My travel bug was finally satisfied after not traveling much of anywhere for almost two years now. And boy, I clearly needed it, because a number of people at work commented how refreshed I looked the first day back. It's important to step away from the hustle and bustle of your daily life and enjoy yourself. So over my brother's spring break, my parents took us on a trip to San Francisco. I have only been to LA in California a few times and honestly wasn't as impressed so I had an assumption that all of California is like the LA area. I was so wrong. Northern California is indescribably gorgeous, full of rolling hills, lush green pastures, old trees, and perfect temperatures (not to mention amazing food and coffee...).
Did I mention the fantastic food? I've never had so much good seafood packed in one week before! Salmon, crab, shrimp...my taste buds were in heaven. On our first full day in the city, we hit up Fisherman's Wharf and went to the Crab House at Pier 39 for lunch. We literally got a platter of crab to split.
We spent a day in Napa Valley, hopping between some wineries. We first had lunch in Yountville at Bouchon Bistro, an amazing little French restaurant with seriously the best bread I've ever had. Couldn't resist the fresh French treats in the bakery next door (got myself a box of macarons). We then went to Silver Oak, St. Supéry, Rutherford Hill, and Beringer. I'm a fan of red wine and the wineries had plenty of it!
We spent a different day hiking at Muir Woods National Park. This was my favorite thing to do this whole trip, I love hiking and being deep in the woods. It was absolutely breathtaking to look up at the soaring redwoods that are thousands of years old and thinking our life span is so small and insignificant compared to what they've lived through. Their branches have shaded people and the forest floor for centuries. All of this is just 30 minutes north of busy San Francisco!
There is so much to see within the city itself, we spent a lot of time walking around exploring and seeing the sites! In addition to the Fisherman's Wharf, we walked up the steps on Telegraph Hill to Coit Tower. There were amazing views up there! We also drove down Lombard Street, wandered into Chinatown for an amazing lunch, saw the Painted Ladies, and walked to Hayes Valley. There was another full day spent seeing the Golden Gate Bridge and exploring the hills and coast overlooking it.
Even though Milwaukee still is home to me and cities that are bigger than it tend to scare me just a bit, this post is dedicated to the beauty of San Francisco and Northern California. I will be back. <3