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travel diary: san francisco, usa

By January 1, 2014 travel, travel diary, usa

Before heading off for this dream trip with my boyfriend (now fiancee, but we’l get to that), I was lucky enough to be able to take a 2 month trip in the USA.

I will be writing a series of laterblogs documenting my experience and providing some helpful (hopefully) travel tips. All the major cities will have my tips for things to do, places to eat/drink, shopping & transport.

Please bear in mind this was previous to my blogging so my photos are sometimes a tad grainy (they always look so good on the iPhone screen don’t they?).

It was my first time there, so I was like a kid in a candy store.

First stop was San Fran, where I was to meet my long lost friend Kristina for a week of travelling.

As soon as I jumped off the plane, my first order of business was to get to Fisherman’s Wharf for some Clam Chowder. It wasn’t lunch time, but what the hell?

I couldn’t go past the infamous Boudin Bakery. Their flagship chowder is served in a bread bowl which you of course get to eat when you’re done. Edible crockery has to be one of the world’s greatest things!


I took a long walk from one end of the pier to the other… stopping only for lunch. Yes Clam Chowder again. Boring I know.

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I was so giddy to be here, I pretty much skipped through the streets…

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And of course I had to get in a spot of shopping… with an obligatory coffee stop at Macy’s…

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Thoroughly tired at the end of the day, I plonked myself into bed early to try sleep off my jet lag.

The next day, I returned to Boudin Bakery for their French Toast. With 5 slices, it was almost a loaf of bread. Heaven!

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I hopped on the ferry destined for Alcatraz Island. You can’t come to San Fran and not pop on over to see this historical site. Even if history bores you, I promise the audio tour will make it fun and engaging. I suggest you reserve tickets as in peak season it can be very busy. You can buy tickets from Alcatraz Cruises.

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After catching the lunch time ferry back, I stopped at the Crab House at Pier 39 for a Crab Sandwich. I just can’t get enough of the San Fran food!

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Knackered and still feeling the effects of jet lag, I took myself home for the afternoon to await the arrival of my dear friend. She managed to make it in time for dinner 🙂

We chose Colibri, a mexican bistro where we could feast on tacos and drink margaritas. Their menu boasts a million different types of margaritas using a wide range of tequilas. Yes, between us, we sampled almost all of them.

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We asked the waiter for the best clubs to go to for a boogie and he reccommended Ruby Skye… unfortunately we were one of the 3 girls in the whole place and needless to say there wasn’t much vibe. I’ve heard that Temple and Infusion Lounge are also pretty cool.

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A bit tired from the late night, we decided to wake up with a nice ride across the Golden Gate Bridge. The day was gloomy and dreary… but that didn’t ruin it!

We hired bikes from Blazing Saddles, they have a few stations around town and at $32 for 24 hours – it’s a pretty cheap activity.

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After the ride, we were in dire need of a feed. I’d heard people rave about In & Out Burger for months, so I thought I’d give it a try… although yes, it was delicious, I didn’t see what the fuss was about…

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The third and final day in San Fran kicked off with breakfast at a traditional American diner. We stumbled across Lori’s Diner which was right around the corner from our hotel.

The cute 50’s decor & bottomless coffee was exactly what I was hoping for in my first diner experience….

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The adventure continues:

More on the US adventure here.

Anisa – The Macadames xx

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