Have you ever thought to get away for a week just to release?  Well, that’s exactly what I did.  With the amount of work and stress that had accumulated over the last months, I knew I had to find a solution.. I had to get away.  So, my plans took me to San Francisco, CA!  I had been here once as a child and could recall riding on cable cars and Chinatown.  But that was the most I remembered at the age of 5.  I’m 25 years of age now and ready make the most of my trip here.

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Before arriving I decided to find transportation from the airport to my hotel at the Sheraton at Fisherman’s Wharf.  I found a great limo company online, San Francisco Limo, which provided 24-7 on time airport services and got a great one-way rate for it as well.  I will likely use them again for my trip back to the airport.

As I was taken to my hotel, I struck up a conversation with my limo driver, Tom, who was great.  Because I was a newcomer in town, he gave me list of great places to check out during my visit.  This company also provides city tours of SF in their luxury vehicles, which was a nice option, considering I didn’t really know my way around.

So the following day, I decided to book a tour of the city.  I received a great all-inclusive rate and had another awesome driver, Shawn, show me around.  We spent about 3 hours touring the city.  Our first stop was at the Twin Peaks where I was able to view the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge, the entire city of San Francisco, Alcatraz Island, Yerba Buena Island over a 360 degree panoramic view!  It was amazing!  There were coin-operated telescopes to help you take in the sightseeing.

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We then passed through Alamo Square, which is famously known for it’s rows of Victorian homes, like I remember seeing on Full House, if you even remember that tv show.  From there we headed to Chinatown.  San Francisco is the oldest Chinatown within North American and the largest outside of Asia.  Chinatown then connects to Union Square in downtown San Francisco, a shopper’s paradise.  There’s Neiman Marcus to the left, Macy’s 8-story high rise to the right, with Union Square right in the center of it.

We passed through Civic Center which houses the City Hall and the Opera House, passed the Transamerica pyramid building, if you remember the triangular building in every picture and postcard of San Francisco.. We drove through North Beach, also known as “Little Italy” and finally made our way to Fisherman’s Wharf.  I will be able to explore this area more in these coming days as my hotel is here.

Shawn then circled around and we drove through the Golden Gate Park which is fabulously huge and beautiful.  I was able to see glimpses of the Conservatory of Flowers, the Japanese Tea Garden, California Academy of Sciences, the De Young Museum, and the Exploratorium.  I also learned that Golden Gate Park is one of the world’s largest and developed parks.

Finally, a trip through Golden Gate Park led us to the Golden Gate Bridge.  I was taken the other side where we parked and I had the opportunity to take many gorgeous photos of the Golden Gate Bridge, like the ones you see on the postcards.  This was a very amazing trip and it has only been 3 days since I arrived.  I look forward to the rest of my trip and grateful to Tom and Shawn for a great first part of my trip.