Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Staycation Weekend

This past weekend we took a few days off of work to relax and enjoy the Bay Area. Four days of exploring, eating and lounging was exactly what we needed after a busy week. There are so many cool parts of the city we just don't go to that often like the Mission and the Castro, so it was fun to poke around those neighborhoods. We also did a seven mile hike in Mt. Tam near Stinson Beach and visited a quaint traditional pub called The Pelican Inn that made us feel like we were back in England. Here are a few photos from these glorious past few days...
The view of Stinson Beach from our hike through Mt. Tam
We waited about 30 minutes at Tartine for these insanely delicious morning buns...worth it!
Beautiful blooms outside of Bi-Rite grocery store in the Mission
Lounging at Delores Park...love the view of the city from this place
Lunch at Starbelly, as recommended by my good friend Molly
Highly recommend this place! As you can see, the fried chicken sandwich was very, very good 
And finally, two ice cream cones to go from Bi-Rite Creamery because we had to

Happy Monday!

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Americas Cup Weekend

I'll be honest...I haven't really been following America's Cup that closely this summer, but when I went out to cheer on Team USA last weekend, I realized what all the buzz was about. It is actually pretty exhilarating watching these massive catamarans glide by so fast! And you have the beautiful San Francisco Bay as the racecourse which isn't half bad. I love that they've set up bleachers in the Marina where you can leisurely watch for free...especially since the seats seemed a bit pricey for someone who isn't a diehard fan! Sports like sailing remind me of watching rowing at the Henley Regatta in England...very chic & elite. Although I didn't quite know what was going on, I felt completely comfortable amongst a crowd of people who obviously weren't massively into it either. I was cheering for Team USA, and that's all that counts, right?

Americas Cup is only going on for another week or so, so I'd definitely recommend heading down on a weekend to check it out. Maybe bring a bottle of bubbly and set up shop on the beach...could turn into a fabulous afternoon out!

Monday, 9 September 2013

Cinque Terre | Italian Paradise

Even though it's been ages since our France & Italy trip now, I couldn't not post photos from the last stop, Cinque Terre. It is such a gorgeous place...I first went with my sister years ago, so when I went with Jim in May, I knew I'd love it just as much as the first time. And it did not disappoint! We explored the sleepy little coastal towns over two days - short-lived but just enough to eat a lot of pasta, lay out on the beach with fresh focaccia in hand, and hike from Corniglia back to Monterosso, where we stayed. 
I adore the white and black stripes on this old church in Monterosso. What a gem!
Here's the view of Vernazza from the hill as we hiked back to Monterosso. I recently turned this picture into a canvas that's hanging above our bed.
Love all the bright pops of color in Monterosso.
Artsy flower photo at a restaurant on the hill above Monterosso's old town. 
I kind of love this look for a patio one day.
Here's the coastal path we took from Corniglia to Vernazza.
A view of Moterosso's new town where our hotel was...the beach was pristine & the weather was perfect.
A few of the many slices of focaccia we consumed in Cinque Terre (I think I gained at least 5 lbs on this trip!)
Our lovely hotel, La Spaggia. Family-run and very quaint.
Until next time, Italy! 

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