Life-changing week in San Francisco: Part 1

I turned 40 this year and Mr. Otherhood surprised me with a week in San Francisco. Even better we went 2 months early to save a tone of money on the flights. Mr. O knows frugality is a bit of a turn on! We would definitely recommend travelling to San Francisco in late September or October. Flight prices double or triple in November. Some locals also mentioned that these months bring better temperatures and less tourists.

We stayed in a dodgy but clean independent hotel down in Fishermans Wharf. It’s definitely touristy but pretty central if your planning to tour the city.

On our first day, we couldn’t resist walking UP to the top of Lombard Street. For those of you that haven’t heard of it, it’s said to be the most crocked street in the world. Although, apparently it was made that way because of how steep it is!

I would say that Mr.O and I are in fairly good shape. But by the time we got half way up, I couldn’t tell if my lungs or buns were burning more! Glad we did it, but don’t need to do it again!

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We toured the city on foot for the rest of the day.  Seeing what we could see.  Amazed at how friendly people are in San Francisco.  We of coursed  discovered Happy Hour, which became a daily ritual.  I really don’t know why we can’t have these in Canada?!

One of the tour books recommended a dim sum place which we assumed was in Chinatown.  IMG_1127But to our sore feets disappointment it was in the Financial district!  Having never had dim sum or even knowing what it was, we were nervous excited and starving!  Yank Sing is freakin’ incredible!  Well worth the walk.  Definitely put it on your to do list.

The following day we rented a car and drove out to Monterey and Carmel.IMG_0175<<<<<<
17 Mile drive is well worth the $10 fee.  The pictures speak for themselves.  Every stop and view leaves you questioning why you’re wasting your time watching tv on the couch every night.   Had we organized ourselves a little better we would have planned to stay the night in the Carmel area.  I’m sure we missed so much but we wanted to get on the Pacific Coast Hwy and find a spot to watch the sunset.

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Miles and miles of life-changing views and moments as you head down highway 1. There lots of safe and not so safe spots to pull over and soaked it in.  A side note….it gets bloody cold as the sun is setting even when the day was 96 degrees. Even us Canadians were more than a wee bit chilly!

More San Francisco adventures to come. Stay tuned for the second half of this incredible week. TTFN!

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