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Heading to the Tenderloin

After two nights at Casa Loma, we had to pack up and prepare to move on to another hotel for our third night. Rather than stay in the same location for the entire trip, we thought it would be more interesting to spend some time in different neighborhoods during our stay to get a more thorough feel for the city. Before leaving Casa Loma, we utilized their shared showers… The last time I used shared showers was when I was in Kyoto’s 9hour Capsule hotel, so this was a bit different to be certain. 😛

I don’t know what they really hope to accomplish with those robes…they were tiny! x_x I’m 5’10” so I may be on the tall side, but that’s an average height for a guy and there’s no way those cute little micro-robes would cover their dongle. They’re just asking for a recreation of that scene from The Office…
Anyway, once we were all cleaned and packed, we headed out!

There was this small inner corridor visible from the hallways. I like the contrast of the black rocks against the pale color of the building.

After leaving Casa Loma, we headed back towards Mission Street. En route we encountered this interesting little feat of architecture in a small park. We had passed this previously on our way to the hotel but hadn’t been close enough for photos, so I took this opportunity. 

Very pretty structure with ornate carvings. It seems to be made of plywood or something?

Really did present itself as a blank canvas, I suppose. 

Kaleidoscopic viewer lens.

Walking down Mission we passed a lot of amazing murals.

A city with a green thumb.

I like the style of this mural, like a moment in time forever captured.

I thought this little cafe was cute but we never made it for a meal.

I love seeing food fusions. It’s fascinating to me how foods are adapted and adopted between cultures. 

Reminds me of little shops in Hong Kong!

A topless trolley?!

Then there’s this thing…

Not an encouraging poem about the neighborhood, should you take the time to read it in it’s entirety…

But the art is pretty cool, I must say!

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San Francisco Haight Street

Haight Street is a haven of art and culture overflowing with colors and eclectic creations. Famous landmarks include the Grateful Dead house on 710 Ashbury, which we made a pilgrimage to on July 10th (7/10) at 7:10pm, but I digress, this post is about the rest of Haight street!
The area is known for being a bit “hippie-dippie”, which is perfectly fine by us. 
Personally, I LOVED all the murals and street art adorning the buildings in the area.
I think every city really should have an area where they let the creativity flow freely…
Places for artists of all varieties to commune.
That was more or less the vibe I got on Haight street, so check out the photos below !

Stone bowl+ was a restaurant that we passed several times and it caught my interest… I would certainly hope that their menu revolves around bibimbap and other hot stone pot dishes! Mmm.

A lot of the shops along Haight street play off the pronunciation of “Haight”, as it sounds like “hate” rather than “height”. Love n’ haight pictured above, for example!

Haight to wash, a laundry. Fun!

Random kitty! 

This guy!

The Himalaya Playa. 

O’Looney’s market. I dig the hand painted sign along with all the art on the building itself!

Oh, mushrooms! How unexpected to find shroomy imagery in an area full of hippies. 😉

Succulentpants. There seems to be a theme of succulents in unusual containers here…

And this was just someone’s small sidewalk garden! You go, urban gardeners. I support this whole-heartedly. 

If you’re going to tag something, do it right. 😉 These guys know what they’re doing.

Pow! Pretty truck. 

Random minions!

We only rode the bus for a couple of blocks…we actually ended up walking quite extensively that day. 
For the record, if you’re planning on crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, plan for the return trip as well. We didn’t realize Sausalito was so far from the bridge itself! Once we’d crossed the bridge we asked some cops for advice on the best way to make our return trip and they told us we were better off walking back rather than trying to catch the ferry from Sausalito. As our legs grew heavier we kinda wished we had utilized our bus passes more but we would have missed out on a lot of the fun we had exploring by foot. The route we walked was almost completely devoid of people but offered stunning views, so I’m glad we endured.
But I digress, back to Haight street!

Deadhead Country… because the people are Grateful. 

Cool Genie jutting out from the side of the building!

The Pork Store, under a perfectly pinky ham colored building.

 I just liked the whale cruising by on a bus.

Puff Puff Pass. Fun name for a smoke shop! Cool space art on the sign, too.

Pretty green and red awning with the goldish-toned gatework.

We watched this cop make a U-turn in the middle of the street. XD

Adios, officer! She took off after that. Off to do important cop things, surely!

Gypsy men fashion, where even the mannequins are too cool for you. There’s a reflection of Antho in the window. 😛

Ben & Jerry’s 🙂

Ridiculously cool street art along the side of the building. 

For your little hippie.

Tie-dye was well represented, naturally.

I don’t even know which one I like best, they’re ALL adorable! 

One of those little DIY models, except that one’s not so little.

A hidden Janis tucked in there. 

Rainbow steampunk?

Fun flask. 

Distractions!

Pretty purple and green decorated building next to the “liquid experience”. 

Do you feel the Burger Urge?

The Love of Ganesha looks like an interesting place. I always appreciate when there are flowers or greenery of any variety added to the urban cityscape. It’s important for “civilized humans” to remember that we’re still biological beings depending upon the planet and it’s ecosystems. Being surrounded by concrete, glass and asphalt can desensitize people to that reality but foliage can help us reconnect. Besides, it’s been shown that exposure to natural scenes and plants can help reduce stress, and who wouldn’t want to enjoy a more stress-free city?!

