Winter hit us much earlier and harder than we expected this year. We weren't quite ready to settle in for the season, so we planned a weekend escape to San Francisco in hopes of catching some warmer rays.
A few weeks before our trip, I got in touch with Annie, who is based out of San Francisco and runs the amazing travel and lifestyle blog MontgomeryFest. She kindly gave us a wealth of information, including tips on what to do, how best to get around the city, and perhaps more importantly, what type of coat to bring. I'll be the first to admit I would've looked pretty silly in my usual winter attire with the blue skies and double degree temperatures we experienced while we were there.
With both Gunther and I being fairly used to a snowy, or at least cold and rainy, lead up to Christmas, we never thought somewhere with palm trees could feel so festive. But oh, man did it ever. San Francisco does a lot of things right and one of those things is Christmas.
There were huge Christmas trees in all the main squares, big red ribbons on lampposts and lights strung across pedestrian walkways and wrapped around palm trees. Even the vintage street cars and cable cars were decked out with wreaths, garlands and tinsel. But perhaps my favourite seasonal touch was the digital rendition of the Nutcracker ballet projected every evening under Westfield Centre's iconic dome.
We were only there for a few short days, but it definitely set the tone for the holiday season and raised the bar for city vacations.
While Christmas has come and gone much too quickly once again, I'm finally getting a chance to sort through some photos in between time spent playing in the snow. So, make sure you check back for more photos on here soon.
Merry belated Christmas and happy New Year!
What did you get up to during your winter holidays? What's the weather like where you are?