So the conference kicked off Wednesday evening and went all day Thursday but the rest of the time I was out exploring the city and beautiful Napa Valley. Here’s a photographic story of my adventure in the City by the Bay.
I spent the first day wandering around. There’s lots of interesting neighbourhoods and architecture. Here is the Flatiron building with the slick Transamerica Pyramid Tower to the left.
After a great time at the conference, my friend and our wonderful hostess took us to Napa Valley for the day and it couldn’t have been more perfect. Unique wineries (Joseph Phelps, Cade), cruising with the top down, a ridiculously amazing dinner and a sunset drive. It also spawned the personalities of California Melissa & Cherie. I’m ok with multiple personalities in this case.
After that dreamy day in Napa it was back to exploring the city. Something I loved being the type nerd I am is all the retro signs. This is a tiny sample some that got my attention.
There were also pretty succulents everywhere, it was almost like they grew wild in some areas. I especially loved this street garden. It’s the perfect place to take a seat after walking up and down those hills all day.
One of the most interesting things I saw that was completely unplanned were the houseboats in Sausalito. I reunited with an old friend when I was in San Fran and after breakfast she said she could show me this unique area that she actually spent years living in as a child. The Sausalito houseboat community consists of more than 400 houseboats of various shapes, sizes, and values, along the north end of town, approximately two miles from downtown.
She brought me to the neighbourhood of houses that were owned mostly by artists and more of a housing co-op, protected from regular real estate and tax laws. Basically is was a huge hippie artist community back in the day and still is largely to this day. It was so interesting to see how they live on the water surrounded by so much art and creativity, living the Boho lifestyle. It’s nice to see that some of these areas still exist (although they are constantly fighting for it).
It was also my first time staying in yurt. And don’t get me wrong, I loved the yurt! It was super spacious, clean and I can’t complain about having a real bed, a deck & a BBQ. But I became quite enamoured by our neighbours across the street and their caravan. I think it was a little nostalgic because I have memories of camping with our small expandable trailer as a child.
It made me fascinated with the idea of owning a vintage style (of course) caravan and all the interesting places you could take it for different adventures or peaceful getaways.
In honour of all the spring blooms.
One of the sweetest escapes in the world is, well, exploring the world.
Aside from photos and memories of course, my favourite souvenirs from my trips are artistic ones. Having a creative memento in my home from a trip is such a great way to take me back to that place.
My latest adventure was a trip to Vietnam in January. Boy did it ever live up to it’s reputation as a beautiful country. You can see a tiny visual snapshot in this post over here.
I saw many beautiful pieces when I was there but the truth is that the Asian aesthetic just doesn’t fit with my decor. Then one day I visited a studio where all the pieces were handmade by locals with disabilities and I was really drawn to the embroidery pieces. I found something that was SO me. Needless to say, I fell in love with a piece and it became my souvenir of Vietnam.
I just finally got it properly framed & hung it up. It’s a beauty!