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San Fransisco – Trip Diary Part 1


Good Morning Friends! Well, I’m back from our travels! I needed 4 days to recuperate, as we were very active for this trip from start to finish. Today, throughout this week, I am going to be posting and sharing pictures of our trip to San Fransisco, Sonoma and Napa, otherwise known as Wine Country. I will be breaking down the trip into 3 parts, Monday, Tuesday and Friday. There were so many photos to go through, process, as well as thinking about all of the things we did. I had never been to California, so this was an awaited trip. We had such an amazing time!

Port Costa

( View from our living room)

You may have read the post, Phrases I Would Find Useful on My Trip to Italy, and why that trip was cancelled, yet replaced by this wonderful excursion to the Sunny State.  First, I should say, we stayed in a town called Port Costa. Very small, Port Costa was founded in 1879 as a landing for the railroad ferry Solano, owned and operated by the Central Pacific Railroad.[7] This put Port Costa on the main route of the transcontinental railroad.[7 . ( WIki Source).  it was funny, as not many people knew where it was. We found out house through VRBO, and the view from the living room and outdoor space is what drew us to it. Sold!

My hubby and I love to use VRBO or rent houses for the mere space and often because you find more of a deal than a hotel. We were about 45 minutes to Sonoma and Napa Vineyards, and then less time to drive to then take the Ferry into San Fransisco.

Our host, Veronica, was wonderful, this was her family home, and she gave us the tour of the house, sharing the vintage radios and artifacts from her family. Photographs on the wall, showed a stylish mother, and father in the Service.  She, herself, was a singer, a musician that played with Livingston Taylor and also with an all girl group, the first of its kind in the day.

We could enjoy the sunrise or sunset from the porch, the view was amazing. A wooden bench with hung square boxed lights provided some atmosphere in the evening, if we sat out to enjoy a bottle of Cabernet.

I love having the spaciousness of a house, when we go away, and this area was quite private and quiet as well.

Enjoy the view at night with a bottle of vino.

San Fransisco- Alcatraz and More

We took the ferry in for a ride into San Fran. The first day we spent at Sonoma Vineyards, and I will be sharing those pictures and experiences in another part of my trip post.

From San Fran, we took another ferry into see the infamous Alcatraz.  My hubby had been there, but the closest I got to seeing “The Rock,” was the movie with Clint Eastwood, “Escape from Alcatraz”, which was more fictionalized. The prison had been shut down since 1963 but has housed some very famous criminals, namely, Al Capone, George “Machine Gun” Kelly and “Birdman,” Robert Stroud. “The small island was developed with facilities for a lighthouse, a military fortification, a military prison, and a federal prison from 1934 until 1963.” I enjoyed the audio tour as it walked us through the prison, and individual cells, to learn more about life on the Rock. I had no idea families actually lived on the island as well, and the kids would take a ferry into school on SF. Now, that an interesting childhood!

I truly enjoyed learning more and more about this famous prison, many of the prisoners being transferred from Levinworth. There was a famous escape, where 3 men had planned to break out and make their way to SF.. but the mere thought of the water, during the time of year makes me think it was impossible. Hypothermia, would have been their downfall for sure. ( that’s what I think!)

The only time prisoners could see the light of day, was the time in “the yard”. A large area outside, where I learned that prisoners would obsess over the game of bridge ( a solitary game) and would also walk. I could only imagine that this view of San Fran and the beautiful Bay, would give some solace to the prisoners, and not afforded to many, as time outside was earned.

I was able to stand in a cell, seeing just how tiny the space was. If one was penalized for bad behavior, they were put in “The Hole” The Hole, was a smaller dark cell, with nothing but the prisoner inside.

In regard to my condition, Ehlers- Danlos, traveling is difficult. I’m not going to say it isn’t. I have hypermobility, and the energy it takes to “hold up myself” and stand, along with walking slowly, is the hardest thing for me. I can walk fast, sit, ( with breaks) but standing is tough. The concrete floors make it more difficult, and by the end of the tour, my legs, feet and back, were screaming. The pain is quite intense, and exhausting, so even with taking some breaks on benches, it was something I had to push myself to do. I would have to take it easy tomorrow due to the muscle pain from standing and walking slowly.

Afterward, to relax, we went to a seafood restaurant in Fisherman’s Wharf, and wanted more soup. Chowder is was! We enjoyed a crab sandwich, and soup and just sat and talked. It was nice to rest my legs and just sit for a while.

Jambu Rimini

I do have to say, I wore my Jambu Rimini booties the whole trip, with the exception of Alcatraz. I wore them all throughout the city and the Vineyards and they were so great! I always feel like I can wear Jambu shoes and boots around while traveling or just when I have to walk alot, and they are very comfortable. I had no trouble all day wearing the Rimini, just as I did in NYC with the Naomis I wore.

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The Presidio

The second day we were in SF, we went to The Presidio, which was a military base and barracks and now, a National Park.

We walked around the area and just were in awe of the beauty. We ran into many pups while we were there, and I of course, had to stop for my “daily pet”. We didn’t bring Gibby and Truffy, so I tried to get my fix when I could.

