Jun 25, 2009

cali #2: norcal

so the 2nd half of the trip was spent in norcal...more sights coming up :)
the cathedral/church at stanford university...very majestic, full of stained glass and painstaking mosaic, but i really liked the central dome for its illumination of the church.
the entrance to the church from teh courtyard. it was commencement week so the campus was absolutely crawling with tourists/family/etc etc. there was ALOT of photo-taking going on.
hated the tourist thing but i just HAD TO take a shot with the bridge. i mean, who sees it and doesnt do that!??!?!
the sky was a gorgeous blue that day, and the bridge just looks stunning here. to me, san francisco isnt really about the sights, its about the city and its energy and its quirky vibe.
wearing: heritage 1981 knit top. probably with my trusty jeans. (i really needed to up my game, huh...now that i look back on the photos...haha)
haha, alcatraz.
and who can resist lots of high quality choccies from the bay area's most famous confectionary? all individually wrapped squares...excellent for snacking on, whenever.
lori's diner...another one of those institutions. but i think its a sell-out. dont franchise it!!!! and the food was completely middling i must say. disappointed.
i did, however, manage to make a trip to dottie's true blue cafe, the tiny little shop in the tenderloin district (OF ALL places...). after 2 hours, we got our pancakes, italian sausage, fruit, omelettes, french toast, ham and potatoes.
you want to go to the institutions that only the locals know about, not the chain stores or fast food or anything that's "famous". dottie's is a SF legend, and 2 hours? it was worth the wait.
the bay bridge, unfortunate poorer cousin to the golden gate, which most recently starred in fantastic 4: rise of the silver surfer. and plenty more to come, i'm sure.
SF giants!
ok SERIOUSLY, saks fifth avenue is famous (infamous!!?) for its dedicated shoe departments. i first heard about the zip code thing while watching oprah, and she filmed at the LA location i believe. so, i was extremely heartened to see that in SF, they similarly dedicated a zip code to their cavernous basement of a shoe salon.
and there's where i met the latest love of my life...
yea, i caved again!!! the minipass 90 in camel, patent calf leather. -_-
i put them on and john, the guy helping me out, and i, just had a moment of silence to admire the shoes, it was completely surreal, almost like the world righted itself ever so imperceptibly; things went from soft-focus to crystal clear and my smile was genuine again.
don't judge me here--i didn't shop much the entire trip (BEING LITERAL HERE), with only one big purchase: these shoes. and a wallet, which was for my MUM. so the love did get shared. and people back home got lots of personalised gifts too, and lovely chocolates all round.
city hall: in in the day, and at night. the uplighting is absolutely spectacular. and in the day, the gilded edges take centrestage. a glamorous city hall that befits such a magnificent city.
back where it all first started, wicked!!! ridiculously overpriced merch, but thoroughly enjoyable evening at the historic orpheum. now all i have to conquer is west end.

wearing: michael kors dress. well you HAVE to dress up for the theatre, right?!
the highlight of the trip... okay one of them. spent all my time in NYC in the museums, but it wasnt as pronounced this time. had a lovely day to myself jsut having peet's (san franciscans know its the best in teh bay!) and chatting with people about politics and art...then having the day enjoying robert frank, henri matisse and all the other lovely people. sadly there's no hockney amongst their already-extensive contemporary collection, but jasper johns made up for that deficit. lovely!
the famous castro district...all rainbow flags and little bars and music. i only drove past, though.
and the view of the city from twin peaks.
that bridge you see? its the bay bridge, which i guess looks alot better at night. it was a long winding drive up, but the view of the whole city made it pretty worth it. and the brightly lit street is market street, one of the main thoroughfares of the city.
i'm just posting the highlights of the trip rather than talking about what i did--which was mainly really boring everyday stuff like crash the couches of people i just met, walk around the city alot, go grocery shopping, and meet new people. i actually enjoyed that part alot more than any "famous" locales or photo ops.
SF really surprised me with how liveable it really is. for the longest time i was a detractor of the west coast--i still find socal WAAAY too laid back for me, and for that matter even the other parts of norcal i stayed in were too. but SF is a great mix of hi-low, fast-slow, culture and cosmopolitan life. but my biggest takeaway from the month was the generosity and genuine niceness of the people of california. i had a pretty awesome time there thanks to them. :)
anyone have stories of their favorite cities to share?


