San Francisco, California Travel Diary

After years of having visiting San Francisco on my bucket list, I finally got to do it! Plus, it was my first time in California ever, so I was dying for this new adventure. And to make things even better, I feel extremely grateful that I am at a moment in my life where I could actually take my mom with me and thank her for being an amazing mother for 25 years. So basically the best part about this trip was seeing my mom so happy and enjoying herself. It was a dream come true for her as well and she definitely deserved it. :) 

But before we start with the good stuff, I couldn't leave out the fact that we actually got to see the Grand Canyon from 36,000 feet above the sky. Yup! I saw the freaking Grand Canyon and I felt like a little kid seeing it from the little airplane window. Proof:

Exciting huh? Now let's get started:

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I took a lot of pictures under the tag #ambinitytravels, and if you follow me on Snapchat (elenarodrz) you saw a lot more. I still can't believe I actually recorded myself crossing the Golden Gate with a plastic poncho under my helmet while wearing eyeglasses. Thank God for 24 hour videos! But let's get to the good part: 

San Francisco:

If you ask me one word to describe San Francisco I would simply say "ADORABLE". The first thing I noticed almost as we got off the plane was that everything is super colorful and flower scented. And I noticed this on very gloomy and rainy days as you will see on the pictures bellow. Also, I hope these pictures let you get a glimpse of the great taste the people have at the Bay! I can't even recall one ugly or damaged house. Every single place we went we saw beauty around us.  

Another beautiful thing we noticed is that even though California is going through a really rough drought, people have managed to keep their gardens green with the most brilliant techniques: flowers and succulents! 

One of my favorite places to visit were Fisherman's Wharf and Ghirardelli Square. As I said previously, everything in this city is so colorful and well maintained. So imagine that with chocolate and good seafood! What could go wrong? Absolutely nothing. I was in heaven. 

Did you know San Francisco had a Chinatown?! Neither did I and it's apparently one of the best in the US. It's a beautiful street to cross if you are planning to shop (or window shop) in Union Square, which is basically San Francisco's 5th Avenue. 

You could walk miles and miles around this city and never get bored. Every street you cross and every neighborhood you enter has a story that you don't need to hear or listen. Beauty is everywhere and you don't need to be an architect or have an artistic soul to appreciate it. San Francisco is really easy on the eyes!

The Painted Ladies: the place where I sat down and kept humming Full House's song the entire time. What a beauty! 

Also I developed a weird obsession with doors in San Francisco. I felt like each of them were a work of art and hid so much behind it. Hope you like these, they were my favorites. :)

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And last but not least, I couldn't leave out the crazy adventure of crossing the Golden Gate Bridge in a bike! And when I say crazy, I mean scary. Half way during my bike ride I remembered that I have a fear of heights and couldn't wait to get to Sausalito! I still don't know how I managed to take most of the pictures... but you know what?! I have absolutely no regrets and I am mostly glad I got to check that out of my bucket list! 

I really hope you enjoyed this post. Visiting San Francisco was on my bucket list for a long time and I couldn't wait to share it with you guys, so please let me know what you think about it! 

Stay tuned for next week's post: Napa Valley and driving through Big Sur!

Until then, 

María Elena <3