Vibrant on the Bay - My Family Travels

I live in the vibrant and diverse bay area.  The most amazing things happen here, and a lot of them in San Francisco, or “The City.” The City is full of culture, history and diverse happenings. If you are a first time visitor in San Francisco there are some definite must sees and eats that I would recommend. First on my list, stop by the Golden Gate Bridge for a breathtaking view, plus its one of the most famous landmarks in the world! Then you should head on over to Fisherman’s Wharf. The wharf is full of many things to do, whether you want to stop at the aquarium to see the underwater wonders of the bay, or if you want to stop off by the dock and see all the huge seals that are always bathing on the docks and acting up to get attention.


There are multiple restaurants that you could eat at on the wharf, one of the best being Alioto’s a great seafood Italian food source, with great on the water views and even better on the water food. If you want a more relaxed kind of feel and you have a party of people who cant make up their mind on what they want to eat, get Off The Grid. It is an extravagant caravan of food trucks (all types) whom every Sunday meet for Picnic At The Presidio from 11am-4pm. You can relax, grab something to eat and even do a little produce shopping if you’d like!

And if you are looking for a little more culture, indulge in tons of it by stopping by and roaming in china town, through the Bank Of Canton for a little architectural history, or stop in one of their many herbal shops to learn a little about Chinese medicine. And if you really enjoy learning you can head to the California Academy of sciences, where you can adventure into a world of wonder, and learn about the academy’s living roof, after all it is the greenest museum ever. Learn about more than 40,000 million live animals that the museum has. In addition you can experience our solar system in a virtual exploration of space using live footage from NASA.

If you had a long day at the Academy and you are looking to wind down you can head over to the Japanese Tea Gardens where you are immersed in the calmness of the Japanese culture and can settle with a warm cup of herbal tea. All of these amazing places can be experienced fully during any time of the year, but if you come to San Francisco during Christmas time there is an amazing warm feeling spread throughout the city, and the center of this warm feeling is thriving from Union Square where everyone is bundled up with boots, scarves and gloves drinking the warm Christmas flavors in a Starbuck’s cup. The night would be glowing from the huge Christmas tree in the middle of Union Square. Everyone is taking time to go ice-skating with their family and friends, and everyone is shopping for their loved ones. The experience and warmth you get in Union Square during Christmas time is like no other, and it is truly one I would wish upon everyone. So if you happen to come to The City during Christmas time go ahead and try the several amazing places of culture, but not until after you experience Union Square. 

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