Elephant, monkey, bunny, bird on a door? Sure!

The lady who owned or worked for this shop liked us, told us that she could feel that we were good people. She ate her breakfast (avocado toast) while Antho and I perused. Always nice to be told you give off good vibes. I mean, people actually like us? Whoa. Weird. 😛

SOCKS! 
Nothing BUT socks!
If only I were rich. I would have cleaned these guys out. 
I love socks.
Just, you know, for the record.

It’s a DINOSAWR!!

Rawr! Socks with faces!

Pretty pretty door.

Break free from the herd!

I love the detail in the octopus drawing!

Triceratops riding tricycles. 
And yes, CORGI socks!!!

Another psychedelic sign.

Listen to this wall.
It has important wall secrets to share with you.

I wish my work’s parking lot were half this cool. Grumble.

A LOT of detail in there.

Amoeba music! Huge store. 

Adorable little thing. 

So, what do you think?
Seem like an area you’d want to visit?
We had a lot of fun wandering along Haight!
Some guy even shouted across the street that he loved our hair. D’aww. 
We felt quite comfortable and welcomed there.
From here, we walked to the Golden Gate Park where we explored the Conservatory of Flowers!
Check back for details! 

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San Francisco Casa Loma

Our first two nights we stayed in hotel Casa Loma! We were booked into a room with two twin beds, which was fun. Through the window behind Antho was a beautiful church which held within a surprising secret…

On Wednesday and thursday nights the church is transformed by the Church of 8 Wheels, a roller disco that just so happens to be inside of this lovely church! Quite unexpected. I assure you, my photos do not by any means convey just how wonderful this place truly is. There were laser beams and people in tutus, spandex and neon. There were families, couples, and solo riders of all ages and skill levels. They were very inviting and friendly, so if you ever happen to find yourself in the area I highly recommend it! If you don’t own a pair of roller-skates already, they’ve got you covered with cheap skate rentals on site.

Anyway, back to daytime shenanigans…

Drunken octopi wanna brawl!

Our cozy little beds. As a taller lass I found the beds to be almost too short, so if you’re longer than 5’10” you may find your toes dangling. The sheets were tucked in their pretty firmly, too. Once we returned in the evening and nestled in, it was surprising the amount of effort needed to move your feet within the confines of the bedding. When it comes to making the beds, these guys don’t mess around!

The two side windows opened, which was lovely as we enjoyed having the cool breeze filter through the room during the evenings. One of the windows faced the fire escape, which I found charming…though not so sure I could successfully squeeze my hips through that opening. ^_^; 

The glass window in the church across from our room’s window. When the Church of 8 Wheels rolls in the window becomes backlit with a stunning array of colors, which added a lovely ambiance to our evening. 

The neighborhood around Casa Loma is fun. As Fillbert connects with Haight a lot of the hippie-dippie-artsy vibe tends to bleed out into the area as well. We were pleasantly surprised by the art decorating the area!

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Leaving Las Vegas July 8th, 2015

To celebrate our one year anniversary Antho & I ditched the scorching summer heat of Vegas for the cooler breezes of San Francisco for 6 days. It was an all around wonderful trip! As you may have noticed we really like to travel fairly often having gone to Los Angeles in April and hitting spots like the Whiskey, Venice Beach, Santa Monica, and Union Station as well as having gone to L.A. last fall. It’s always nice to explore someplace new and when the tickets are going for as low as $44 it’s pretty budget friendly. Hopefully we’ll be celebrating our anniversary with new locations for many years to come!

Shortly after departing McCarran airport you’ll be privy to views like this in the window seats. Since we flew with Southwest, I was able to choose my own seat due to their open seating policy. If you’ve never flown with them before or experienced this, it works by assigning customers into boarding groups (A1-60, B1-60, C1-60) based upon their time of check in then letting them board in that order and choose their own seats. Trying to catch some sleep and don’t feel like gambling your shut eye on the whims of a teething baby? Grab another open spot! The earlier you check in the better your selection.

We had a brief layover in San Diego, which provided beautiful views of the city and ocean as we flew in. I’ve passed through the city a few times but rarely ventured beyond the freeways or airport. Someday we’ll make the trek! 🙂

Leaving San Diego en route to San Francisco. A very brief journey.

It’s always lovely to see the clouds from above.

First views coming into San Francisco!

Welcome to the BART, the Bay Area Rapid Transit. A high speed affordable transit system running throughout the city as well as other nearby locales. The BART runs directly to and from SFO so it makes for an extremely convenient option for traveling into the city with many stops throughout various neighborhoods. You can ride from SFO to West Oakland for roughly $9, a solid 40 minute commute one way from the airport. According to their website: 
 BART’s Excursion Fare allows anyone to tour the BART system (all 44 stations) for up to three hours on a $5.55 fare, as long as you enter and exit at the same station. 
That may not sound like much to get excited about, but if you get lost it could be helpful.

Once off the train our senses were confronted with the busy streets of the inner city, vibrant with murals and pretty painted buildings and colorful individuals galore.