it’s a tropical paradise


the first 24…



(neiman marcus above)


it’s 8 am and i’m already rushing out! i just wanted to say hi and post a few pics from yesterday.

i wandered around union square and discovered maiden lane, a little alley filled with boutiques and cafes. i’m loving san fran for it’s glorious weather (it’s setting record hi’s in the 70’s), palm trees and uber friendly people.


these were a couple shops on maiden, so charming and i guess i was pulled in by the slightly french vibe let’s face it


one thing i love about traveling is hearing and reading different viewpoints. the ads on tv are different, articles in papers are different and in cali they’re always talking about everything from electric cars to healthy living.


i hope to meet kelly, lisa  and lynn who are natives for coffee then head out to see my college roomie & her family


as you can see it’s just heavenly and full of sunshine. it’s got a little bit of everything here from ny to paris to miami, but there’s a vibe all it’s own. one thing i’m a sucker for is a tropical city. and there are palm trees everywhere!


meanwhile it’s been amazing to watch the sun rise and set from our room in the middle of it all! i’m feeling pretty spoiled and loving sf. now if i look carefully for signs…i might stay if only it was always sunny! more later, xoc

January 17, 2009. Architecture, San Francisco, Travel.


  1. Leah replied:

    Glad you’re having a good time in SF!

    (But really, you think the locals are uber-friendly? I’m a native and have lived in the Bay Area most of my life, but I always thought the people here could be a bit stand-offish and cool.)


  2. theparisapartment replied:

    hi leah, funny but i guess compared to ny it seems friendly. maybe it was the sunshine but everyone seemed to be dancing in the streets. ok maybe it was the homeless guys with the radios but there were definitely good vibrations around!
    i didn’t know you were here! do you want to meet up for coffee this am? i’m trying to coordinate with some other bloggers, if not today then maybe another?


  3. josephine replied:

    don’t forget to hit sacramento street. the interior stores there are like catnip tip me. really great to wander around. then go to filmore street for the store called “nest.”


  4. theparisapartment replied:

    hey josephine, thanks for the catnip tips! i did hit filmore last time and fell in love with nest! i’ll put sacramento on the list and maybe i’ll head over there this morning if i ever get out of this hotel!


  5. Leah replied:

    Hi Claudia,

    A few other SF shops you may want to hit are listed (and photographed) here:


  6. Joy replied:

    Man, I love San Fran. We brought the kids there in May and they LOVED it too. Out of all of the trips we have been on throughout the world, they said they had the most fun here. Wild, huh? It definitely stole our hearts…

    Have fun C!



  7. Trailingspouse replied:

    San Francisco is definitely on my travel list. Glad to read and see you’re having a good time. :)


  8. theparisapartment replied:

    great link leah, looks like you covered quite a bit of ground that day! i’m hoping to explore the park today and get to some of the places you mentioned. with the sun shining everyday it’s really been a slice of heaven and easy to see why it steals your heart here.


  9. le petit cabinet de curiosites replied:

    I don’t know SF …by seeing your pictures, it seems I should


  10. theparisapartment replied:

    i bet you’d love it here! i’ve been busy seeing friends and kids so haven’t really taken pics for the last couple days. feeling a little guilty but just keep forgetting, we’re having such a ball!


  11. Ulla replied:

    Ohhhh, I love ‘Maiden Lane’. And ‘de Vera’ is one of the west coasts true ‘jewel boxes’!!!


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