It's early here in California. I am away with family on a much needed and long overdue vacation ! Keith and I decided to come to one of our favorite places - San Francisco, mainly to show the kids there is a big world out there away from Charlotte. I could not be more content in the window seat of this gorgeous apartment we rented for the week. I have decided that this is the way to go.
Having never used Air BnB.com, I gave it a try when I was booking this trip back in July. Being as picky as I am, it did take an entire morning on line to find a place that looked "pretty" and had all the home-away-from-home things I was looking for. Kinda scored on this place. (check out my original post here with the Lady Di site photos)
A two bedroom, living room, dining room, kitchen, back porch apartment on Broderick Street near the Panhandle. Owner, Chris Eskra is a local designer who bought this place with his sister Diana (hence the name "The Lady Di") and I must say he thought of everything. Kate wants to live here. It's perfect and does have everything you would want. Comfortable living room, great detail and design, gas fireplace, high speed Internet, a million cable channels, fully stocked kitchen and large dining room. The two bedrooms have really good mattresses, high thread count sheets and duvets. The bathroom is stocked with all you will need along with heated, tile floor and claw foot tub & shower. Love it ! A block from an amazing gourmet grocery store - Falletti Foods and a Peet's coffee. What more could you want... nothing. And yes, it looks exactly like the pictures on line.. We are thrilled. Very cozy, full of style and close to everything. You feel like a local when staying at a place like this rather than a hotel, not to mention what you can save $ wise when you can cook a few meals for the kids. I, of course, would eat out every meal, kids - not so much. Sometimes they just want a frozen pizza and a bowl of cereal rather than Eggs Benedict.
It's really quite at the moment, thought I'd look at all the pictures I have taken so far. Everyone should see this city at least once. It has everything. I'm no photographer and frankly every time I go on a trip I want to bring Mekenzie with me, but I gave it my best shot. So for you family members that want to see what we did and those of you who have never been to SF maybe a few of these pictures will get your bags packing. I was so inspired every day.
Ran around on day one and two to show the girl's a few of our favorite hot spots. The Palace of the Fine Arts, The Golden Gate from Crissy Field, the Haight, the park at Alamo Square... Kate wanted to see that "Full House" was real.
I have always been in love with the architecture in San Francisco mixed with the unexpected ! The color combinations on these Victorians are what make this city so special.
Grateful Dead meet Chihuly in the Haight (not really, but love this hand painted ceiling !!)
Shopping vintage and wishing I had a bigger suitcase.
Great view of The Golden Gate from Crissy Field.
and Alcatraz . . . from back at the Wharf (word of advice though, book your trip to Alcatraz way in advance. I tried a week before we came and it was totally booked!)
A quick chocolate stop.
Lunch in China Town.