San Francisco

It’s finally time to finish up my posts from my trip to California this fall. After visiting Napa, Sonoma, and Monterey, the last leg of our trip took us to San Francisco. We drove up to the city, dropped the car off and made our way to the hotel. We stayed at the Golden Gate Hotel, which was so charming. There was a hotel cat, Pip, and every afternoon tea and cookies were served in the parlor. It gave a chance to meet and chat with the other guests, who had come from all over the place. I’d definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a lovely boutique hotel in SF.

I took a ton of pictures, but I wasn’t crazy about a lot of them. I like my pictures to be of beautiful vineyards or ocean views. Or food. San Francisco was very busy and it was hard to get shots of things like the beautiful Victorian houses without groups of people or tour buses in front of them. Anyway, here are some of my favourite pictures.

Sts Peter and Paul Church

Church architecture is great. This cathedral was gorgeous up close and from afar. You can also see Coit Tower in the background.

Alcatraz

Unfortunately, we didn’t get to go to Alcatraz, as the federal government was shutdown while we were there. We did take a boat tour of the harbour though, and got to see it from the outside.

Golden Gate bridge

The Golden Gate bridge on a beautiful afternoon. Apparently, a lot of people jump off it.

Under the Golden Gate Bridge

A bit of a different view of the iconic bridge.

San Francisco National Cemetary

San Francisco National Cemetery.

Military housing

The Presidio is a park and former military base. Homes like these served as housing for military families.

Sutro Tower

Sutro Tower, viewed from the Academy of Sciences.

Japanese Tea Garden

Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate park.

Buddha

Buddha.

Spider in the tea garden

Eight-legged friend enjoying the sunshine.

Painted ladies

Painted Ladies, a collection of gorgeous, colourful Victorian houses.

The San Francisco skyline

A view of downtown San Francisco from Beuna Vista Park.

Golden Gate vista

One last view of the bridge, it really is a spectacle. We never went across it, it was quite chilly near the water in October, but it was nice to look at.

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