The San Francisco Bay Area (or simply, Bay Area) in California consists of the cities San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose. And I love it!
It's what I suspected ever since I saw my dad's photos from 1977 when he and his friend Manfred reached San Francisco on their road trip along Route 66 from New York City. Over the years, more and more of my friends from Florida and Brooklyn had moved there and I'd been dreaming about visiting or even moving to the Bay Area myself. This week, I finally got to go... and yes, I'd move there in a heartbeat.
During my to-short visit, I got to enjoy incredible hospitality, outstanding food and drinks, inspiring conversations, and so many stunning and anticipated sights.
Most of the places in this video, my dear friend Katie Ainslie and I got to experience thanks to Josh Mitchell, who was the Best Man in the previous week's wedding and video: Catskills Wedding (New York) - In Another Minute (Week 232). Being on a serious mission to see as much of San Francisco in a single day as humanly possible (on hardly any sleep because of the previous Berkeley/Oakland night that started at Revival Kitchen...), he took us all over town by various modes of transportation - just to dip in here and there and get some shots. A champagne toast on Tony and Rochelle's balcony overlooking the city with the Golden Gate Bridge during golden hour was a definite highlight... and the dinner at Nopalito with more friends, Mezcal + bug powder was well deserved after that day. As desert, Kevin surprised me with making another dream come true: driving us across the Golden Gate Bridge!
Places in the video: Oakland home and BART station, view of San Francisco from Tank Hill (just below Twin Peaks), cable cars along California (the Powell cars weren't running), Blue Angels over the Marina (it was Fleet Week), Union Square, Grace Cathedral in Nob Hill, the Castro, street art in the Mission, a peaceful burger place in Haight-Ashbury, the Painted Ladies and sunset sky in Alamo Square... and finally the drive across the Golden Gate Bridge.
Thank you, Josh, you are a rock star! Thank you, Katie and Kevin, for the icing on top (including taking me to Brown Sugar Kitchen on my last day for my very first Chicken + Waffles)!
Another huge thank you goes to Katie, Sonia and Aaron who were amazing hosts and made me feel immediately at home. Beware, I might come back soon...
Last, but not least, a heartfelt thank you to everyone, who met me along the way and made this one of the most wonderful and memorable weekends. I'm so grateful to have all of you in my life!
While in California, I also had an amazing day with old and new friends exploring all that Sonoma has to offer. But that will be another video for another week...
The dreamy song featured in the video is "Our Ego [Feat. Different Visitor]" by Broke For Free / CC BY 3.0
Oh, and I don't know the guy making the silly face to the camera. But if you do that to me, you will be published.
|View of Painted Ladies and downtown San Francisco from Alamo Square at dusk|