Welcome! I’m Catherine. For me, it's important to stretch my mind, travel far, and always have a stash of dark chocolate.

A Full House in San Francisco

Jordan and I spent 2.5 weeks in April and May of 2016 driving the coast of California. If you'd like to start at the beginning click here. Painted Ladies San Francisco

Oh, San Francisco. I'm not completely sure what to think about you. On one hand, you are breathtakingly beautiful. From oceans to mountains to old Victorian homes, it al paints a serene picture. On the other hand, you are difficult to maneuver, expensive and your homeless population is widespread.

After visiting a large city, Jordan and I like to compare and contrast them with one another. So, while San Francisco loses points on the public transportation front, it does win in many other areas; especially with its historic landmarks. Those are worth seeing.

Painted Ladies San Francisco

On Monday, after checking into our hotel, we decided to spend the afternoon in and around the Painted Ladies, i.e. the Full House houses. Our hotel was situated a few blocks west of Union Square and less than two miles from the Painted Ladies. When vacationing in large cities, Jordan and I prefer to walk a lot as it allows us to sight see! We didn't foresee this being a problem in San Francisco...

Prior to San Francisco, there was one instance, in Paris, where we found ourselves walking through a shady part of town. During our stay in San Francisco, we unintentionally walked in a few iffy neighborhoods. While nothing happened to us, we chose to Uber back to the hotel on our return from the Painted Ladies.

Painted Ladies San Francisco

Maybe San Francisco didn't win me over completely, but it still contains beautiful pockets. One of those beautiful pockets? The Painted Ladies! Jordan and I admired the Victorian homes from the large grassy Alamo Square Park. Many of the pre-fabricated Victorian homes were destroyed in 1906 during a large fire but thankfully this particular section was spared!

Alamo Square Park would be an ideal setting for a sunrise picnic. Too bad I'm just thinking of this now. HA!

Alamo Square Park San Francisco

What is your favorite large city? Do you use public transportation, walk or utilize a taxi service? Normally, we walk or use public transportation but my endurance waned as I settled into my third trimeter of pregnancy.

Alamo Square Park San Francisco

Alamo Square Park San Francisco

Painted Ladies San Francisco

Stay tuned for our coffee date at The Mill!

Weekend Links / / Gables and Plantations

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