TRAVEL EDIT: I left my heart in San Francisco

San
Francisco was the last stop of our USA trip and the place that I was most
curious to see. After watching quite a few tv shows and movies set in San Francisco (Full House and The Princess Diaries to name a few) I was looking forward to seeing the cable cars, Golden Gate Bridge and taking walks along the crooked, hilly streets. San Francisco was all of this and more. 

So we left
Las Vegas, flew straight to San Francisco and took a transfer to our hotel.
I’d booked Beresford Arms, an English style hotel located on Post Street, and
walking distance to Union Square (three blocks approximately).

The entrance to Beresford Arms. 

I loved the Victorian charm of the rooms, the chandeliers in the hallways and especially the beautifully decorated foyer. 

The foyer 
Chandeliers in every hallway

Our cozy room.
Selfies in the bathroom.

After checking
in, we relaxed for a while then headed down to the foyer for cheese and wine.
The hotel hosts a cheese and wine night every evening from 4:30pm to 6pm free
of charge (tips are welcome). This was a great way to mingle with other guests and
relax on the grand couches and armchairs. This was definitely my favourite part
of the hotel and Mum and I looked forward to it each night. 

Wine and cheese? Don’t mind if I do!

We later
headed into Union Square to have dinner and check out some stores…

…before heading back to the hotel and having a much needed rest, only to be woken up continuously throughout the night! Our hotel room backed onto a main street which at night, would fill up with homeless people settling in for the night. I am not exaggerating when I say I’ve never heard such noise before in my life (besides the nightmare neighbours we had living next door a few years ago who would routinely hold parties between 2am – 8am ON WEEKDAYS).  Talking, yelling, fighting, we really heard it all and it lasted all night. Add in some police and ambulance sirens and needless to say, I didn’t have a good night sleep at all over the next three nights! Luckily I was on holidays so it didn’t bother me too much. San Francisco unfortunately has a large amount of homeless people and every night the streets would be lined with people. This wasn’t a problem as they tended to keep to themselves but it was definitely an eye opener. 

The next
day we decided to walk to Lombard Street (aka the crooked street) and to
Fisherman’s Wharf. Lombard Street is famous for it’s incredibly crooked, steep street and it’s such a sight watching the locals drive down the road! 

Lombard Street. It was really hard to take a photo as the place was full of tourists!

Trying San Francisco’s world famous clam chowder in a bread bowl was on my bucket list and I am happy to say that I did it! It was just as
good as I’d imagined and I could have easily eaten two. We ate ours at Boudin Cafe. 

Note the bread rolls hanging from the ceiling. This is actually a levy system which sends bread from the bakery to the cafe. 
So much goodness! 

We wandered around Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39, where I picked up some gifts for family and friends, spotted Alcatraz in the near distance and watched seals sun baking on the pier. 

Fisherman’s Wharf
Pier 39
Salt water taffy. This stuff is so good!
Alcatraz in the distance. The Golden Gate bridge is to the left (not pictured in photo).
Sunbaking seals. 

We later took a walk through Chinatown and the Financial District and enjoyed seeing the hustle and bustle of the city. 

Our last day was spent shopping, picking up some last minute gifts and having a lovely dinner at an old fashioned establishment. 

Union Square

The next day we packed up and headed to the airport to begin our long journey back to Melbourne. Although I was sad to leave San Francisco, I was really looking forward to heading home. I missed Matthew, my family and my house. 

One last bite before boarding. 
Our plane

After a super long flight (at least it felt that way) we finally arrived back in Melbourne. It felt sooo good to come home and be in my own house! The first thing I did was empty my suitcase, take a super long shower and clean my house. This is my ritual whenever I come back from any trip and I cannot sleep until it’s all complete, no matter how jet lagged I am. 

So that finishes up the last of my travel posts! I really hope you enjoyed reading them and let me know if you have any questions or thoughts!

xo Roxane. 

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