We then drove to the Golden Gate Bridge, and hubby took a ton of pictures down below the bridge, where he has always wanted to get some shots. We have a 20 ft great room, so I have lots of wall space. My Fall-Winter project is to process, print and hang trip photos- some of these included.

Scomas Restaurant- since 1965

We ate at several different restaurants over the 2 days we were in SF. I never grew tired of the clam chowder. Oh my goodness! So good! I am the type that could eat seafood every day! We ate dinner another day in SF at Scomas, an award-winning, family owned restaurant, with furnishing and stools straight out of the 1970s, that added to its charm.

You have heard the phrase “Farm to Table”? This is “Pier to Plate”, and is an establishment that is legendary. From the beginning, the Scoma Family forged relationships with the fishermen who defined the wharf. They tirelessly renovated Pier 47 to fit the needs of a local fishermen who wanted to sell their daily catch directly to the family, rather than to large wholesalers. ( website) 

My husband ordered the Cioppino, or seafood stew, in a rich tomato base. I ordered scallops and shrimp, with vegetables, and wow, buttery smooth, and delicious. We defied the wine “rules” and each had a glass of Pinot Nior, as it was light and smooth, delicious with the seafood.  Their clam chowder was the best! The fish is brought in from the Fisherman right off the pier! Can’t get fresher than that!  It was so good!

Stop by tomorrow and Friday for the continuation of my vacation stories and trip to Wine Country. 

Have a great day!  Stop by for Turning Heads Tuesday!

Jess xx

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  • Jessica
    Posted at 22:47h, 09 November Reply

    You have the coolest photos dear! These are really great shots!
    Jessica |

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 06:22h, 08 November Reply

    Oh wow Jess, I just love the VRBO – what a great setting. I love the view! I really enjoyed Alcatraz much more than I expected. It was so interesting. I an imagine how sore you must have been with all that standing and all the concrete floors, ugh, bless your heart. Isn’t the Golden Gate Bridge just beautiful? I can’t imagine living there and seeing all that beauty every day, wow! Looks like y’all had some great food too which is always a high point for me!
    So happy to see these pictures!!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:18h, 08 November Reply

      Thank you Kellyann! I did enjoy Alcatraz, but anytime I am going to have to go to a museum or slow moving, I am going to have to get a scooter or wheelchair, it is too hard. I loved the scenery, the best of both worlds with SF and WIne country. Yes, the seafood was delicious! xx

  • Elle
    Posted at 15:45h, 06 November Reply

    I love the candid photo of you and Hubby at the restaurant. I’m so glad that you were able to enjoy this trip to Napa Valley. Your sunset view from your room is just spectacular, as was the other beautiful view that you showed us here. Please take care and give yourself some time to wind down after such a long trip !

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:15h, 08 November Reply

      Thank you Elle! The restaurant was soooo good! The service and everything was great, it is such a landmark. Iwas so excited to be able to go on the trip, as it makes me think how far I have come in 10 years. I appreciate your concern, good friend! xx

  • Emma Peach
    Posted at 13:46h, 06 November Reply

    Great photos, and what a view from the living room! It reminds me of a house I visited in New Zealand. My parents went to San Francisco in the mid 80s (sadly they didn’t take me!) and went to Alcatraz. I’d love to go one day.

    Emma xxx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:14h, 08 November Reply

      I bet you would love it. The view was what sold us from the house and also that it was a great local to both areas.

  • passion fruit, paws and peonies
    Posted at 16:06h, 05 November Reply

    How wonderful! I know some of the places you visited – it took me back to a very special holiday there a few years ago. So glad you had such a fab time xx Maria

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 16:22h, 05 November Reply

      Thank you Maria! We had a fabulous time, and I can’t wait to share our Wine Country pics as well. I enjoyed Scomas, such charm in a restaurant that has been there for years, run by the family. I never got tired of the seafood and clam chowder! mmm.

  • Lisa
    Posted at 12:39h, 05 November Reply

    Beautiful pictures. Sounds like such a nice relaxing trip.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:53h, 05 November Reply

      Hi Lisa, thanks so much. Yes, we had a wonderful time. This was my first time to SF and loved Wine Country! Hubby took alot of photos, I have to print some to put on the wall. 🙂 The seafood was so good too! xx

  • Jodie
    Posted at 09:36h, 05 November Reply

    What a wonderful time, Jess!!
    The one time we were there we visited Alcatraz and thought it was so interesting. Not a place I’d want to live…ha ha!!
    And the views you’ve shown?? Just gorgeous!!
    Rest up and can’t wait to hear more…

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:16h, 05 November Reply

      It was Jodie. We did so much, it has taken me 4 days to recouperate. Alcatraz was so interesting, the audio tour was great. You got to see individual cells and hear about inmates from the actual COs.

  • Northwest Mountain Living & Style
    Posted at 09:26h, 05 November Reply

    Wow what a beautiful post! Love all the pictures and fun information!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:15h, 05 November Reply

      Thanks Cheryl! We had a great time. Hubby took tons of pictures. I will be sharing more this week.

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