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San Francisco : Day 2

December 25, 2010

Breakfast at Sears Fine Food - forgot SD card in the hotel room so no food pictures. The signature 18 pancakes were so-so but the hash browns were unforgettable.

We proceeded to take the cable car to Hyde St. where we rented bikes for the day.
Biking from San Francisco to Sausalito via the Golden Gate Bridge

I want to move to San Francisco just so I can utilize their biking trails - it's so scenic and incredible. The hills are amazing, better than rollercoasters IMO.
Found my dream car in Sausalito - the perfect shade of pink and it's also Earth friendly.
We took a short lunch + ice cream break at Sausalito
I had Macadamia Nut ice cream in a waffle cone while my parents opted for a small vanilla
Got burgers from Hamburgers - the revolving grill was pretty mesmerizing to watch
Saw a toy store next to the ice cream place, with HK in the display window I couldn't resist a look
We had to leave Sausalito- had a ferry to catch in Tiburon. The trail there was beautiful but got quite hilly at the end.
Stopped to recharge + bathroom break at a Chevron
Finally! After 20+ miles (and getting a little lost along the way), we arrived at Tiburon. I was beyond excited to see this sign - I was sure I wouldn't be able to find it.
We missed a ferry by 10ish minutes so had plenty of time to enjoy afternoon tea (I don't drink coffee but my parents do) before the next one arrives. The fruit tart was pretty delicious.
The Blue & Gold - had an on-board snack bar and bike racks.
Back in San Francisco - for some reason (I suspect an effort by workers to get overtime) it took them forever to load a car and get it on its way. We waited over an hour and a half to get on a car. Everyone was displeased. San Francisco, please improve your public transportation system.
Dinner at Imperial Palace in Chinatown...my dad insists on at least one real Chinese meal everyday.
Complimentary mango pudding - I forgot to take out my camera until that last bite.
For those who asked, I used my Nikon D40 to take all of these pictures (it's the only camera I own). :)
Addendum: I do edit the pictures - I crop, adjust the light and often tweak with saturation. 

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13 comments

  1. looks like good weather in sf?!? or am i being fooled by the sun? sometimes i look out the window and it's bright and sunny. then you step outside and it's freezing and super windy! so glad to see you're enjoying sf and the yummy food! merry xmas elle!

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  2. Sounds so fun. I am glad you're having a good time in SF. I want to revisit SF soon. I have family in Sunnyvale which isn't too far from SF. I love that city so much. Merry Christmas, Elle :)

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  3. Wowie..Beautiful pictures! Do you do any editing? I have a D40 and my pictures don't turn out like that :(
    Merry christmas lady!

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  4. Jenny - I do edit, it's hard for me to get the right lighting. :) Merry Christmas to you too!

    Sydney - Merry Christmas to you too! :)

    Ping - it was so nice yesterday and we lucked out with the bike trip. It poured today so I was happy we at least got one day of good weather. It's breezy but nice. Merry Christmas to you!

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  5. I just ate dinner, but your pics are making me hungry all over again, especially the fruit tart, ice cream and Chinese food! Ca weather is SO nice right now. We're expecting another snowstorm in the northeast!!

    PS - You've got a great eye for photography. Choosing and framing subjects wonderfully. Makes me want to invest in a nice camera!

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  6. I love these pictures! Looks like so much fun and I really really want some macadamia nut ice cream right now :(

    Re: my sofft heels, I think they're average on comfort level.. But I'm really not a heel-wearer so of couse they hurt when I wear them too long, but they're more comfy than the majority of my heels. I used to think it was an old lady brand but I really like the look of my patent slingbacks, not too tall but not too short either. hope that helps!! :)

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  7. these pictures look so awesome! : ) all the food looks so good! i love how you edited the photos and cropped them all the same - actually how are you doing that?

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  8. absolutely stunning pictures Elle! I love seeing SF (and the surroundings) through other people's eyes so your SF posts are a joy to read!

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  9. Why don't more cars come in pink??? Haha!

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  10. I would love to see you in a little pink smart car! Would be petite-ness adorable! lol I love your SF pictures, it's looks like out of a travel magazine! Seems like there's so much to do and eat in SF, I think SF is #1 spot for my dream honeymoon/extended-vacation now :)

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  11. Your pics are amazing, again! I especially love the one you captured of the Golden Gate Bridge! Your downtown pictures are making me feel more excited about my trip to Seattle this week...I get so nervous about the darn plane ride, I sometimes do not want to go! :( So thanks for easing my tension a bit!

    Hope you enjoyed your Christmas!!

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  12. Michelle - can't wait to read about your Seattle trip! :)

    Olyvia - awww, you must do a post when you go to SF in the future, I like it so much better than I thought I would. It's probably not a very kid friendly city which is why I had only mediocre memories of it from when I was a kid.

    Tara - right?! They must!

    Jen - thanks, I hope I did the city justice!

    Angie - I just used photoshop, nothing fancy. I am not very careful when I edit, just crop using the right ratio and then adjust the lighting until I feel it's ok. lol, I am so flattered that you, photo guru, liked my pictures. :)

    Cee - thanks :) I am so flattered

    Kimmie - thanks! I will definitely check them out!

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  13. Elle, Your pictures look wonderful. The weather looks warm too, I'm so jealous!

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