Sunday, March 24, 2013

San Fran Day 1

Once hubs & I arrived in San Francisco we had to figure out our transportation.  We decided on a 3 day unlimited pass for the Bart (to get us from airport to hotel), the muni (to get us from place to place during the day) and the trolley (because everyone needs to ride a trolley, right?).  We were glad we did this and it pretty much paid for itself in the 2 Bart rides we took to get to the hotel and then back to the airport when we left.  We were straight thuggin' it in our sunglasses on the Bart.
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After checking into our hotel we went straight to lunch.  We were starving!!  We ate at a local tourist staple on Fisherman's Wharf.  Boudin Bakery.
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You could eat more as a grab and go downstairs or you could enjoy a sit down upstairs.  We decided on the upstairs location and I'm glad we did!  It was a nice place to relax for a little bit before the tourist activities started back up.
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We sat near a window seat that overlooked the bay area and Alcatraz which was the island area you see out in the water.
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We laughed at the amount of leopard I had.  The inside of my jacket, camera strap, scarf and sunglasses were all leopard print.  A girl can never have too much leopard! ;)
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Just the smell of the Boudin Cafe was delicious but once they actually placed the sourdough bread in front of us we almost went crazy.  It was delicious!
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We ordered the popular clam chowder to split and a pepperoni pizza (covered in puddles of grease) to split also.  The clam chowder was a hit!  Pizza...not horrible as it was made with sourdough bread but not the best pizza I've ever eaten.  And I wasn't so crazy about the grease!
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Next we walked down Fisherman's Wharf to head on over to the Muni to take us to the Golden Gate Bridge.  I was so excited to see this!
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It was unreal how much larger it was in person.  Such a neat structure to see in real life!
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This picture makes the bridge look fake!
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We walked to the other side of the bridge to look around.  All of the structures underneath were unreal! A lot of planning went into this bridge.  All of those beams made me dizzy thinking about how you could come up with a plan to make it work.
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And here we are standing up on the Golden Gate Bridge!  Bucket List...Check!  It was sooooo cold and windy!!!
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These are all of the cables that make up the main span on the bridge!  Unreal.
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They also had a a small replica of the bridge to show how it suspends.
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More info on the bridge...
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And here is the man with the vision.
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Oh and this guy...He's cute.
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After our trip to the bridge, we made it back near the Fisherman's Wharf area and then headed over to Ghirardelli Square.  I loved all the scenery along the way!  :)
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They showed how they made the chocolate in the back of the Ghirardelli shop.
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And I caught this guy sticking his finger in to sneak a lick of the leftover chocolate...EW!!
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Hubs & I ordered the Bay Bridge Brownie.
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This treat was COMPLETELY bolus-worthy in my book!  The brownie tasted like straight up icing...RICHLY sweet.
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For dinner that night, Hubs & I decided to go ahead and just walk to our location.  We just randomly chose a spot close to the Bay Bridge because we wanted to enjoy it's light show that night.  It was about a 2 mile walk and it was freezing so we stopped by our hotel to grab some warmer clothes.  For whatever reason we decided to walk...I DON'T KNOW.  But that was a bad....bad...decision.  #exhaustedbytheend  At least the scenery was nice!!! ;)
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And the Bay Bridge lit up at night was beautiful and relaxing and calming.  I could have stayed there all night.
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We were so exhausted by the time we reached our destination and we didn't quite look at the prices of the restaurant we were headed to and turns out it was 50$ for main dishes not including drinks or sides.  The restaurants around it were even more expensive!  Well darn.  Poor planning on our part.  ;)  To top it off my blood sugar was dropping from not eating yet and all the walking.  #type1problems So I'm stuffing my face with skittles and we are frantically trying to find a place to eat.  We finally settled on the cheapest least expensive option to choose from and headed on in.  The place we ate at was called Region.  And it was fancy inside!!!
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We felt way out of place coming in our touristy jeans and tennis shoes at 10pm to a very fancy dinner place.  Good thing for us...they didn't care at all.  We were paying customers in their eyes.  ;)  The food was DELICIOUS (I think anything would have been at this point...hahaha...starving!!!)  And the wait staff was wonderful.  Needless to say, we definitely took the Muni back to the hotel for the night.  ;)  We got all of this done in less than 10 hours and I still don't know how we managed that.  Dedicated tourists I guess???

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