California Dreamin

I'll never forget one of my first solo trips. I was leaving a work convention in Las Vegas and heading to San Francisco for a few days. I would be staying with family in Oakland, however would be on my own during the day. I spent time studying the Bart, which is there metro. I used google to find areas that I would be interested in visiting. I was sure I wanted to hit some of the major sites as well.

Post that trip I returned just a few more times and each time drew me in more and more that I even contemplated moving there a few years back. It's not off the table completely, so who knows, there still could be a chance one day!

Here are just some of my favorite photos from different trips out to California! 

China Town
Every major city from New York, to Chicago and San Francisco have a China Town. Each one is home to different restaurants, shops, and people. I try to visit each when I am visiting a new city.

Golden Gate Bridge
You can't visit San Francisco and not check out the Golden Gate Bridge. Every time I have visited I would take a shot from a different place or angle. I love this photo with the fog in the background as it is true San Francisco.

The Ferry Building on The Embarcadero at Market Street
My cousin was married on the rooftop of Hotel Vitale a few years back. The shot above was from right before the ceremony started. It was a hot afternoon but the surrounding views and the love from the couple made for a special afternoon and evening of partying!

How can I yacht like you?
 While visiting for my cousins wedding we spent one afternoon on Sausalito. A small city in Marin County, across the Golden Gate Strait from San Francisco lies this very cute town. Filled with charm and character you surely don't want to miss it!
Trolley, anyone?
 Well that is one way to see a city. Another is walking close to 13 miles in a day! Which would you prefer?
Can I move in?
Lombard Street, the iconic steep street with 8 hairpin turns is one of my top sites for San Francisco and not for the street but for the gorgeous houses and flowers! I mean can the photo get any more colorful? The whole city if you ask me is colorful, filled with amazingly creative people! It's a city I can only hope to one day maybe call home for a while. 

I will continue to California Dream.....What about you? Where is one place you have been and would love to live?



  1. Lovely post! California is one of my favorites states! I love San Francisco!

  2. I live here and it seems like you have covered quite a bit! Loved that you had a good time here!

    1. Thank you! Yes and there is still so much more to see and I need to make a return visit soon!

  3. First solo trip is always special it look me long to do but I finally did it :)

    1. I remember it fondly! So glad you were able to experience it!

  4. I live in Oakland and I still dream about living in San Francisco :P Oakland is rad too, though.

    1. My cousin lives in Jack London Square! I love Oakland!

  5. I always love seeing my city through others' eyes! Beautiful photos, glad you enjoyed your visit!

  6. I love San Francisco! I'll have to check out Sausalito next time I'm in the area!


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