Local Tourist: San Francisco

The first time I went to San Francisco was with my first love for my 21st birthday and ever since then I just had to keep coming back, with or without a lover and often.  It’s a place where I fell in love with the crooked streets, the uphill roads, the industrious grind with the laid back attitude the bay area represents.  Whether you want to get hyphy or be adventurous, San Francisco is a place just right to cater to both needs.  Though, I’ve been a handful of times, this recent visit gave me an opportunity to explore different places that I haven’t explored and revisited places that gave me a different appreciation from what I had experienced before.

My first stop to explore was Land’s End.  Park out by the Cliff House and walk along the edge of the coastal trail.  To watch the layers of waves flowing down shore with the sun reflecting its light onto the water gives a simplistic appreciation of how beautiful the west coast is.  After you sink all that in, stroll down to see the ruins of Sutro Baths and explore it’s garden. It’s mind blowing to think that it was a recreational swimming facility for thousands of San Franciscans.  (You should read the history before visiting).  Keep trekking down the trail to discover different views of the Golden Gate. And if you keep going further, you’ll hit Eagle’s Point Labyrinth, as it’s there to represent “peace, love and enlightenment for all”.   Although, the rocks are removed from vandalism, the original artist, Eduardo Aguilera, will continue to rebuild it as needed. Doesn’t that just warm up your heart? *SIGH*

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Next stop, Painted Ladies. The Victorian style houses  famously known to be painted in three or more colors to magnify their architectural detail. Oh yeah, and they’re also famous for the hit TV show, Full House aka where the Olsen twins played Michelle and Uncle Jessie was a major babe.

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Off to the 16th Ave. Tiled Mosaic Steps. Each step is a part of the whole mosaic mural, representing earth, water, sun and moon.  Fun fact about the beautiful crafted 163  step mural, it involved about 300 locals and 200 tile contributors to fulfill this neighborhood masterpiece. I huffed and puffed reaching the top of the stairs but the view of the city is what really took my breath away!

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Last but no least, Coit tower.  A 360 view of the city. Each window up top captures bits and pieces of San Francisco. The 210 foot tower also includes murals and art pieces within its walls.

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Revisiting San Francisco with different people during different points of my life, I always take something away each time. A new experience, a familiar place with a new memory.  I’ve gained such an appreciation of the city because it has always offered me something different and not just a fond memory or experience, but a novel feeling every time I visit. And when it’s time for me to end my love affair with The Bay, I leave knowing I’ll be back for more.  I love you, San Francisco, you truly are a treat! Until next time, Ciao!



Coat and Jeans: Zara. Sunnies: Celine. Shoes: Marc Jacobs

Photos: Aphril Santa Ana



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