Putting up a Christmas tree is one of the most magical things you can do. In my case I like to put each ornament on in perfect sequence, stepping back to have a look after each one, inspecting to ensure the tree will be nothing less than a masterpiece. So if you are wondering, yes I like to decorate the tree as a family, however the boys watch me do the decorating and make suggestions along the way, haha.
I have to admit that as much as I love decorative trees I love putting up the travelling ornaments 100 times more. Each ornament brings back the memories from a trip that was either a work trip (for me or the Mr.), a vacation or a simple road trip. The ornaments really tell a story of our lives over the past ten years together – they show the places we have been, remind us how fortunate we are to have been there and remind us of all that we have to look forward to.
This week let’s take a trip to San Francisco for #TinselTuesday.
The Mr. and I went to San Francisco in September of 2014 and we had nothing less than a blast! The city is so unique in its culture, its composition and its atmosphere. The city is built on 46 hills! Side Note: if you fact check this you will get different answers. We were told 46 by one of the Cable Car operators and took it as gospel – in my experience it is always the people “on the ground” that know a city the best. The point is… there are a lot of hills! No matter where you walk you are going up and down steep hills constantly! Using the Cable Cars and the trolly cars became very useful after a few days of walking the hills. Side Note 2: I am being generous… we didn’t waste time walking the hills at all and went straight for the tourist attraction that is the cable cars… and LOVED it!
Since I am writing this for you in the midst of Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping I am going to keep my recommendations simple – here are my top 5 things to do when visiting San Francisco:
1. Go see the Golden Gate Bridge! Yes, it is totally cliché, but it really is awesome!
2. Visit Alcatraz – this was the first prison I ever toured in North America. Although far less creepy than European prisons there was a certain creepiness that went along with hearing the stories from the prisoners (via audio tour) and hearing from the tour guides around the grounds. Make sure you have enough time…this takes almost a day to do.
3. Go to a Giants game! I am not a huge baseball fa, but I LOVE baseball stadiums and the atmosphere that goes with each one. This ball park is “out of this world” amazing!
4. Enjoy dinner at Waterbar restaurant. This restaurant was recommended to me by a Public Relations college of mine from the Port of Oakland. I am so happy we listened to her! Sitting in this restaurant and watching the lights on the Bay Bridge was a fantastic way to enjoy a nice meal together.
5. Leave the city! Usually I would never tell you to do this since I love cities and love getting the change to enjoy a new one, but in this case it’s a must. Take a day (or more…) and go see Monterey, Carmel and Pebble Beach at the very least. Enjoy the drive along the coastline, take in the views, enjoy some great seafood and just enjoy being a tourist in such an amazing surrounding.
I narrowed down these recommendations to 5, but honestly just go to the city! Do wine tastings, try Anchor Steam beer, watch the sea lions at Fisherman’s wharf and above everything else go to the Christmas store and buy a few ornaments to remember your trip by!
My shoes for that: Michael Kors Flats that are on my Christmas list 🙂