It is a big difference from a weeks holiday to going through the paperwork, packing and to find a new place to live - and then get used to living there which can be both a positive and negative experience. Usually it is a mix of both. On the other hand, it is our choice to do it and we do get a thrill out of it.
We always meet lovely people wherever we go and we have friends all over the world which is really nice when you go back to catch up again. All the photos I have taken during the years will be a lovely memory board one day. I have plans of making one.
Anyway, the other day I felt a little pang of a travel bug saying hello. I was a bit surprised. Not that I have any wishes to go anywhere now (apart from small weekend trips), but it was just a lovely feeling to know that the travel bug hasn't gone totally. So I started looking through old photos, had a laugh, thought about the good memories (the bad ones disappear over time) and thought - maybe one day we are off again?
Not now though or anytime soon. I am really loving it settling down here in our new house.
The first photos I went back to was from our trip to San Francisco in 2008. My better half was working up the coast and towards the end of his project I got to visit and we had a lovely trip getting to know the city.
It is a great place. The city is super busy, but the places outside like Sausalito, the wharf, and all the different nationalities and food selection, the vineyard trip and the boat trip with a friend of my husband calms you down after all the hustle and bustle of inner city life. It was all lovely. So I thought I share some photos of San Fran with you all.
Cheers to the travel bug!
|Morning view from our friend's boat with a coffee in my hand. Priceless.|
|Thank gosh for cable cars. Those hills are steep!|
|Sea lions at Pier 39|
|View from Sausalito|
The story of Alcatraz is really interesting. The boat trip from wharf 33 is a little sightseeing trip itself - takes just 15 minutes. Alcatraz Island is located in the San Francisco Bay Area and the small island early-on served as a lighthouse, a military fortification, a military prison, and a Federal Bureau of Prisons federal prison until 1963. Later, in 1972, Alcatraz became a national recreation area and received land marking designations in 1976 and 1986. Inside you can walk around the prison, look into the cells and listen to the stories and learn the history from it.
Today, the island is a historic site operated by the National Park Service as part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and is open to tours.
I could write so much more about San Fransisco, but I think it is even easier to read a bit about it here instead. If you are thinking of visiting, the planning of all the sightseeing possibilities can be a bit overwhelming, so take your time.
Happy Easter everyone!