Monday, June 27, 2011

Road Trip: Part 2

We've been busy taking in all our favorite San Francisco sights and activities over the last few I'll keep the words brief, but share a ton of pictures!

Picking up where I left off in Friday's post...
Towards the end of the walk in Crissy Field is the Warming Hut, a perfect spot to grab a bite to eat!

Then continuing past the Warming Hut, the walk ends at Fort Point at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. On the return, some of the best views to be found in the entire city can be enjoyed if taking a detour up a winding path.

Once leaving Crissy Field, crossing over Lombard street sits the Palace of Fine Arts.

And on the way back towards downtown, we just had to walk and then drive down the most crooked street in the world, at the other end of Lombard. It amazes me people live off this street, with constant traffic I can't image what it must be like getting in and out of their garages.

{Then it was back to the hotel for more swimming!}

The next day we ventured to Alcatraz. 
A lack of planning ahead left us with no tickets, with the following four days completely sold out. But we were told if we got in line at the crack of dawn there would be a chance of getting four of the small number of extra tickets set aside each day. That meant a wake  up call of 5:30, arriving in line at 6:15. It worked. At nine we were boarding the boat to the island and Max was thrilled!! 

The island holds many interests besides the prison, including beautiful flowers, a garden and striking old structures.

And then the tour itself is fascinating, particularly due to the wonderfully informative and entertaining audio tour. Max said it was the best part of the trip, bar none, and the trip wasn't even over!

Afterwards we hit the first neighborhood we lived in, Cow Hollow, and visited our old spot for frozen yogurt, the best I've ever had. On the corner of Fillmore and Union if you should ever visit. I got the medium and could have eaten a large to be sure!

And if you are hungry for a lovely lunch, stop at Roses! One block further down Fillmore.
Afterwards, a mani and pedi will set you back only $20 at this spot, another old favorite.

{And then it was back to the hotel for more swimming!}

The next morning it was off to Noe Valley, the second place we lived in San Francisco, filling up at a favorite breakfast spot, Savor. Delicious! Then we toured the stores on 24th before walking around the corner to Jersey Street to walk past our old house. I just LOVED living here, with everything within steps. No need to get in the car for days...

Then more sightseeing and a stop by Broadway and Lyon, at an entrance to the Presido. The steps down the hill, past stunning homes, is a wonderful spot to see another fabulous view of the city and bay beyond, while also getting a little exercise.

{Then it was back to the hotel for more swimming...}

Later, before meeting friends for dinner, we stopped in for a quick visit at Britex Fabrics and were surprised to see many familiar faces still working here...

...and a final stop at the Museum Store. This is where I first came across Todd Parr books. Our copies were read over and over and over again when the kids were young!

With a couple more days left in the trip, I'm sure there will be a bit more to share soon...between all the swimming, that is.


  1. Looks like a fabulous trip. I love all your amazing pictures. Good thing you guys were able to squeeze in a little swimming!

  2. loved both your updates from the brought back a whole lot of memories from my trip to SF over 5 years that city..have a great time during rest of your holiday, janell..warm hugs..xx meenal

  3. Sounds like a great vacation! Lovely part of the U.S. for a road trip.

  4. That's great that you got to see your old house. When I was young my dad liked to visit our old houses but he would knock on the door & ask if we could go inside. I remember being so embarrassed by this. Of course, no one would let him come in. But now I get it. I would love to go back & see all the houses I grew up in.

  5. beautiful city and fabulous shopping..enjoy your trip..

  6. San Francisco is right in my own backyard and I must say you know more about it than I do!! I am having fun seeing it through your eyes!! Kathysue

  7. janell! your pictures have me dying to go to san fran! andrew keeps telling me how amazing alcatraz is and i've never been (love the picture of max in front of the sign). plus, you know, i HAVE to check out that hotel pool, too...

  8. Janel ~ so fun to follow along on your vacation. Your photos were terrific and the kids looks like they are having the time of their lives. Your kids sound like how mine were, give them a pool and they are happy small people! Boy I miss California, and with each photo it just reminds me why! Have a great birthday celebration tomorrow and happy travels to you and your family.

  9. What a great recap so far in photos. Looks like you all are having so much fun. I am getting more excited for my trip up there and am taking notes!

  10. Now I wanna go to SF! So cool, Janell!

    Will there be a part 3?!

  11. Janell thank you for sharing all of these beautiful pictures!! I grew up in the Bay Area and have family there still. Going into the city was always such a treat when I was younger! My parents took us to Alcatraz when I was about was awesome! I still remember that trip! I love and miss San Francisco....thanks for letting us tag along on your road trip! I sure appreciate it!!
    Have fun!!

  12. It looks like you are all having a wonderful trip! I have lived in the Bay Area most of my life and can you believe I took the Alcatraz tour just last year! My husband and I were just talking about how we're right across the Golden Gate Bridge and don't take advantage enough of San Francisco. Thanks for sharing your trip! You've inspired us to explore and have fun more often in SF! That frozen yogurt shop is on my list!

  13. Janell, thanks for taking us all along on your great trip to SF. It looks like the entire family is having such a wonderful time! I haven't been in a few years, but after seeing your pics it makes me want to schedule a trip!

  14. Great pics - I feel like I'm exploring there right with you! I'm absorbing all of this like a sponge so that I know all the great places to see whenever I finally get there :)

  15. I'm glad to know that I didn't promise to go to Alcatraz and then not make it. I told my daughter we'll go on the next trip. Thanks to you, I'll know to book it ahead of time. On this trip we were traveling between San Jose and San Francisco so we didn't have a lot of touristy stuff. I told her this trip was just a taster. lol Of course to my daughter, the three story "Forever 21" was the bomb.

  16. Thanks for the virtual vacation. Looks like a great time. I was only there once for a few days before we went to Yosemite for the rest of our vacation.

  17. What a fabulous, fabulous trip you're having!!! My hubby is from that area too, it's so fun to go back with him and experience it 'his way'

    And could you look any cuter?!?!

  18. SO fun!I love San Fran and I'm so excited that I'm going back in July! I am taking notes from your amazing trip : )

  19. Great pictures of a city I love! San Fran is so pretty and I can't wait to go back for another visit. You were so lucky to live there at one time. Enjoy the rest of your vacation.

  20. Looks like your having a great time! Thanks for sharing all of these great pics and bits of info!

  21. I used to work as a manager at Z Gallerie on Union St. That is my favorite area!! And SF is one of my favorite cities!! Glad you ate having a great time! Thanks for sharing the pics with us!

    Tiffany {Living Savvy}

  22. I have enjoyed every single image and description of your trip, how lovely...


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