Flashes of the Bay

Tuesday, August 19

If you've been following my Instagram, you'll know that I just spent a wonderful week in San Francisco with my aunt, who is my favorite human on the planet. I have been feeling so stifled in SLC because of school and some recent drama of the heart. But that salt and sea air, those cookie cutter houses. They brought me life back and I feel so reenergized. That city has such a life and such a history and little did I know, my family has a large part in that history. For instance, my Great Uncle Tom once drove UP Lombard Street, the famously crooked and famously one way down street. God bless the drugs he was on that made him a legend there. My great grandmother also tended to frequent Haight Ashbury and played leapfrog with her friends in the streets from bar to bar. I'd like to think my great grandmother and I would have gotten along very well.

So here are some shots of my trip. Please do enjoy :) PS. This is a very large photo dump. Not sorry at all.

Leaving SLC accompanied by the sun
First stop, of course, City Lights Books
And what I bought there.
Midday Italian sodas stop
Cheese plate break at this fabulous establishment. 
Up to Telegraph Hill
View from Telegraph
The first of many houses I fell in love with 
Crossing the Golden Gate to my Aunt's home. I wish traffic would have stopped on this bridge.
Second day highlight: Ferry boat cruise around Angel Island.
Take me to the water. Leave me with the ferry boats. 
Ma tante et moi.
I discovered a love for sailboats on this trip.
Possibly my favorite picture from the trip. I do love Golden Gate. 
Palace of Fine Arts
My aunt lives right near the bay. This was during our walk to see Super Moon. 
Beach day at Muir Beach! Aka The Day My Sanity Returned 
The surf is the best place to be alone in the world.
Cheese tasting in wine country
View from the top of Lombard Street
If the person who lives in this house on Lombard Street chances upon this,
I will marry you for this house. 
The Haight. My heart. 
Same offer of marriage goes to the owner of this house. 
My last day was spent largely at the De Young Museum. A dream 
My favorite piece in the museum.
Spectator- Speed of Light by James Rosenquist
The view of the city from the top of the museum. Kill me. 
Now, the Painted Ladies are quite beautiful but... 
I'll take their neighbors down the street. 
I visited the house used in Mrs. Doubtfire on Steiner Street and
left a note for Robin Williams in his vast memorial there.
San Francisco Port- my true last stop.
View from the Pier.
The Cupid's Span sculpture.
The arrow found my heart and left it in the bay
Big ups to those of you that made it to the end of this post. I took hundreds of pictures and these are just scraping the surface. But I wanted to get it all out in one post, one beautiful post I can stare at whenever my heart stops beating. I love this city. There is truly nothing like it. Thank you, dear hearts, for sharing this little piece of my trip with me.

PS. This is also my 200th post. :) Here's to many more.


  1. yeap, saw some of these on your instagram :)
    ...I remember when I visited San Fran, I took a zillion photos too... it's impossible not to... so many things there to capture, I found a lot of inspiration... I might go back this year to visit a friend too...
    I also went to Mrs. Doubtfire that time, of course Robin Williams was still alive... I felt goosebumps looking at that photo.. so sad what happened!... so nice to see people gathered flowers and letters there... it is such an iconic movie, I might even say a classic, I love it...he did an amazing performance...
    Glad to see you enjoyed yourself, xoxo

  2. never be sorry for these photos! ah san fran is so close to my heart, and i loved following your adventures via IG :) i feel like SF's magic is in the fact that it has the energy and history and magic of a big city, without the claustrophobia of one. does that even make sense? it feels so free and loose, but it's still the hub of so much culture! so glad you were able to spend time there - thanks for sharing your pictures! xoxo

  3. Loved this post! I really enjoy seeing posts like this - it's like I am exploring America but without the expense of air travel!
    All the houses look so beautiful. And the book store! I could have spent all day just buying books and looking at houses. :)

  4. ugh! i can't wait for October! there really is just something about san francisco. it always draws you back to it. always

  5. Lovely photos :) San Francisco looks beautiful, I definitely want to visit someday. Those different colored houses remind me of Amsterdam!

  6. ooh so many beautiful pics! jealous of your trip

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  7. what a fabulous trip! such great pictures-i did not mind one little bit to scroll through them all. i'm glad you got some time away from the day-to-day of normal life. everyone needs a vacation! it revives the heart, mind, soul. and happy 200th post! here's to many more!


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