On the fourth day of our California coastal adventure we reached San Francisco, the infamous City by the Bay.
It was my third visit, so I was interested to see how much it had changed in the last five or so years and also how it would feel now that we're living in L.A.
San Francisco skyline view from the Bay
San Francisco is a diverse city, from it's hilly geography to it's proximity to the Bay, its signature trams and architecturally interesting city skyscrapers, the multicultural population and rich gay history, to its famous landmarks and scenic views.
Golden Gate Bridge view from the Marin Headlands
After being in sprawling L.A. for the past eighteen months it was strange being back somewhere that felt like a real city.
Transamerica Pyramid skyscraper view
We stayed in the Financial District and with its tall skyscrapers and fantastic architecture it reminded me a bit of New York, but then it's so unique in its own way as well.
Transamerica Pyramid skyscraper
We stayed at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at the Embarcadero Center (which offered a fantastically affordable room rate for us all), which was a great location near the Bay, but also within walking distance of the shops at Union Square and the rest of the city.
Hyatt Regency Hotel lobby
The lobby of the hotel was also quite impressive and we did have a bit of excitement with a false alarm fire evacuation which brought San Francisco's finest firefighters to our doorstep.
The wonderful thing about San Francisco is that it has such great transport links, from trams to taxis and buses, and best of all you can still get around everywhere on foot if you really want to.
We stayed two nights in San Francisco so we made sure we refreshed ourselves of all the sights on offer. First on our list was the Golden Gate Bridge, so we headed to the Marin Headlands for a better view from across the Bay.
The Golden Gate Bridge
Scenic Marin Headlands
The intriguing architecture
The picturesque 'painted ladies' of Alamo Square
World famous gay neighbourhood The Castro
The Ferry Building Clock Tower
In addition to refamiliarising ourselves with all the local landmarks we also checked out a few local eateries, including the Anchor Oyster Bar in The Castro (cosy dining with delicious daily specials)...
and Zuni Cafe on Market Street (a tad more refined with a daily changing menu and not a bad Cosmo).
Our friends always joke that when we're in town the weather is always great. We just think they lie to us about the infamous fog!
Victoria Monument in Union Square
I hope you've enjoyed these images of San Francisco. Don't forget to check out our other vacation photographs of Cambria, Hearst Castle and Wine tasting in Carmel Valley.
Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill
Come back tomorrow for a visit to Alactraz...