Photos From San Francisco – Thanksgiving by the Bay

Dear friends, it has been a couple of hectic weeks. Between holiday travels, attending December gatherings, hanging out with my family and living life, the time I set aside for writing has been cut short. Sigh.

Today I decided I couldn’t take it any more. I needed to get back on my computer to share some of my recent adventures in San Francisco, where our family spent Thanksgiving.

My brother and his wonderful fiance hosted us for five days of fun (in a city which has no shortage of exciting things to do). Of course, before starting out on any adventure you need a little nourishment – and my brother and soon-to-be-sister-in-law came through! They set out a feast which included pickled vegetables, oven roasted potatoes, okra stew, and homemade pizzas. Their hospitality and love made us feel at home right away.

San Francisco Dinner

Masha's Okra Stew

And what is the best thing to do after you eat a big dinner? Play dress up of course!Playing Dress Up

From my perspective, a trip to this coastal city doesn’t feel complete without a visit to the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. From there, it is a beautiful walk to Crissy Field to grab a coffee and take in views of the ocean.

A short distance away is the Palace of Fine Arts. Built in the Beaux-Arts style of architecture, this early 20th Century landmark is designed to represent a Roman ruin. Throughout the year, arts performances take place in the building’s theater. If you’re not able to take a look inside, don’t fret! The grounds surrounding the Palace are stunning and well worth a visit. With meandering walkways, beautiful gardens, and a lagoon filled with swans and ducks…it’s a little piece of Europe in the middle of San Francisco.

Entertaining Family SF Trip

At the Palace of Fine Arts

Next on our itinerary was The Mission – a neighborhood which has been settled by families from Central America and Mexico since the 1950s. With taquerias, shops, murals, galleries and interesting architecture (The Mission is home to San Francisco’s oldest building), this area of the city is one of my favorites! And for all of my vegan friends, if you’re in the Mission check out the Mexican restaurant Gracias Madre – the food is delicious and the entire menu is meat and dairy free.

The Mission, SF

Mara in the Mission

Mural in the Mission

Then it was Union Square, trolley rides, China Town, and Little Italy…

Union Quare Tree

San Francisco Trolley

All Aboard

Love in China Town

Traveling to San Francisco makes my heart happy. Being with my family in this beautiful place always brings me joy.

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However, one of my favorite things about traveling is returning home to the life I love and the hometown that fuels my spirit….check out my city.

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