California – Day 2

 

After a good night sleep, we left the hotel hopping to, finally, see the Golden Gate Bridge. Since we were only a few minutes away from Lombard St – known as the crookedest street in the world – we headed there first to check it out. This place is so touristy, around 2 million visitors/year (!), and we confirmed how busy it is even before reaching out there. Although it’s known as the crookedest street in the world, this street is actually the 2nd one on the list, where the first one is also a street in San Francisco.

We decided to experience the steep hills, not by car, but by foot. Yeah. It sounded like the easiest way to warm up! Did I tell you how cold San Francisco was? And that the streets are more like.. hills? 

From there, we rushed to the bridge before any fog would destroy the chance to see it as this was our last day in San Francisco. As soon as we were close, we started glancing it – success! We then googled a place to stop and take some photos but Google Maps decided to take us on a ride, crossing the bridge. Alright, that works too. Eventually we managed to stop nearby a park where the views were amazing and we went for a walk.

Golden Gate Bridge not so Fun Fact:

“The Golden Gate Bridge is the second-most used suicide site/suicide bridge in the world, after the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge.” – here

After a walk and the cold nothing better than a bowl of Ramen, am I right? Based, once again, on reviews – thank you Yelp – we went to this place in Japantown, Hinodeya. And what’s a good sign a place is good? The queue outside. Yup. We waited around 30min, so not too bad. Feeling comfy and warmer, time to look for dessert. I know this sounds contradictory but, you know those ice creams on fishy-cones, so pretty? Yeah, we had to try them! The tayiaki cone is the best cone ever and the flavors, lavender and atcha green tea, were so refreshing and not super sweet.

Golden Gate Bridge

Now, with a happy stomach, let the road trip begin!

First destination was Monterey, so we drove all the way down the coast, on the Pacific Highway. I’ll leave you guys with some photos:

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Yes, we did go up there! It was good exercise and a good way to warm up. And the views.. definitely worth it!

We were surprised by this little village, Pescadero, and had to stop to check its stores. Around 650 people lives there and it has that rural feelling. Looks like it was taken from a movie.
Pigeon Point Lighthouse was built in 1871 to help ships on the Pacific coast of California. It’s still an active Coast Guard on navigation and it’s the tallest lighthouse on the West coast of the USA.

I want to make a post about this place on the last photo – Mystery Spot – as it deserves a more detailed post and I’m sure you guys are gonna love it!

Finally arrived in Monterey, one of the places I wanted to visit the most, we did the check in at the Airbnb place and started looking for restaurants as it was already late. After a quick search, we decided to go to the Whaling Station. The expectations weren’t high (as we didn’t spend too long checking it out) which made it even more enjoyable. Seated straight away and served by the most efficient and knowledgeable server ever, we enjoyed every single item we ordered. From my shrimp pasta, which had this most delicious sauce to the hubby’s beef wellington, we had such an amazing evening! I was craving for some sea flavors and was scared the dish would be cooked in a liter of tomato sauce but no, delicious! The server deserved the 5 star review on Yelp.

Afer this, we couldn’t ask for more so we just headed ‘home’. We still had many miles to do!

These, and more, adventures are also on Instagram!

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