Friday, January 3, 2014

The City by the Bay

Visiting San Francisco with my parents is *in my view* the best way to visit San Francisco.  My Mom grew up here - surrounded by the Beatnik movement of the early 60s.  And my Dad spent most of the 70s at medical school with the University of California. 

With them in this city, you will never get lost and you get a history lesson at every street corner.

The BYU Bowl game was just an excuse... really. 

My Mom was a saint and stayed up until the midnight hours knitting away at the blue beanies for each of the four oldest grandsons.  It made keeping track of them in downtown San Francisco so much easier!

Truly, I didn't care that BYU lost (Greg cared).  On the contrary, it was absolutely delightful to be on vacation with my husband and my two oldest boys.  The highlight was watching my sons experience the city for the first time.  Their enthusiasm made everything seem new again.

The second best thing about the trip was being there with my two brothers and their wives.  We had 2 days - and my parents made sure to cram every hour to it's fullest.  Lots of walking and lots of activity.  We were lucky to have bright, sunny weather - no fog, no rain - perfect!

The city was packed. 

It could have been the Bowl Game or just the holiday weekend, but it took us almost an hour to get half-way up Lombard St - much to the delight and mirth of my siblings.  We spent many hours bent over laughing in our 12-person white van while my poor Dad nearly killed half a dozen people barreling down the tiny, narrow streets of San Francisco. 

Lots and lots of silent prayers.  Please don't let Dad hit anything...

**Notice the palm trees?  Yep - they're still there.  Rounded sidewalk and benches are unfortunately gone. 

Chinatown was one of our favorite spots - though we didn't get a lot of pictures.  We spent several hours roaming up and down the streets and then had dinner at a Zagat-rated noodle spot.  Zagat-rated because otherwise Greg wouldn't have stepped foot inside the door...

None of us wanted to get up the last morning...

And then there was Pretty Girl... who got over not being included in the trip when she saw the spoils we brought home for her.



Lea said...

Oh, those spoils look rather divine for that pretty girl! And what a fabulous get-away! I love the fact that everyone got in a 12 person van - FABULOUS memories, I'm sure!

Jen T said...

What a fun trip!!! So sad they lost, but still lots of fun for you!!!

Erin said...

It was a total blast! We had so much fun with you guys. Lizzie in her outfit and umbrella are killing me!! Too cute for words. Will you send me your Ghiradelli picture? None of mine turned out. :(