SFO x 2017

I had an amazing trip to Northern California this past week. This marks my first travel log out of my 7x7x17 travel series.

When we were first planning to which city to go to, Cindy & I were looking for bundle deals on multiple travel websites.

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THURSDAY | ARRIVAL

Cindy & I flew out of Miami International Airport early morning. It escaped my mind that the the flight we took is a straight 6 hour flight. What was the best thing about this flight was the fact that they had Moana on and I was able to finally watch the movie!

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The ride was pleasant and we arrived around 10:30 am Cali time. We picked up our rental car & had brunch at Sweet Maple in San Francisco. We devoured our French Toasts, million dollar bacon & Egg’s Benedict’s and washed it down with our mimosas.

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After brunch, we went to see the Painted Ladies and strolled around the famous Lombard Street. There were lots of clouds and the weather was cool. Multiple waves of tourists were out and about in the area, but it definitely wasn’t crowded. Lombard Street was empty, being that it was towards the end of the day.

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FRIDAY | ROAD TO YOSEMITE

We did a lot of prep work and grocery shopping Thursday night for our 3.5 hour drive to Yosemite. We had to make a quick detour to change drivers. During the detour, Cindy and I did a mini photoshoot next to these blossoms. I definitely needed the break, because guess who got a speeding ticket in California?

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After our hiccup, we wasted no time when we arrived to Yosemite. Cindy & I were immediately welcomed with the majestic mountain views, waterfalls and trees of the national park. It was as if mother natured poured out all of her powers in this park.

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SATURDAY | A TUNNELED VIEW OF YOSEMITE

If there was one photo that elicits awe & wonder, it’s definitely this one below. It’s just too surreal. I really felt like I was inside of a painting. No wonder so many people are inspired and motivated by Yosemite.

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SUNDAY | MAKE WAY FOR NAPA VALLEY

Our first stop in Napa Valley was to have lunch at Farmstead. With over 1000 reviews and a 4.5 star rating on Yelp, I was pretty hyped up about eating here. Cindy & I both ordered the blacked passmore ranch trout and it was so divine. Honestly, this was one of the best meals I’ve had, ever since the discovery of Food Network in my life. If you’re in Napa Valley, definitely go to Farmstead.

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After our delicious meal in Farmstead, we went to enjoy some wine tasting at Louis M. Martini. Walking into the area, I immediately felt warmth, which may be due to the big wine barrels and well-placed lighting. This specific winery focused on red wines, but to my surprise, they have a special bottle of moscato. I walked out with a bottle of it, blame my love for the sweet wine. We had a great time here, learning about the different wines. The wine bartender was amicable and the experience felt personal.

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With the sun setting, we walked to our final winery at Mumm Napa (which was recommended to us by the wine bartender from Martini. They had multiple wine tasting flights offered. In the end, Cindy & I walked out with the Cuvee M Red, which was their unique sparkling red wine.

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After a great afternoon at Napa, we headed to check-in to the Palace. I want to thank my friend Karl in advance for the plug. Here’s Cindy’s shot of me napping and some daytime shots from the views in our suite & the Garden Court.

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MONDAY | STAY GOLDEN

Due to events that occurred Sunday night at the Castro district, Cindy and I definitely needed ramen. We met up with Karl for lunch at Slurp Ramen. We all had different versions of the warm and delicious Tonkotsu ramen. After a satisfying lunch, we walked back to our hotel through Chinatown and went to Haight & Ashbury. Cindy told me more about the history in this intersection and why it is such a landmark.

“The birthplace of America’s counter-culture, the Haight was Ground Zero during the summer of 1967, a.k.a. The Summer of Love, baby.”

– Time Magazine

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We knew that the weather is on our side today. Because honestly going to Golden Gate Bridge in the Presidio side was just too perfect. It was a perfect conclusion to our trip, especially while we were up on Twin Peaks just looking over the Bay Area. I love nature and parks, but there’s something about seeing city-scapes that just pulls at my heart.

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TUESDAY | FIN

Thank you so much Cindy for kicking of my travel series, experiencing NorCal with me, and for tolerating my company for 6 straight days. You’re amazing and I had a really great time getting to know more of you (especially your caffeine consumption) and the cities we’ve traveled to!

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{RECAP VIDEO IS UP HERE ON YOUTUBE}

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

On to the adventure, 

JeaTheJetsetter

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#choosecourage 

#couragetotravel

 

* All photos & videos were either taken on the Sony a6300, Sony RX100 IV, or iPhone 6s with Moment lens.* 

 

 

 

 

 

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