California Snapshots (San Francisco)

Southwest Airlines has really been coming through for your girl lately. I scored one way tickets from Des Moines to San Francisco and back for less than $180!

Let’s not forget that I don’t have class on Monday’s or Friday’s, so I just had to say yes.

Join in on the fun by signing up to receive emails from Southwest. They frequently have deals for one-way tickets as low at $59 to and from major cities.

How can you say no to that!?

I left on a Friday so the travel day felt long because of the layover and time change, but it was so worth it because I loooved San Francisco.

(Driving into the city from the airport.)

It’s such a vibrant and cool city with so much to do and see. Everywhere I looked I was slapped in the face with a gorgeous view.

Being a photographer, I was living for all the colorful and unique houses, sick street art, and inspiring vibe.

My weekend was filled with a lot of adventure which means lots of pictures were taken.

On Friday I was able to visit the infamous Painted Ladies, walk around Haight street, and spend some time catching up at Cha Cha Cha with my friends Christine and Alex.

The following day a large group of us spend the day at two vineyards in Napa for Tania’s birthday, who is a colleague of Christine.

We had so much fun tasting and learning about different wines and the stunning views surrounding us didn’t hurt either.

The first winery we visited was Bouchaine which was small and family-owned. Our guide was a lot fun and informative that I feel like I’m ready to sign up for the Sommelier test.

The weather ended up being just right so we were able to enjoy a lunch of overpriced Whole Foods sandwiches in the warm sun and cool breeze surrounded by the hills.

Artesa Winery was our final stop and collectively I think we threw down about 130 glasses. This winery was much larger than the previous but it was still just as amazing.

It’s impossible to get a bad view in Napa, I swear!

My final full day was spent exploring the city with Christine and according to her watch we walked over 12 miles. I know, my calves are currently paying me back for it.

I experienced my first dim sum which was yummy, stopped by a farmers market, saw the Golden Gate bridge, trekked up and down Lombard street, walked through China Town, enjoyed ice cream at Delores Park and ended the night exploring The Mission and eating bomb vegan sushi at Cha-Ya.

I can still taste the vegetable tempura mmmm..

San Francisco literally has a piece of my heart and I shall spread my wings there again.

For now, I’ll relive the memories through the photos. *sigh*

Check out the travel section of my portfolio page to see more photos from my trip.

Thanks for reading and stay hungry to learn, create and grow!

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