Friday, April 6, 2018

A Trip to the West Coast

Spring break was on the horizon and I had no plans but I knew one thing for sure: I had to get away from the cold and the chaos of the city. So, we booked a flight and a week later we were flying across to San Fransisco. I had been once before but it was on a school trip and naturally never got to fully explore. This time we had four days to explore the city and the rest of the week spent driving through the surrounding highways with our friend who lives in Davis. Needless to say, the scenery was a big change from the New York City maze of buildings and crowded pavements. Driving through the open fields and rolling hills, I couldn't think of a better way to spend the break. We made day trips to Napa and Sacramento which both had their own charms and finished the trip back in Sacramento where we got to see the beauty of the coastline. Exploring the cities in the area definitely made it one of my favorite trips and I can't wait until I'm back on Californian soil.

From Davis, we made a day trip to Napa Valley where we decided to visit the Castello di Amorosa winery. The castle tour was really interesting as it took us through all the chambers as well as the amazing medieval artifacts the castle had collected. The castle itself was beautiful and the scenery around it matched its beauty.


One of the places we went on our first day in San Francisco was the City Hall. It was so majestic and the size of it was impressive, to say the least. We weren't able to go inside since it was closed but we got to take some really cool photos from the garden across the street.

One of my favorite places from the whole trip was definitely twin peaks. We came up here to watch the sunset and it was one of those moments that makes you stop and just realize how amazing life is (cliché I know, but true). We got there just in time to see the lights of the city come on and the fog start rolling over as the sun dipped just below the horizon. Needless to say, it's one of the moments I'm not going to forget.

On one of the days that we were staying in Davis, we drove out to Old Town Sacramento which was really cool. The whole place was pretty empty so it felt really laid back and I'm sure the retro vibes of everything helped. There wasn't too much to do but it was still an enjoyable afternoon spent exploring the old town buildings.


The morning before we headed up to Davis we stopped by Mr. Holmes Bakehouse which had every type of delicious pastry you can imagine. It is a very popular spot though so if you plan on visiting make sure you get there early before everything sells out!

We also went for a drive around Davis when we got there and found this amazing almond blossom field which was so beautiful and as can be imagined resulted in a mini Instagram photoshoot.

On one of the rainy days in San Francisco, we decided to go to the Conservatory of Flowers.  It was such a magical place with every type of plant and flower imaginable. It was a really great way to get out of the rain but still get to roam around and see something so beautiful.


On the first day, we also explored the city area especially near Chinatown which was where we found this adorable set of stairs leading up to a tea shop. We also stopped by Alamo Square to see the famous painted ladies which was a nice place to sit and take in the view.


Close to the Conservatory of Flowers were the Japanese Gardens. Just as we got there the rain started up again so we took refuge in the tea house built in the center of the gardens. We enjoyed the matcha while watching the rain fall, needless to say, it was a beautiful moment.

On our last day in SF, we finally managed to make it to the Golden Gate Bridge. We started the day at the Presidio and walked all the way around to the other side of the bridge. It was a long but highly scenic walk that I would definitely recommend taking.

We ended the trip by heading over to the Cliff House restaurant and watching the sunset over the Sutro Bathhouse. It was such a peaceful, perfect moment and the sunset was really beyond words. 

All in all, the trip was everything I could have hoped for and more. I can't wait to get to explore more of the West Coast. 

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