I miss the time we spent in SFO. Our land tour included a 2 day trip to SFO. We were brought to a few tourist spots in SFO. The places include Monterey Bay, Lovers Point, Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Yosemite National Park, Lombard Street, Palace of Fine Art and Chinatown. To be honest, we didn’t quite enjoy the 2 day trip because it felt like a road trip and the urge to breathe and experience the city was impossible. As a city person, I didn’t like want to miss out the shopping experience SFO gives.
Fisherman’s Wharf & Pier 39 on Christmas Day
Thankfully, we had planned our own extension to go back to SFO after the land tour ended. SFO was our last stop before we departed to Korea. It was basically meant for me to shop. We arrived SFO on 25th Dec, Christmas Day. In US, all shops are closed during Xmas. So we went to the Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 to enjoy the sea breeze. As we strolled along Pier 39, we heard some weird funny sound coming from afar near a group of wide-eyed tourists. Being curious we went to find out. The main attraction was actually at the end of the pier – sea lions – roaring, clapping, splashing, snoozing. We felt happy to be in San Francisco on Xmas day. Pier 39 is a wonderful place to simply wander by foot and soak up the atmosphere. For dinner, we went to McCormick & Schmicks, a place highly recommended by my boss.
We booked the hotel right in the central area where we were surrounded by boutiques. We were given free upgrade to the suite with a nice view of the city. Yay. See the picture below.
I read in some travel blogs that tram ride is a must in SFO. So we took. I didn’t feel the tram was very special except it is non air con, different from our trams in Sentosa. But I love the old school tram ticket that I took a picture of it while in the shaky ride.
I couldn’t wait for the next day to arrive. It was boxing day, that means prices at various boutiques were slashed! We woke up early in the morning to get ready for our shopping fight. Why fight? During Boxing day, stores are crowded, people conveniently forget their holiday spirit at home, and there’s only so many of each item. It was the first time for me. And entering into this event – entirely to shopping can be a dream come true. Thanks to my research, having booked a hotel just right at the Union Square, we could go back to our hotel to put our stuff and continued shopping. For Dan, he went back twice. Yes, just to put the shopping bags in the room so he did not have to carry more of it.
Sure, it was hectic but which woman would feel it? I only realised it at 11pm when all the shops were closed and we had our 2nd meal – dinner. We had a quick 15min lunch because we wanted to grab every minute to buy EVERYTHING we could before we left US. “We got to maximise our time to shop,” I told Dan. We bought many stuff, from apparels to household items.
As we were walking along the streets, I saw alot of shoppers holding a paper bag – GUMP’S. I went to search for the shop. Not knowing what Gumps is about, I went into the shop simply because I saw a huge crowd inside.
“Let’s go in. I want to buy something from this shop. There must be lots of good deals.” I told Dan.
“What is Gumps? Why are you buying so many things?” Asked a young lady who was carrying a basket full of household stuff.
Overheard my question, an old lady holding a pen & a note book jotting down the items turned to me saying, “Oh Gumps is very famous in San Francisco. Everything in Gumps is good.”
Gumps is a two-storey store with beautiful merchandise, furniture. You can find special holiday gifts and unique ornaments. Being the kiasu type, I went to search every corner to make sure I could buy something back hopefully.
What I bought? A cushion cover and a toy. Some cookies too. Forgot to take a pic of the cushion cover but it will be displayed in my future home. =p
As we were too busy shopping that we didn’t take many pictures of the buildings though the architecture is nice. I still have lots of pictures to upload about SFO but too lazy to do it now.
Leaving my heart in San Francisco. I felt there could be more to explore if we had more time. But still, we had a good time. 🙂