Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Urban Adventure

Hi all! How's your week? Hope your 4th of July celebration sparkled! What did you do? We snuck out of Seattle, forgoing our typical hot dogs and fireworks festivities to celebrate our anniversary in San Francisco.

 
Work takes me to the Bay Area quite frequently, but typically that means a hotel room and a store visit, with no time to play -- I actually couldn't remember the last time I explored the city. 


What a treat to have some time for an urban adventure. We ate it up -- literally. Amazing meals at Frances (Bacon Beignets!), Spruce and The Slanted Door.

 
We were culture vultures, taking in The Steins Collect at SF MOMA and Balenciaga and Spain at the de Young (Mr. H was a trooper!) And while we were at Golden Gate Park, we let our sense of wonder run wild at the Academy of Sciences, from the living roof, to the canopy of a tropical rain forest to creatures hiding beneath the deep blue sea.

 
 
Our moment of zen came in the form of green tea and treats at the Golden Gate Park Tea Garden. So restful.  


 

But my favorite had to be the Ferry Building. Our first morning in town, we took the short walk from our hotel to nibble our way through the bustling Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market.... 

 
...and made that trek back to the Ferry Building our daily morning ritual for coffee from Blue Bottle and fruit and pastries from Frog Hollow. So many of my favorite things from the best local purveyors all under one roof--from cheese from Cow Girl Creamery to macarons from Miette. Yum! 

 
 

How wonderful to have such a fun city to explore just a short flight away -- I can't believe we didn't do it sooner. 

Is there any near-yet-so-far spot on your travel list? Where's your next escape?

4 comments:

  1. Wow - looks like a fabulous anniversary weekend! I haven't been to San Francisco since I came out to look at a college when I was 17!! We won't be saying how many years ago that was. I clearly need to do a revisit since the first didn't really count - more of just a pass through!!

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  2. What a wonderful way to celebrate your anniversary. I love San Francisco - one of my favorite cities, but I haven't been in a while. We live on the east coast so it not a short flight. Beautiful images!!

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  3. That photo of the jellyfish (is it a jelly fish?) is really beautiful, I love the colours....

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