Wishing I Was In: San Francisco

DJ Tanner from Full House. That’s who I always wanted to be when I grew up. The luscious locks, the toothpaste commercial grin,┬áthose irreverent uncles – that gal really had it all.

I never realised quite how good she had it until I spent some time in San Fran earlier this year. Actually, come to think of it, don’t call it San Fran – the locals hate that. They really only allow SF these days. Or Ess Eff, if you’re a Bay Area hipster. But I completely fell it love with it. The architecture, the bridges, the food, the men – even the ridiculous hills. It’s the most unique city in America, for my pair of pennies. A picture I took on Alcatraz is still my iPhone background today. It’s just that glorious.

And while I’ve slowly had to come to terms with the fact DJ’s a fictional character (something I discovered just after I found out about Santa, FYI… ’89 was a really rough year), the idea of her still remains. And the city itself is far more sophisticated than I expected. It’s one of the only places in the world I’ll keep going back to, again and again and again.

If you’re looking for a cheap stay, I suggest the San Remo Hotel. You couldn’t get a better location-to-price ratio if you tried. And for something up the ritzier end of the scale, the Fairmont Hotel in the aptly named Nob Hill district is a winner. Either way make sure you book in for dinner at the Tonga Room in the Fairmont – a classic SF experience. Complete with nightly rain storm and tropical decor, you can get your beach holiday fix in the middle of the urban jungle.

If America wasn’t on your to-do list before, it is now. Trust me.

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