Wandering About: San Francisco (2014)

wandering about

Because I’m currently reading Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins, which action takes place in San Francisco, I thought it would be a good time to share a few pictures of the city, from when I was there almost 2 years ago.

The trip included a lot more than San Francisco… we went to Las Vegas, then LA and then we went by car to San Francisco, stopping a few times along the way. I’ll share the photos of the other places at some point for sure, but I was already blogging at the time, so I actually wrote posts about that trip: USA 2014: Las VegasUSA 2014: LA and the Central Coast (California) and USA 2014: San Francisco.

In my post about San Francisco – that you can check out here – I talked about how I felt at home there. I did. San Francisco made its way to my Top 5 cities I want to live in, and it has hold its spot. I want to go back there, and each time I read a bout set there, or watch a show or a movie, this feeling intensifies.

Incredibly, SFO has some things that remind me of Lisbon, with the high hills, cable carts and so much water… not to mention that the Golden Gate Bridge is very similar to our own Ponte 25 de Abril. But San Francisco has a certain freedom feel about it. I had no trouble walking around, I love all the shops and restaurants, some that were open 24/7. It felt like a more intimate New York…

USA 2014: San Francisco

It’s official: I’m in love with San Francisco!


Have you ever had that feeling that “this is a town I would love to live in” when you get somewhere? It happened to me the first time when I was 13 and I stepped in London for the first time, and that feeling hasn’t changed for all this years… It happened again when I first set foot in New York City in 2007 (and again last year… and when I saw the Empire State Building and The Statue of Liberty from the plane this year). I had that feeling again as soon as we entered San Francisco city lines! This is my kind of city! 


I felt that differences are accepted and judgment has no place. It’s a city surrounded by water, but mainly cold. The buildings are beautiful, and so are the up and down streets. It’s definitely a place I want to go back to, mainly because we just had a couple of days there. We did most of the things you should do: Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, Chinatown, Twin Peaks, Alcatraz… We unfortunately didn’t have time to ride a cable cart! But we do have those in Lisbon as well 😉 .


USA 2014: LA and the Central Coast (California)

Forty five minutes after boarding the plane from Las Vegas to LA, we were landing at LAX. With only 1 day and a half free to do stuff, we went almost straight to the Farmer’s Market, had lunch at The Cheesecake Factory and walked around a bit.


Diner was by Manhattan Beach, but it was a bit windy and not very nice outside… what a pity! The next day was Walk of Fame day… when you’re in LA for just a few days, you have to get to Hollywood, right?! And that was it… LA lasted really little time 😦 !


Tuesday we started our drive through the coast in route to San Francisco. On the way there, my mom managed to be stopped by a Highway patrol, because she was speeding, she was driving at 78 MPH in a 55 zone!!!

The first day we stayed in a little hotel in San Simeon, called The Morgan, really really nice. In the morning we made our way to Hearst Castle, which is amazing, but we were unfortunate enough to catch the pool without any water.

hearst castle

A little ways down the road, at a rookery, we saw a bunch of Elephant Seals moulting (changing skin and hair) – live cam here.


Yesterday afternoon we visited Carmel by the Sea and then proceed to Monterey, where we stayed the night, so we could do the 17 Mile drive today, which is really pretty and totally worthy. A couple of hours later, here we are at San Francisco :).