The last time I was in San Francisco for the marathon, I swore I'd never run the hilly race ever again, but last week I found myself trekking up and down the captivating city streets in my first visit in three years.
The view of the Golden Gate Bridge never gets old
With a friend visiting from the U.K. and after a restful few days by the pool in Palm Springs we hatched a plan to cash in my air miles for some flights from Burbank Airport to the City by the Bay, and what a great spur of the moment decision that was.
Fabulous bay view from the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Union Square
We couldn't resist visiting the sea lions at Pier 39
San Francisco Marathon takes to the Golden Gate Bridge past Ghirardelli Square, I had flashbacks to the race when we came to the first steep hill by the Aquatic Park Pier.
View of Coit Tower from Lombard Street
On the way back to our hotel we stopped off at ABV and Bar Agricole to sample their wares, and it's safe to say that ABV won hands down in terms of atmosphere, cocktails and friendly staff.
After freshening up it was time to try out more bars and eateries, and even though I had my reservations about the themed Tiki bar Smuggler's Cove on Gough Street (thinking it would be too touristy), I enjoyed the best Mai Tai ever.
Alcatraz tour in the past and its interesting, but I don't need to see the prison on The Rock again anytime soon. After the bay excursion we headed to Steiner Street to see the infamous Painted Ladies. I've visited many of these San Francisco landmarks before but I do love the architecture of this city.
Who can resist an alcoholic ice cream?
After this visit I'm sure it won't be another three years until I return, although I have a feeling that the San Francisco Marathon is well and truly ticked off my bucket list...