San Francisco is probably one of the most beautiful travel destinations I can recommend. But of course you all already know that, right?
What I truly appreciate the most about my city is the fact, that even though it is comparatively small to most other metropolitan cities, the hills more than make up for the size and of course the fact, within walking distance or (a Muni ride) away, you can experience different cultures within each district (or neighborhood), making it actually and suggestively a huge city.
My choice of exploring any city is of course walking and one of my favorite neighborhoods to explore, not only because of the challenging hills, which give me a great work out, but also the architectural marvel for my visual therapy away from the 9×11 computer screen.
Now, I have included some street signage for you, amazing tourists from around the world and neighboring states and Southern Cal as a guide, so that when you are visiting the city, you can chart your walking tour based on the order of the signage and believe me you won’t be disappointed with my recommend.
But, if you aren’t going to be coming around to visit anytime soon, stay tuned for May 10th and I will share the photos of the architectural marvel which match the street signage. Stay tuned or come to San Francisco and see for yourself.
Bring a pair of walking shoes and a warm pullover or a heavy sweater when you come between Apr-Oct
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Cliche you might say, but couples over 40 tend to mostly dream or talk about a spa day, more so than actually do something about it. Either because, they are too busy or just, don’t consider to include it in their budget.
So don’t laugh when I suggest a couples spa day as a Valentine’s Day gift for one another. Either the weekend before or on the actual day – again depending on work and kids. For example, just outside of San Francisco, in Napa and Sonoma county we have dozens of spas ranging in price and techniques to consider. And although we have them all over the bay area, for some reason I feel on this special occasion, it is more romantic to go to the wine country and have a spa day then just around the corner from where I live.
However, planning for this day takes alot of work. A partner has to be willing to take the time to research and organize it in order to surprise their loved ones properly. Believe me the benefits from the spa day is most rewarding, especially before an s amazing dinner at a restaurant in the area (Napa or Sonoma in this case).
I have included a link here for your consideration (if you happen to be from the bay area) otherwise, I would love to hear from anyone with a list of suggestions from their part of the world.
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I didn’t start drinking coffee until I hit 40-somthing. I guess I was naturally hyper enough in my younger days and didn’t need the stimulant to jump-start me. But now, if I don’t have a cup of coffee in the morning, I simply cannot get in gear. I try some days to not have a cup and I am okay with it, but by the next day I feel it is somewhat crucial to down a cup.
I love to explore unique coffee shops, especially while traveling and often times settle on out of the norm places, because of the type of coffee they use to create their blends, the style in which the coffee is served, and the ambiance and decor. The type of music emanating from their speakers helps as well.
My favorite coffee shops are of course throughout Europe, mostly France and Italy and while there, it is really difficult to turn any corner without seeing a unique coffee shop or coffee bar. What is most enjoyable for me is the fact, they are served in cups and saucers, whether fine china, mostly porcelain or some creative glassware, which is a clear indication that coffee is an experience meant to be enjoyed rather than rushed off in a “to go cup”. Although, more and more places are starting to use “to go cups” in Europe, go for the sit down experience.
Anyway, there are a few amazing coffee shops around San Francisco and Napa, (listed at the end of this blog entry) where you could actually experience some European flare and service, but I would like to also hear about coffee shops which you think is worth a mention most anywhere you have visited. So drop me a line or a link.
San Francisco Bay Area: La Boulange, Cavalli Cafe, Bouchon Bakery (Yountville, CA), Cafe Roma, Cafe Grecco
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I love going to Napa and will find any reason to take a trip up North for the day. When asked what my plans were for my birthday this year since I wasn’t able to go to Paris, I immediately knew it had to be a day in Napa.
Anyway, I spend the entire day Saturday visiting my usual wineries and having a picnic at V.Satui, followed by gelato at Dean and DeLuca marketplace, then a stroll through the quant town of Yountville. But then although my heart was set on having dinner at Napa Styles Bottega restaurant in Yountville, we ended up at Il Fernaio in Burlingame instead. The evening was most enjoyable for me thanks to my family and lots of amazing champagne.
My special birthday was celebrated in the most memorable way with the most important people in my life. I couldn’t ask for anything more.
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