Wanderlust | San Francisco | My First Impressions | A Travel Guide

Forget wifi. Get a map. Hold it in your hand. Trace streets. Find Landmarks.

Go to the Piers

There check out the farmers market if you can. The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, blew me away. It is year round. Rain or shine and on a Saturday. I know you know me well and you know how much of a sucker I am for local living, discovering  local foods and crafts and this market was huge, full of vibes, food and special items. And you know that I make it my business to find local farmers markets whereverver I go. Plan to have a meal here and listen to the live music.

I loved Pier 39 

Hop the F Train, a historic street car to the market and wharves, to Fisherman's Wharf... I suggest taking this down the to waters edge. Roam and explore the San Francisco Piers. Hop off at Ferry Building and walk along the piers all the way down to Hyde Street Pier

To satisfy your chocolate love there is Gihiridelli, down by Hyde Street Pier. Go.

And there is Alcatraz. View.

Notice the bridges..the Golden Gate bridge in it's magnificence and the Oakland Bay Bridge 

Walk the jetty along the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Wander.

Make sure and take the San Francisco Tram...I suggest taking this back to your home away from home, into the city from the Piers end. Observe the operators turning the tram at the pier end to prepare for it's return into town.

Observe the views from the Tram it passes up on the hilly end of the city. A sunset trip is mind blowing and the city lights are inspiring. 

Have ice cream at Swensen's...I missed doing this and I so want to know what it is like. So make sure to tell me.

Stay North of Market Street. While more expensive I think it is less remote and isolated than the hotels and accommodation south of Market Street.

Shop along Market Street. For your Pandora charm needs, grab the San Francisco Tram Charm. It is exclusively and only available here, in it's name sake city.

Have coffee with a Stranger.

Don't be afraid to go alone.

Sit and read or just people watch from a cafe.

Walk with an umbrella.

Cover your toes.

There is Little Italy and Chinatown, visit them if that is your kinda thing. I didn't get around to this.

Escape to Lombard Street. The flowers are pretty and the interesting. It is the highest street in the city, up a hill and winding down hill.

Visit the Yerba Buena Gardens.

And Union Square.

Grab a fresh juice. I loved Project Juice juices.

Grab a healthy meal. I discovered Fresh Roll, a Vietnamese eats place that I frequented while heading out. 

Eat Dimsum and have some tea at the Imperial Tea Court in the Ferry Building, Pier 39.

Then there are the day trips out of the city but I know your time is limited.

Dedicated to my friend Ru who is on her way to the lovely city, with love from Freeport

Chan

A Photo Story ... A day in San Francisco... Enjoy

 

I spent two weeks in the city. It was the first time I set my camera on manual and it is where I started my journey into Manual Photography. This day I took 1607 photos... most of which were a hot mess... The photos are arranged from the end of my day that day, straight through to the my morning walk from the loft in which I stayed. The date: December 5th 2014.