Hello from beautiful San Francisco everybody! I have only had the pleasure of roaming the streets for a day and already I am completely smitten.
Unfortunately, my time in New York was extremely busy, and so I don’t have much to share with you. The most enjoyable times that I did have were spent with my ballet family- people from Australia that I have either taught, worked beside, danced beside or befriended in the world of dance that are now chasing their dreams in New York. If any of you are reading this, thank you from the bottom of my heart for the laughs, hugs and most wonderful times. To the people of New York, thank you for boosting my confidence with your seemingly unending string of compliments (particularly of my shoes) and your odd habit of approaching perfect strangers in the street and asking them to dinner.
So now I am in San Francisco. If I said that New York was a little worn and gritty, then San Francisco is like a very dignified and eccentric old lady. She likes her frills and fripperies, never goes without a petticoat, immerses herself in culture and likes everything bright and beautiful.
I cannot get over how my character is in each and every house, their small front gardens neatly tended to give each dwelling even more charm (as if it needs it) and a home sweet home feel.
I could wax poetic about this place and probably bore you all senseless, but I’ll sum up my highlights so far as quickly as possible.
Sausalito: We caught the ferry over to this charming little town yesterday and wandered around. Along the esplanade is a myriad of fanciful little shops and cafes, including the most popular ice-creamery I’ve ever seen. The houses are built into the hills surrounding the pier, and the ferry ride over affords the best view of the city skyline and the Bay Bridge. Special mention to three-year-old Juliet, whose parents told me she’d spied my braid in the ice-cream shop and liked it. I asked her on the ferry ride home if she’d like me to braid her hair. Her reaction and obvious gratitude melted my heart, and I hope I made her day as much as she made mine. Filed under: Perfect Day Trip.
Sweet Maple: Shizzy insisted on taking me to this cafe for breakfast yesterday. She kept saying, “it’s maple flavoured EVERYTHING!” To be honest I wasn’t overwhelmed with excitement as maple syrup etc is not on my list of all-time favourites. I was wrong. It was amazing. Don’t leave San Francisco without a visit, and I highly recommend the French Toast.
Miette: The cutest little candy and sweet treat shop in the city. Enough said.
Chantal Guillon Macarons: Please, please, please set up store in Australia. I promise I will single-handedly keep you in business.
Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf: A hub of tourist activity with a small carnival vibe. With everything from a magic shop, popcorn stalls, and a gorgeous two-tier carousel, and we had the most perfect weather for it.
Cable Car: Beautiful wooden carriages, all hand operated and just slow enough that you can sit facing out of the carriages to view the scenery. With all of San Francisco’s hills, it’s almost like a vintage roller coaster.
Lombard Street: famous for its eight hairpin turns across one block, this oddball little street also boasts views of the bay, the prettiest rose and hydrangea gardens, and houses crawling with bright fuchsia Bougainvillea.
The Ferry Building: If you like fine artisan foods then this place is for you. Honey, chocolate, cured meats, farm-to-table restaurants… It’s all here.
I picked up this dress (and all the accessories) up whilst I was in New York. It is the perfect Spring dress and a perfect match for my mood and the vibe that San Francisco is giving off at the moment. It seriously makes me spin and twirl all the way down the tree-lined streets. Thank you, Marissa Webb, for creating the most perfect dress that completely incapsulates Spring.
Today I leave to go back to Australia, but not before we fit in just a few more adventures. I’ll keep you posted.