It’s funny I often visit San Francisco but never seem to get around to writing about it. So here I am finally sharing a few snaps of my favourite spots around the city, as seen through the lens of an iPhone 5.
Like London’s Tower Bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge never ceases to take my breath away. It’s beautiful in the fog but I love it best on a clear sunny day.
I was so tempted to get these San Francisco-themed Converse trainers I found on Haight Street. Shame I’m too old for stuff like this. Haha. But I think they’d make a lovely gift — a lot more special than your usual S.F. tourist tat. While we’re on the subject of tat, I do recommend having a look around the the newly built Golden Gate Bridge information centre, which carries some top end tourist tat (which G will be the lucky recipient of — sorry, no photos as don’t want to spoil the surprise for him).
The San Francisco Bay Area is known for it’s beautiful scenery and amazing food. A lot of people (namely tourists) flock to Fisherman’s Wharf (Pier 39, to be precise) for the iconic New England clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl and Dungeness crabs.
But if you want the best to be had in the Bay, I’ll let you in on a wee little secret. Ditch the wretched smelly tourist trap and head to Half Moon Bay, a beautiful seaside hamlet just south of San Francisco. There you’ll find Sam’s Chowder House, who serve the best clam chowder, fresh crabs and the tastiest lobster rolls to be had in the Bay Area and quite possibly, the world!
Half Moon Bay is also home to the Maverick’s, California’s claim to fame for big wave surfing. In winter, it is not uncommon for Maverick’s to produce waves of about 25 feet (7-8 metres), and they can often reach a height of over 50 feet (15 metres).
If you’re looking to book a holiday to San Francisco and want some ‘local’ tips on where to eat and what to see, I’d be happy to share more of my favourites with you!