the beginning of the year. The whole area kept on giving me flashbacks to Italy – probably the reason there is a huge Italian population in the area. If you have never been to San Fran and the surrounding bay towns I highly recommend it. Petaluma where Sean lives is in Sonoma County, and National Geographic just ranked it as one of the top 20 places to visit in 2012 – and for good reason. You will fall in love while there and wish you never left.
Pier 39 – we walked straight here one we parked the car after I got picked up from the airport – Sean knew I would want to see the Sea Lions the first day (:
How cute are they? They sound even cuter! This is their 22nd Anniversary of chilling out at Pier 39
Sean and I at Pier 39
Saw this sign in the parking lot – we listened and found us our delicious Crab Cioppino dinner that night
Fountain in downtown Petaluma
I love street art! Sunflowers are my fav. so I was super excited when I stumbled upon these
View from atop a hill in Petaluma – breathtaking
We climbed up that little path you can barely make out
Another little path
Where we ran into a lady who took our picture
So I took a picture of her dog
During our car ride out to Pt. Reyes Station
Ocean shots – it may look warm and inviting but it definitely was cold
Obligatory feet in ocean picture – this was post, I didn’t last long – way too cold
Cute little sign out at one of the Bodega Bay restuarants
Had to stop for Salt Water Taffy – too many flavors to choose from – kid in a candy shop
The Ferrari-Carano Vineyards
We went from cold temps by the water to summer heat up in the vineyards
Greenest of vineyards with the bluest of skies – the vineyards remind me of northern Italy
Day 2 we spent the first part of the day in Sausalito
Sausalito is the home of Robin Williams – who I saw at the airport when I was leaving San Fran!
Houses on the hills reminds me of southern Italy
Seagull picture of the day
The cafe where we had lunch
Golden Gate from the Ferry
SF Ferry Terminal
Our entertainment while waiting for the Trolley Car
View of San Fran street – Lombard St. in the distance
Looking through trees – Lombard St. still in the distance
Lombard St. a little bit more focused on
Me atop the hill where Coit Tower sits
View from the bottom of Coit Tower – not a bad place to have a hot tub
Sean and I at the bottom of Coit Tower
View from the top of Coit Tower
Coit Tower from Lombard St.
Sean at Lombard
Me at Lombard St.
Looking down Lombard
Me on the Cable Car! Taking another item off of my bucket list (:
Sean on the Cable Car
Going down the hill
Alcatraz from the Cable Car
Banner for GG’s 75th Anniversary
On the Cable Car
Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory – my favorite type of hot cocoa!
Sean and I in the park across from Ghirardelli
San Rafael, California – this city is a must to stop over in. I didn’t take many pictures while there because I was too focused on the delicious Puerto Rican food we had for lunch at Sol Food.
Sunset Neighborhood as seen from across the bay. I was told it is called Sunset because they get great views of the Sunset…makes sense.
The Golden Gate Bridge – a modern Wonder of the World
GG is one of the most widely recognized symbols of San Fran and the US
And best yet, GG turned 75 the week I was there – May 27th
Sean and I with GG behind us
Sean with GG
Sean with GG
Driving the scenic route that is California 1
Santa Cruz Boardwalk
Shadows in the sand
The Amusement Park at Santa Cruz (we were planning on walking around the park but I got hives so we bolted to the nearest CVS for meds for me – no fun)
Sean with the Santa Cruz Boardwalk
Santa Cruz Boardwalk
Andy’s – our little pier restaurant
Pier food – I love the lighting on the photo since it was during the sunset and that the tables were yellow like the restaurant – got my claw chowder in for the week too!
Boats coming in for the day
Ocean Sunsets are just beautiful
Our sushi take-out dinner
Hope you enjoyed the photos and if you have recommendations for places to see, go to, eat at, etc. in the Bay Area please pass on!