Couture Carrie said...

What a fabulous trip, darling! Thanks for sharing all these fantastic photos... Isn't the Saks in SF amazing? Looooove your new babies!


yiqin; said...

That last picture is so pretty! Singapore is pretty mcuh like that too. Lots of buildings!!!!!

*** said...

Glad to hear you had such a great time, I agree with you on SoCal and on SF. I spent my childhood in LA so when I made my way to the Bay Area I fell in love.

Savvy Mode SG said...

oh my gosh, have not visited SF in a year. i think it is time for me to go again.

Lexie said...

sounds like a fantastic trip .. those shoes are gorgeous!

and you look beautiful in your kors dress!

Maverick Malone said...

Awww, looks like you had so much fun!! SF really is a great mix. The people are all really laid back and overall nice, as opposed to a city like new york or even boston. It's not too big, not too small...and it has so many different kinds of people. While I'm more of a NY girl, I definitely have a place in my heart for SF as well. :)

xox, mavi

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Iole said...

wow, it looks amazing...
Love the shoes too.

Valentine said...

Hey Andrea! Thanks for the tour and welcome back! :-) The mural on that church facade is lovely.. must be lovelier in person, right? and that last photo of the city at night is really beautiful. Glittering lights.. as much as city life takes its toll on me.. I would always love its night lights.



HoneyBunny said...

Good to have your back!
The photos are stunning! And your new shoes...omg...I need them!:D

Hanako66 said...

what a fabulous trip! I love SF...one of my favorite places!!!!!

chickdowntown.com Sara Jayne said...

Looks like you had a great trip! That heritage knit top is fantastic!!

The Clothes Horse said...

Love your new heels! Sounds like you had a great trip and I love all the photo ops you took--no problem with playing the tourist thing in a new city, it's part of the fun!
I think my favorite city right now is Budapest...though Osaka, Japan is also pretty awesome...

surimay said...

welcome back!
aaah how fun! looks like you enjoyed yourself heaps! :D
i want to go travel somewhere now... argh but have to find a job :P hehe.
love the patent camel shoes!

Mimi said...

Beautiful pictures, your trip sounds amazing, I am beyond jealous! It all looks so fab and the Loubs... Incredible!!!


emma said...

looks great!

Robin said...

Oh, I wish I was there.
It looks amazing.


K8 said...

I love San Fransisco, it's just one of America's classic cities.


Great trip!!!
So lovely shots, this place is so amazing and also your new shoes! I am so glad you made it!!! Fantastic!
It´s so great too to see you again! I hope to stay! :)))

Kisses and hugs girl!

See you,

heartofpearl ♡ said...

woow looks like you had a blast! i wouldn't mind going to that chocolate shop haha! x

Tina { Luphia Loves... } said...

looks like a wonderful trip!! :)

Ruta said...

omg love these pictures. i love traveling. i need to travel soon...these pictures just made me realise how much i need to leave canada and go to europe...or anywhere for that matter.

Lily said...

You look like you're having a lovely time! I love San Francisco. I'd love to go back there.

arrghhh it's going to be FOREVER until I can travel again :(

Love that knit top!

♥ Marta ♥ said...

Beautiful photos... enjoy the rest of your holiday :)

Cathy Voyage said...

Great pics and lovely shoes!

xs said...

it looks like so much fun!

Jasmine said...

wow the pic with the bridge is so nice!

i was in SF last week and the weather was horrible; cloudy and foggy i couldn't even see the entire bridge!

* Fashion Dreamer * said...

Wow...the first image just blew me away! Absolutely beautiful. The Golden Gate bridge too...never really paid much attention but its huge! Sounds like you had a fab time