In September and October, John and I took the trip of a lifetime driving down the west coast of the USA. We started in San Francisco and drove down towards LA before heading across country into the deep south and taking a plane to Florida for a fun-filled few days of amusement parks. Over the next few weeks and months we’ll be recapping some of the highlights of our trip, particularly the ones we think Darling Lovely Life readers might love to do, and a few of the Darling Lovely places that captured our hearts! First up is San Francisco, the place that our big journey started.
There are very few cities in the world that I love. I’m a country girl at heart and I find cities a little overwhelming and (I’ll admit it) more often than not, ugly. Sure, every city has its nice areas, but as someone who swoons over little thatched cottages and farmhouses, I had yet to find a city after my own heart.
That all changed when I visited beautiful San Francisco.
There are three exceptionally magical things about San Francisco – the food, the shopping and the architecture. Sure, we did all the touristy things, visiting Alcatraz (which was a really fascinating tour, I would have loved to have scored night tickets but left it a bit late) and the Golden Gate Bridge, but in a city like San Francisco just walking around in the Haight-Ashbury district is enough to fill a day.
I couldn’t get enough of the Victorian houses with their beautiful painted planks and gilded ornaments and mouldings. I wanted to live in every single house I walked past.
The Painted Ladies (above, bottom right) were gorgeous, but really they’re just the tip of the iceberg in a city rich with incredible architecture, vibrant street art and even pretty, painted shop signs.
Speaking of shops, that’s another thing San Francisco does really well. From the glossy, big brand names on Market Street to the small, vintage shops around Noe Valley, it’s easy to get carried away on a small (maybe not so small) spree!
We ate in a few great places but one place in particular stood out (incredible soft scrambled eggs – I could have eaten them all day) The Universal Cafe where we met up with fellow blogger, Preeti of Big Fat Indian Wedding fame! It was wonderful to see her in her new life on the other side of the world and get her tips for some brilliant places to visit!
I was sorry to leave stunning San Francisco behind but after two nights, the road beckoned (a night in a particularly special redwood lodge, which we’ll cover next time) and we rented a car to start our epic trip!