Farewell, California!

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On our last full day in California we had two options – stay in San Francisco or head elsewhere. Having not actually liked San Francisco all that much* the choice was easy – we’d take our last opportunity to get some sun!

(*I think maybe it’s because my expectations were so high – literally everyone I talked to about the city raved about how amazing it was and our experience was okay but nowhere near as incredible as I’d hoped. A lot of it probably had to do with where we stayed. We were right downtown on Market Street which turned out to be quite a dirty, unsafe-feeling place. We actually even saw a store being robbed! I think if we were to go back we would stay in one of the more residential, calm areas like Haight-Ashbury which would (hopefully) give a much different experience.)

Decision made, we hopped in the car and zipped over to the Pacific Coast Highway heading south and pulling over at the first small, uncrowded beach we found. We snoozed in the sun and splashed in the waves for most of the day, enjoying the warmth and gentle sounds of the ocean.

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The elusive G in the wild!

Returning to San Francisco as the sun was starting to set we made one last attempt to see the Golden Gate Bridge in all its glory.

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Unfortunately, the fog had other plans!

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We crossed the bridge and headed up to see if we could get above it in the Marin Headlands…but this is the view we found:

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Majestic, isn’t it?

If you squint you can see…nothing. Absolutely nothing. But at least we tried!

As we were already across the bridge we decided to find dinner in Sausalito. After parking we wandered along the main street and peeked at the menus offered by the various restaurants dotted along the shoreline.

In the end we opted for the charming Scoma’s Sausalito.

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Over delicious, fresh clam chowder, seafood risotto and fresh fish caught that morning, we reminisced about all of our favourite parts of our trip .

Hours later (with the sun firmly tucked up in bed) we emerged pleasantly full, and strolled along the shoreline admiring the views over the Bay and the lights in the fog.

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The next morning we got up early to pack for the journey home (not an easy task considering the amount of shopping I’d done!) and tried to decide what to do with our last half day in California.

We didn’t want to be frantically moving from place to place so we opted for something that offered a wide variety of fun things in one place – the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park.

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With an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum and a ‘living roof’ there was tons to see and do.

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We happily explored, making new friends along the way.

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Before we knew it, it was time to head for the airport for the journey home. After three full weeks exploring some of the best that California has to offer we were happily exhausted and snoozed our way back across the Atlantic.

It was an incredible trip we won’t forget and I’ll be wrapping up my highlights and top tips later this week so make sure you check back in!

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