3. “Biking the bridge” is a must! You can see great views all the way there and the bridge is beautiful itself. And just wait until you cross it. Oh. My. Goodness. Beautiful countryside just across the hustle and bustle of San Francisico. But you should know that Sausalito is dead after dark. And it’s very windy on the bridge. And the hills are challenging .
4. My hubby says I should add "The trolley is slow." (Such a man statement, isn't it?) It will sit at the end of the line (along with 4 behind it, and there’s not much schedule to it). But it’s so fun and the best way to get to the touristy places. Of course unless you want to walk... Which is fine... downhill… ;) Oh… and be sure to “hang” off the side. It’s the best. Just don’t hang when you see another trolley coming or when there are parallel parked cars…
5. Chinatown will overwhelm you with the great priced scarves. Don’t buy from the first place you come to (like I did). They get cheaper as you go.
6. In Chinatown (kind of off the beaten path), eat at R&G on Kearney. It is a place that was recommended by a Chinese friend and was yummy and authentic. There's also Belden Alley, which is nearby, but has Italian and other ethnic foods. We ate at Tiramisu, a restaurant our seat-mate in the plane suggested. Yum!
8. Book Alcatraz early (like a month out). (Thanks to Melissa for sharing this bit of information.) With the night tour, you get to go onto the island, walk the audio tour (narrated by actual prisoners and officers with cool stories), see other presentations, and (my favorite) see the sunset behind the Golden Gate.
9. For breakfast, you can always find a Starbucks (they’re on every corner & by the way, it causes cancer in California- and so does everything), or you can go to a place we tried: Honey, Honey. Their juice is fresh-squeezed in front of your eyes (yum!). And they have omlettes & crepes (as well as other yummy things).
10. Take the BART if you’re coming in from Oakland Airport. A cab will take FOREVER and cost you a lot of $ too.
I lied... Here's a bonus. ;) Don’t
over-schedule. There’s plenty to do, but
if you get caught up in the touristy stuff, you may not be able to take it all
in. Look at the architecture. It’s beautiful. My favorite thing overall (though it took
some effort and for my husband who’s a self-proclaimed “map guy”, it was truly
a leap of faith as the map given was pretty ambiguous) was biking the
bridge. It was really fun for us as a
couple. And so was the whole trip.
It took me getting a substitute teacher, and we ended up writing up a will because we'd be 6 hours by plane away from our baby (Did I mention it's not easy to prepare to be dead when leaving for a trip?), and I was worried that I'd be missing my baby the whole time... And, and, and... I was so wrong. Our bubba britches had a wonderful time at Papa & Gigi's and we grew together as a married couple. The best describer I can think of is rejuvenating. If you're on the fence, DO IT! Go somewhere, just y'all. It's important - for you as a person. -For you as a couple. -For you as parents. And now that I've done it once, we'll be doing it again... hopefully really soon! This is the upside to a husband who travels. Oh the perks of #conferencecrashing