And finally for the last stages of our US road trip we say hello to San Francisco :) Instead of having a circular itinerary (do you remember how we started the adventure in Los Angeles?) we decided to end our journey in one of the cities that raised more our curiosity in the States. Everyone tells how much San Francisco resembles an European city. I guess being from the old continent :P hold us back in seeing that likelihood so much, however we found it more like a laid back, foggy and (very) steep slope New York. Please forgive us for this rough comparison; it is hard to explain the feeling!
San Francisco has some pretty expensive accommodation offer, and you might have to give up either in location or comfort level. In order to be able to be in a centric location and to adjust to the budget we decided that a good solution would be to turn to airbnb and look up an apartment in one of the most recommended areas. We finally stayed in 17th St near Mission and Castro neighborhoods. Our apartment was exactly how I was expecting the city to be, eccentric and cool parts equal.
The first evening in the city we decided to explore Mission and to try one of the many recommendations we had from blogs (you may already know SF girl by bay?) which are always a blast. We love to add recommendations from blogs (you blog creators out there have good taste!) as they are always spot on and they make us feel like locals :) That first night we went to Mission Cheese a little place that, as the name reveals, is specialized in cheese plates. If you are into cheese, do not miss it, they have cheese from lots of places of the United States (yummy!), a feel-like-in-heaven mac&cheese, plus their mongers are very committed and the nicest. We liked it so much that we repeated the experience the second night with Anna and Albert, whom had missed it the first time. For the last night we went to Frjtz , a burger place with the most amazing mayonnaise and ketchup varieties (white truffle artichoke ketchup and miso mayo was our choice) that again you won’t regret the visit! :)
The title of our post is not accidental. The first afternoon in San Francisco we went window shopping and while buying the line poster of the city (resting now on top of our cabinet) the trendiest and coolest kid high-fived us when he learnt that we had just arrived to the city but actually were from Barcelona. Of course we both fell in love immediately with SF citizens.
I feel like this is the most random post ever both in explanation and in pictures, but maybe it is because San Francisco had so many different experiences waiting for us. We visited several neighborhoods in the city including Mission, Castro, Chinatown and Haight-Ashbury, had a pleasant walk in the Piers, took a ship to Alcatraz and got lost in the fog inside the Golden Gate.
Nevertheless I felt like we only scratched the surface of the city, I love when this happens because then I have an excuse to leave it in our wishlists.
More of San Francisco to come in the following posts this week!
** This post is part of our US road trip series **
Shperical brass lamps in our SF apartment to say hi! and to show a little of the living room. And yes that’s a giant scary (we believe that fake) goat head on the back.
Colorful apartment buildings in Mission and Castro.
My “beau” didn’t feel much attracted to the hippie fashion stores :)
Colors! Add my happy face here.
A rather moiré pattern in this wall, right?
Not any road gradients in SF :P We were advised to took buses even though you were only going two streets ahead, and that was a really good suggestion.
Cars have to park in 90º I can’t imagine how tricky this must be (brave SF car owners!)
Alcatraz in the fog, and a sailing boat because the America’s cup took place while we were there.
You will find me in every place that has Jelly Belly candy.
The sea lions were there sleeping, taking sun baths and playing around.
Mission Cheese has mason jars as drinking glasses. I’ll have a dozen for my home, pleeease? :)
We love cheese. My favorites are the most creamy ones, Dani fancies a lot the blue cheese and Juno is crazy for goat. Which ones are yours?
Mac with artisan cheese, ohh how I wish there was a good place here as well.
That’s everything we saw from the Golden Gate, only 6 and a half feet ahead of us.
Oh boy! It was cold inside the fog!
And the fog will follow us into our next post: Alcatraz. Stay tuned!