San Francisco

February 18, 2016

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Hi! I know it’s been a while, but I am finally here with all of my San Fran pics! It has actually been a bit hard for my to write this post. I really wanted to leave my heart in san francisco, but I did not. I loved all of the places I visited and the things I did, I just didn’t enjoy the city as much as other places I’ve been. 

The homelessness devastated me and had me a bit emotional for the few days I was there. I was on my own too, and maybe I am not one of those cool alone travellers that some people are? Then I had to deal with all of the delicious baked goods, which had me emotional for a whole other bunch of reasons. TOUGH TIME GUYS. 

Anyway, I will push on with all of the things I did in San Francisco in 72 hours. All of which I loved SO MUCH.

1. Alcatraz. Interesting and more importantly, beautiful walls to take photos of. 

2. The bridge, Alamo Square, Painted Ladies and Lombard Street. Token but fun and great walking. 

3. Tartine. Repeat often. Croque Monsier is bomb. The Banana Cream Pie is even better. 

4. Bi Rite Creamery. Best ice cream of my life without question. 

5. Bi Rite Market across the road. Buy some lunch then walk down and eat it in Dolores Park. So beautiful!

6. Valencia in the Mission District. Restaurants, cafes and laneways with murals. So lovely. 

7. Zuni. Oysters and Salad. 

8. Mr Holmes Bakehouse. Not sure the line for the cruffins is worth it, but their other pastries were pretty great. 

9. The Mill. As my friend Erika said, just toast but dude. 

10. Foreign Cinema. Another rec from Erika. They play a movie on the wall of their outdoor courtyard. Cute and delicious camomile cocktail. 

So, been to San Fran? Love it? What did I miss?


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18 thoughts on “San Francisco

  1. Cindy

    I do love San Francisco, but it’s emotional! I grew up nearby and when I was very small I would go into the city with my grandfather, before my grandparents retired, to visit my grandmother at work. It’s different now, but the nostalgia is still strong. The homelessness is tough to see (it’s really bad here in Portland, as well).

    1. erinmadethis Post author

      Aw sounds lovely, Cindy. I went with my Dad when I was younger too. He’s not well at the moment, so maybe that contributed to the whole emotion of it all too. Homelessness is just so so upsetting. Portland was my other option instead of SF! x

  2. Erika

    I’m totally not an independent traveller chick either. I love the idea of it but then when I’m actually on my own I just wish I was sharing the moment/pastries with someone. I’m so glad you made it to the Mill and Foreign Cinema and that you loved them as much as I did. And yasssss the Alcatraz walls!

    1. erinmadethis Post author

      I did travel alone in Europe when I was younger, and loved it. What’s happened to me? I also love alone time when I’m at home, but think I want to experience it with someone! xx

  3. Sarah

    Lovely photos and post! I found the homelessness to be quite confronting when I visited. Also, there were a few areas that I felt a bit wary walking around (although you get that in all major cities!). I only got to visit Tartine once and had a delicious croissant. I wish I had been able to visit again and try the banana cream pie. It looks like you had a great time 🙂

  4. merilyn

    i love those houses thankyou erin!
    i’m sure the food was amazing!
    I think everything is in one’s face when traveling!
    and being open to the experience leaves one vulnerable and emotional!
    being there on your own, the experiences would have been more heightened!
    love m:)X

  5. Jasmin

    I’m with you: I think San Francisco is a beautiful city full of nice people and attitudes, but the homelessness made me really sad especially with so many shops with price tags that catered to the gentry. It felt like Sydney in the way it’s really nice to spend money on quality crafted things. I did love the weather (I think we were both there around Christmas last year!) and beautiful scenic spots all over the city. I don’t think I loved it, but I would go back.

    1. erinmadethis Post author

      Definitely agree, Jasmin. The energy of the city just didn’t sit well. I agree. I’d love to go back and spend more time, maybe with friends and would probably enjoy it more. And yes, the expense! Crazy.


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