I visited San Francisco for the first time recently and fell in love with the city. I never expected it would be so cold in July! I had always heard the Bay area could be windy, but the chilly weather was totally unexpected. Thankfully I brought my favorite leather jacket.
San Francisco reminds me of many of the European cities I have visited in my life. It definitely has an older feel, and I loved that. Old brick walk up buildings, cobblestone streets, dark alleys, and gorgeous views from every direction. The food was really good, although coming from the one of the best food cities in the world, I have pretty high standards. I enjoyed walking through the fisherman’s wharf and seeing all of the food vendors. I had to indulge in some of the city’s famous clam chowder.
I absolutely loved Ghirardelli square, where the original Ghirardelli factory was built 160 years ago. This part of the Fisherman’s wharf is bustling, with loads of shops, tourists and attractions. It was awesome to walk along the water for this long stretch and see all of the sights.
The public transportation in San Francisco is awesome. I took the BART and I have to say it is much cleaner (and also more predictable!) than Chicago’s rail system. I also took the trolley, which, as cliche as it is, was awesome. Honestly, that was the best way to see the city. Rolling up and down the hills of some of San Francisco’s most well known streets was incredible.
Overall I loved the atmosphere of San Francisco. Although, after having endured Chicago’s long winters for so many years, I am not sure I could live somewhere that is that cold in summer, I really loved visiting. The shopping is some of the best in the world, and the sights are truly magnificent. Though the city is small, there is so much to see and do, you can’t do everything in one trip.
I will definitely be back– I hear October is their warmest month! There is loads more shopping to be done, plus I want to check out the Museum of Modern Art, among other museums, and take a day trip to Alcatraz, for sure. San Francisco has colorful and exciting streets, often decorated with crazy people, but it always bustling, and I love that. I enjoyed that it was like New York, with it’s big city feel. = There is something, though, about the relaxed feel of Northern California that left me totally at ease in this new city. It lacked the high-stress that is often associated with New York, and I really loved that about San Francisco.
I think it is safe to say I left my heart in San Francisco!