San Francisco was founded on June 29, 1776 by Spanish colonists. It is named for the Italian saint St. Francis of Assisi. The city grew rapidly during the California Gold Rush Days of 1849. It’s a great but hilly walking city.
We enjoyed hanging out by Fisherman’s Wharf. I can’t remember the name of the donut stand or even if it’s there anymore but we would go down there to look at the sea lions and grab some donuts.
The water front area is the flattest place to walk around.
2011 was Vic’s first SF trip and my second. I went when I was little with my grandparents, we were visiting my Aunt H. and cousin who moved to California and family friends. SF is easy to get around for non drivers too. On, this trip I wanted Vic to meet my Aunt H. She’s not an Aunt by blood, she’s an old family friend. She grew up in Chicago with my grandma and they remained friends till the day grandma died in the late 1990s. My Dad’s side raised me and Vic never got to meet those grandparents. I wanted him to meet Aunt H. because even though she’s not blood, she really is family to me. Aunt H. passed away last year at 103 years old.
This was a pleasant trip. We got to see family we don’t get to see often since they are on the other side of the country. Vic’s Aunt and Uncle (native to SF) showed us around. We really enjoyed listening to their stories. My favorite was the conversation we had in the car. His Uncle took us to see the painted ladies and while driving us back to where we were staying he said, “You don’t want to come here around Gay Pride Day.” Then I was thinking, great here it comes, is he homophobic? Then he finished, “It’s because they are all naked here around then. Not like there’s anything wrong with being gay.” Right there, I love this Uncle.
SF is a wonderful place to visit, the views from the tops of the hills are really pretty. Nature is easily accessible and great for non drivers. It’s also the perfect destination to jet off to other destinations like the Monterey Peninsula and Yosemite.
We really enjoyed walking around at night.
On this trip, I finally saw fog! It was beautiful seeing the city blanketed in it.