5.07.2013

gentle people with flowers in their hair

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

8. Miette

It feels like my whole semester was leading up to this trip to San Francisco...and now it's come and gone. I keep remembering how fully packed all my days were, but still feel that I hardly scratched the surface of that great city.

I didn't get to see Alamo Square...or these beautiful steps...or Alcatraz...or shop at Little Vine...

All the more reason to go back someday, I guess. San Francisco reminded me a bit of Berlin...the charm of sidewalk caf├ęs and green spaces, balanced by a hefty amount of grit. But, as I reported to J, not our future home, I don't think...just a bit too much of that grit...and much too much money.

I'm also a little embarrassed to report how much my New England soul revealed itself on this trip. At the sign of a little bit of friendly conversation, my dukes go up, and I'm ready to defend myself. It was a good experience to learn to accept unsolicited recommendations and directions from strangers on the street.

I spent a beautiful day with my dad's cousin, driving down the zigzags of Lombard Street, walking along the piers, and eating cioppino at the Cliff House while the sun set over the west coast. I caught up with a couple of friends, visiting the exploratorium, browsing Bi-Rite, and picking up some local treats at the Ferry Building to bring home to J. And I managed to snag some alone time when I took myself out for sushi and hopped on the cable cars in the early morning hours.

And naturally, I spent a little time at the conference that got me out there to begin with. Two successful presentations...and the opportunity to be inspired by the work of many, many amazing people.

I remember my parents often saying that the nicest part of being away from home is to remember how much it means to you. And besides being overjoyed to wrap my kitten in my arms, and wrap both of us in the arms of my love, I am also newly enamored of Boston. I remember what it is to see this place through the eyes of a tourist, and we are so excited for another summer of exploring our own backyard.

16 comments:

  1. San Francisco is such a fun city to visit. On a solo trip one of my favorite memories is sitting in a park just outside of Chinatown early one morning and watching a group do calisthenics. It was such a peaceful, serene moment.

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    1. Yes! I saw lots of tai chi. It made me want to participate!

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  2. Glad you had a good time! Such wonderful pictures. I'm dying to visit!

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  3. Boston really is the most charming. I can't wait for my first summer here with James. I've always wanted to go to SF tho and honestly, Boston could use a few more side walk cafes if I do say so myself.

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    1. AGREED. Sidewalk cafes really make a city, don't they?

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  4. So glad you had fun! Still kicking myself for not sending you those recommendations, but it looks like you did extremely well on your own! How was Miette? I've always wanted to stop in there.

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    1. Miette is super cute! One of those stores that feels so refreshing when you step in...quiet and pretty.

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  5. THESE PICTURES!!!!!!

    Did you know Zan and I are thinking about traveling to SF this summer? And {hopefully} we're really going to make it happen! I need l show Zanner these pics, that's FOR SURE. Amazing.

    What a perfect post, Clair. Just lovely. :)

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    1. Yayyy! All of the above activities were so fun. Will keep my fingers crossed for you!

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  6. These (gorgeous!) photos are making me want to go to San Francisco even more. Glad you had a good time; glad you're glad to be home. :)

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  7. Amazing photos! San Francisco would pay you if they saw this post!

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  8. These photos! Clair! They're spectacular. San Fran is one of the few cities where A and I could legit both work in citites that thrive for both of our careers (me: product dev & tech, A: music and art). So, we're sort of itching to take a trip west and explore. I think, if it wasn't for the insane cost of living and the fact that we have a paid-off condo in Chicago on the lake, we'd be looking to move sooner than later. San Fran is one of those spots that even though I've never been, can totally see myself in. Is that weird?

    Thanks for sharing! Saving these travel tips away for our trip someday!

    xx, e
    www.leanerbythelake.com

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  9. BEAUTY! San Francisco is currently #1 at the top of my to-travel list. Or maybe tied with Seattle. Or tied with Seattle and Austin. What I'm trying to say is... I love this peek into your trip!! Miette!! Did you get anything???

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    1. Picked up a little treat for my mom, but couldn't commit to anything else...just too much to choose from. I'm kicking myself now! It's a must-see when you get yourself there.

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  10. so many beautiful pictures! i also love san francisco, but it's not the place for me to live either. but boy is it fun to enjoy it!

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  11. Ah, San Francisco! It is one place in the USA which both me and my mom wish to visit someday.
    Your pictures are beautiful, especially the one of Maiden Lane and the bridge!

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Thanks for making me smile. =)