I left my heart in San Francisco

Well not really but it sounded witty 🙂

My week started out with my “Marketing and Innovation” MBA class trip to Silicon Valley. We visited Google, Apple, Salesforce, Goodby Silverstein and Associates (super famous ad agency who launched “Got Milk?” and the Old Spice commercials among other works), Clorox, Netflix, WalmartLabs, Twitter and Joyent. It was a whirlwind and the learning’s I took away were invaluable.

Then the fun started when my mom joined me on Friday afternoon. We rented a car and drove down to Half Moon Bay for the first night.

Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay

I did some research prior to the trip and found the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve not ten minutes from our hotel at Moss Beach. The unique thing about the reserve is you have to time your visit with the tides. So if you are lucky enough to have a low tide during park hours you can check out the marine life that is left throughout the shoreline while the tides are out. The park technically opens at 8am and the low tide was at 6:30 so we weren’t overly optimistic about how much we might see in the pools but it turned out to be fabulous! It was a great surprise. Tons of little creatures were in the tide pools and not too far out were dozens of seals.
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Pretty mom with seals in the background

Pretty mom with seals in the background

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From here we drove to Sausalito, a super cute town just outside San Francisco. I would highly recommend a visit to this quant town! We shopped, shared tuna sandwiches, sat in the sun along the water and walked around the entire town until we decided it was time to head to our San Fran hotel. Upon checking in we headed out to check out Chinatown which was just blocks from the Hilton we were staying it. *It’s worth the extra cost of staying in a hotel within walking distance of everything. And walk we did!
china town
We found a great, authentic Chinese restaurant where we split a bunch of dishes but saved room for some authentic Chinese desserts- a butterfly cookie and moon pie (not anything like an American moon pie). We crashed at about 8pm and prepared for our big bus tour on Sunday.

Sunday morning we headed out to meet our tour which was guided by Brendan who was born and raised in San Fran. The fact that he was a local definitely added a level of credibility to the tour. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

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Redwood Trees in Muir Woods

Redwood Trees in Muir Woods

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Almost 25 weeks!

Almost 25 weeks!

On Monday we walked down to the Pier 39 which is also Fisherman’s Wharf where the seals hang out. From there we walked down to the Ferry Building. If you enjoy unique, delicious food from those that offer only what they specialize in, this stop is a must. We enjoy grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup but not just any grilled cheese and soup. The grilled cheeses had unique cheddar cheese, caramelized onions and hummus and the tomato soup was just delicious. There were vendors up and down the building with unique eats and gifts. Another pleasant surprise.

After dinner in Little Italy we packed up and headed to our hotel outside the airport to make catching our early flights a bit easier. It was a fantastic trip and I’m so glad I decided to take the class and that my mom was able to join me for some fun vacation days!
San Fran


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