Alright, so let’s talk. You (should) already know how much I love to travel. Discovering and exploring new places is super fun and exciting to me – I absolutely can’t get enough. So when I took this trip to San Francisco over the new year, I wanted to kind of virtually take you all along with me and share the excitement!
I am aware that photo diaries are meant to be just that – a diary consisting of photos without words. But I really just can’t seem to keep my mouth shut. So I’ll give you all a little commentary throughout, and play tour guide.
Day 1 consisted of purely driving, eating, and sleeping. Therefore, I didn’t get an awful amount of photos on the way there – but here are a couple snaps I shot while stopped in Hollywood:
Getting into the city on day 2, I took my first ever ride on Bart train (Bay Area Rapid Transit) and I was mesmerized by the view. It wasn’t all greenery and nice houses. You could see the areas that had a lot of struggle, with graffiti everywhere – which really made me love it even more. I was actually born in Oakland, but spent my time growing up elsewhere. So it gave the location a sense of character and certainly left me with a newfound perspective and level of respect for the area.
First things first – I met up with an old friend and local of the area, and uber’d to the Palace of Fine Arts. Seriously taken back by the beauty and feel of this place. I’ll be the first to say my photos could not possibly capture the energy it had. It made me feel like I was a Greek god. I really wish I could have spent more time here, but the sunset was nearing and I didn’t want to risk missing the next stop on my mental checklist.
Second on my list was checking out the Golden Gate bridge. With no expectation of how long this would take, being my first time, it was quite the adventure. I’d say I took too many shots of this, but….. can you ever really have too many of this beautiful landmark? Below is an accurate series of the views on the way up, and at the destination itself.
In the opposite direction of the bridge, is an amazing view of the city. Take a closer look at the two photos below to see the view in the back!
(Navy blue anchor tee: H&M — Denim jacket: Levi’s — Forest green joggers: Publish — Watch: Casio — Maroon backpack: Fjallraven Kanken — Lighting: Mother Earth herself)
View from the way back down:
Here is the part I’m sure you were dreading… the end! Seeing the Golden Gate was the number one thing I wanted to accomplish while in the area. And it 100% exceeded my expectations in terms of beauty. Definitely a spot to check out and come back to every. time. you’re. here.
Thanks so very much for reading and please stay tuned for part 2 of my San Francisco trip! Love you lots.
Photos by myself and Colton Pittman