Travel Thursday: Spring Break in San Francisco

It’s Spring Break and pictures of Disneyland, Disneyworld, Cancun, and Vegas are spamming my social media timelines. As much as I would love to visit these fun, exciting places, I just really need this free week to catch up on my sleep and just lounge around the house. So that’s exactly what I did! I binge watched the first season of The Great British Baking Show on Netflix and consequently found myself baking again. Aside from returning to my homebody ways, I also had work on Monday and got to work with some cool patients. I also started my inpatient observation hours at the local hospital, perhaps I’ll recap my experiences in a later post…

Anyway, today my mom and I drove to the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station for a day trip to San Francisco. For those that aren’t familiar with BART, BART is one of the public transportation systems in the Bay Area. In my experience, it is much more efficient to take BART to San Francisco (or anywhere in the Bay Area) for day trips. What I love about BART stations in SF is that there are various attractions near each station. For example, at the Powell St. station, Union Square and the Westfield mall are a walk away. Today we got off at the Montgomery St. station and were able to walk to Yerba Buena Gardens, SF MoMA, and Chinatown.

Yerba Buena Gardens

These gardens are a public park on two blocks located south of Market St. It is also surrounded by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, SF MoMA, and many more. The park itself is extremely clean and so aesthetically pleasing to the eye. All around the park were various types of flowers and beautiful art sculptures. My favorite part of the park was seeing the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial located behind the waterfall. Seeing Dr. King’s I Have A Dream speech etched on the concrete walls was humbling to experience and definitely inspiring, especially in the political climate today. I hope to visit again in the summer when the summer concert series starts!

Chinatown

Every time I have gone to Chinatown, it was always to eat lunch. We did the same thing today but we really took our time exploring this part of SF since we walked down Grant St. from Market St. to see the Chinatown Gate. The walk itself was pretty interesting because I able to capture some awesome shots of the architecture are street art. On our way to the Gate, my mom and I stumbled upon a tree planting ceremony!

All the walking we did gave us a strong appetite for delicious food, so we found a random place to eat lunch. My mom and I ended up eating lunch at a restaurant called Hunan Home’s Restaurant. At first we were planning to get hot pot but after learning about the price add-ons for each ingredient (meat, vegetables, etc) we settled on the lunch special. My mom ordered the mixed vegetable lunch special and I ordered the kung pao chicken lunch special. Overall, the food was so delicious that we both clean off our plates!

Union Square

After eating lunch, my mom and I walked along Grant St. again but going back the direction we came, towards Market St. Instead, we made a right on Post St and walked straight into Union Square. Union Square is a public plaza that is surrounded by high end stores, hotels, and the theatre district. Since the Westfield Mall is a short walk away, we went there to eat ice cream after I took some pictures at the Square. We went to Haagen Daz to get ice cream- we ate it so fast that I didn’t bother taking pictures ^_^

That’s my SF day trip in a nutshell! I took way more pictures this time and will be sharing my favorite shots on my Instagram 🙂 One of the highlights of this day trip was receiving a free rose from a Uniqlo employee to celebrate the premiere of the Beauty and the Beast live action film this week. I definitely recommend all the places I visited today since I had a lot of fun exploring the city. I’d also recommend taking the BART instead of driving to the city and spending a fortune on parking. However, if going to Golden Gate Park, I would recommend driving only because the park itself is quite a way from the BART stations in the city. I really did enjoy my day exploring and can’t wait to see more of the city. Where are your favorite SF spots? How did you spend your Spring Break or where do you plan to go for your next trip? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

Peace, love, & blessings!

Samantha

 

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