This is your warning… We went to San Francisco with friends and I took A LOT of pictures! So many pictures that I’ve decided to break the trip down into parts. Today is Part 1!
Jeff & I have been very blessed to have such good friends to do life with. We have two couples that we’ve been going on trips with for years and last week was our annual couples trip! I say annual, but sometimes our trips don’t happen every year… It all depends on the destination we are going to and what season we would like to visit, plus our kids sports schedules. Our kids range from ages 1-17! We are all super busy and work in a similar field so sneaking away for a few days is tough but so worth it!
Our trip started last week Wednesday. A few in our group had patients to see first thing that morning and then we hooked it to Austin to catch our flight…. which was delayed. We made the most of our time in the airport and hung out at one of the restaurants until we boarded.
I love these girls so much!
Because our flight was delayed, our plans changed for that evening… We ended up checking in to our hotel and not leaving for the night like we had planned. I think the all the preparation for us to leave town plus the time changed whooped us. We ordered food from the hotel restaurant and hung out there before we crashed for the night.
The next day we had a food tour booked. This has become one of our most favorite things to do on our trips! I mean, you walk around the city, learn a little bit of history, and eat the most delicious food! It’s perfect!
Jeff & I waiting at the designated location to meet our tour guide…
Our first stop, Cavalli Cafe where we had the most amazing cannolis!
Next, Pallermo II Delicatessen. Here we tasted several meats and cheeses. The owner was so funny as he was telling us about the tray he had prepared for us. I think he could make it as a stand up comedian if he wanted to! Haha!
As we were walking from one restaurant to the next, we passed the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi. We were lucky enough to run into the Priest on the sidewalk who unlocked the doors for us to view La Porziuncola Nuova, a scaled replica of Saint Francis’s Porziuncola in Assisi, Italy. You can read more about that HERE.
Caffe Trieste is said to be where Francis Ford Coppola wrote much of the screenplay for The Godfather.
Our next stop on the food tour was Z Cioccolato. Here they sent us home with three large “samples” of fudge including their famous seven layer fudge.
Kevyn loves any and all cooking shows so we always send pictures to her when we go somewhere that we know has been featured on a show.
Of course we had to buy some of that fudge to take home with us!
As we were strolling along, our guide let us stop at two of his favorite stores. One was a store that sold various antique maps…
And the other was a hat store.
I think this hat was made for her!
On with the tour!
We strolled past Saints Peter & Paul Church… So pretty!
Next on the tour was Acquolina where we were served bruschetta and smoked salmon paninis. Soooo good!
Our last stop was Mona Lisa for pizza. We were told the owner was very eclectic and it became very obvious with the decor inside restaurant.
After the tour, we purchased our trolley passes and hopped on!
We got off near Swenson’s Ice Cream and stopped for a treat. We ate so much on this trip! Haha!
From there we walked around and enjoyed all the beautiful views.
Lombard street! Also known as the crookedest street in the world!
We wandered upon a park that had amazing views of the city. If you look closely, you can see the Golden Gate Bridge in the background of this picture. (Side note, I used this tripod to take the picture of us and it worked great! I just attached it to a fence and voila! No need to ask a stranger to take our picture!)
We then made our way to Ghiradelli Square where we…
took more pictures and…
ate some more! Haha!
Stayed tuned for Part 2 of our trip!