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Happy New Year from San Francisco

I rang in the new year with Matt by going on a weekend getaway to Northern California. I've never done anything spectacular to celebrate New Years before (last year I think I was in bed by 10:30), so this time, it was definitely one to remember. 

It wasn't a straight shot to San Francisco. We made a couple pit stops in Solvang and San Luis Obispo, where we got to see Bubblegum Alley (I contributed to it hehe) and the Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.

The first night, I got to check off my places to eat list (yes I actually have a list) when we dined at Hog Island Oyster Co. This place was definitely a crowd favorite, judging by the wait time. It only took about 30 minutes to seat a party of two, but the waiting area was located outside, so my face was buried in Matt's coat pretty much the entire time. We shared the clam chowder (lacking heartiness but the flavor was definitely there), oyster po' boy, and oyster bar mix (so fresh and delicious – I'm drooling about it as I write). I enjoyed the food quite a lot and would go back if I had the chance.

After dinner, we had a few hours to kill before we needed to secure a good spot to watch the fireworks show, so we ended up wandering into a nearby bar with a cool atmosphere called Hard Water. It turned out to be a whiskey bar that had quite the extensive collection. I loved the Roffignac Coctail and the Derby Cocktail Tropical. We stayed for two hours or so and then made our way to see the fireworks. The Ferry Building area was a great spot to watch from. Seeing the fireworks show was a lovely way to end the night and bring in the new year!

The following morning involved visiting several points of interest, the first stop being The Palace of Fine Arts. It was an architectural wonder to behold. 


Next up was Baker Beach, which was an excellent spot to snap some pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge. We also visited Sutro Baths and Moraga Steps. Needless to say, the day was filled with opportunities to take pictures of beautiful places. 

On the last day of our trip, we decided to see the Monterey Bay Aquarium before making the taxing drive home. I hadn't been to an aquarium in years, so I felt like a kid all over again. My favorite exhibits were the jellyfish and penguins. There was also a fascinating multimillion dollar exhibit on the open sea where you can watch schools of fish, giant tuna, and sharks. We caught the feeding time presentation and it was incredible to watch.



Making our way back down along the coast, we got to see some great sights like the Bixby Bridge and Pfeiffer State Beach. I can't believe we did so much in just three days. It was such a fun vacation and I can't wait to do something like this again. Where will our next destination be? Hawaii? Italy? Hehe I'll keep dreaming.

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