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I Left My Heart in San Francisco – Part 4

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Day Three:

This was our last day here and we couldn’t ask for a more beautiful day! Beautiful blue skies with not a single cloud in sight. We had a great view of the city from our hotel. We stayed at the Westin St. Frances in Union Square – great hotel with awesome views.


We started our day off, you guessed it, at the Grove. 🙂 Huevos Rancheros for breakfast today!

huevos rancheros

Next we took the bus to the Golden Gate Bridge Park. It is a beautiful park with colorful flowers, people playing music, others lounging around on blankets having a picnic – just a perfect way to spend a beautiful day in San Francisco.




This is the Dahlia Garden with the Conservatory of Flowers in the background.


Since the park is huge, we decided to rent a tandem bike to see it all. Now to give you a little back story here, I hate biking. I mean, I am really, really bad at it. You know that saying, “Like riding a bike”? Yeah, not for me. So I was extremely nervous about renting a bike, that is why we went with the tandem bike. Randy did all the steering and I just sat there white knuckling it the whole time! But I am glad we rented it, we got to see more of the park this way and nothing bad happened! No falling over, no running into things… which is what I do by myself on a bike! Ha!


We biked all the way to end of the park to see the Pacific. We stopped to admire the windmill on the way.


Such a beautiful day! So blue! 🙂



There were some really cool rocks and cliffs at this end of the beach. There is a restaurant right above the cliffs called The Cliff House. I wish we had time to go there, but maybe next time!


We took our shoes off and enjoyed walking in the hot sand but our feet were quickly cooled off in the ocean.


Very cold indeed!




The direction that we came from. The beach here was so wide! And there were blacken pieces of wood here and there in the sand where people have had bonfires on the beach. That is now officially on my bucket list – bonfire at the beach. 🙂


After we biked back through the park and returned the bike, we were pretty tired. So we stopped by a cafe and had cold brewed coffee for the first time. It was a little bit more bitter-tasting than regular coffee, at least I thought so. But with sugar and cream it was delicious and refreshing!

This is the cold brew apparatus… neat uh?



Next on the list, we took the bus to Alamo Square. This square was one of my most favorite places in San Francisco. It was breezy, which felt nice after biking all day and the view is spectacular! The beautiful Painted Ladies, unfortunately, one of the houses was being worked on.

Anyone singing the Full House theme song? Yeah, I did too!


But Randy was able to get this shot, without the scaffolding!








There were people there sitting on blankets, drinking wine and eating crackers and cheese, reading books, throwing frisbees and playing catch with their dogs. So perfect! Next time we go to San Francisco I want to have a picnic here!


Our traditional feet picture!


Since it was such a great day, we decided to go back to the Golden Gate Bridge one more time. We wanted to see it not covered in fog. We found our bus stop and waited for an hour! The day was slipping away and I didn’t want to waste it waiting for a bus. So we decided to walk to it… again! We didn’t make it all the way to the bridge, we only made it to Crissy Fields, which was close enough for me!

Thanks to Randy’s photography skills we were still able to get some good pictures of the bridge.




Then we made the long trek back to our hotel. We had to walk a while to get to the correct bus. But we were able to admire the city along the way!

Isn’t the details of this building so pretty? A lot of the houses looked like this. 🙂



sanfran city



This was a shop I really wanted to go into, but it was closed. 🙁 Maybe next time! But it was probably a good thing I didn’t go in there, I could have spent a fortune in there I am sure!


After resting a little we had sushi at this tiny, tiny restaurant. It serious could only hold about 10 people! But the sushi was delicious, especially after a long, fun day! After dinner we headed up Nob Hill to the Fairmont Hotel and enjoyed a drink at their bar, The Tonga Room. It was such a cool bar. Every 15 mins they simulated a rainstorm with rain (in the middle where the pool was), flashing lights for lightning and thunder. We ordered a drink called, The Zombie – if the title didn’t give you a clue, we only had one each. 🙂






After enjoying the bar, we explored the hotel lobby. This hotel is so pretty. It reminded me of old hollywood glamour.


They had the prettiest bathroom!




After a very long, busy day we headed back to our hotel.

San Francisco was such a joy to visit and I hope we get to go again. There is tons more that I want to see that I didn’t get a chance to see this time. 3 full days just isn’t enough time to see it all. I could spend a good week here and stay busy every single day. I hope to go back and see more of the city and to take day trips to wine country.

Until next time!

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