The Exploratorium, San Francisco

WE’RE almost at the end of our San Francisco trip! One of our last stops in the city was the Exploratorium, a massive science and discovery centre located at Piers 15 and 17, Embacadero. A modern, blockish-looking building, the centre was first opened in the 1960s and was relocated to its new place in 2013.…

Cruising Down The Bay: San Francisco’s Cable Cars

SAN Francisco’s cable cars are as iconic as the Golden Gate Bridge itself, so no way was I gonna miss the experience of riding on one! The city’s steep slopes and hilly terrain meant that going about was a dangerous business for people (and horses) in the 1800s – and deaths occured frequently from horse…

Chinatown, San Francisco

“You’ll get bored of San Francisco one day,” E said as we drove into the city for the third time. I raised a skeptical eyebrow and pressed my nose against the glass again. I find it hard to imagine ever being bored of San Francisco. I fell in love with it from Day 1, when…

Sacramento History Museum, California

Hello! We’re still exploring Old Sacramento :) After a heavy lunch, E & I walked off the calories at the Sacramento History Museum, a museum dedicated to the California Gold Rush and the city’s history. It was nearly closing time and we only had an hour, so we breezed through many of the exhibits. The…

Joe’s Crab Shack, Old Sacramento California

We allocated a day to explore Sacramento Old Town –  good call, seeing that there are plenty of things to see and do here. Apart from museums and buildings with interesting architecture and history, there are also loads of shops selling everything from traditional Native American crafts, costumes, souvenirs and even joke items. Sacramento Bridge. It…

Candy Heaven, Old Sacramento – The Sweetest Place on Earth

A place where you can eat candy and chocolate to your heart’s content – sounds like every child’s (and even some adults!) dream. And Candy Heaven in Old Sacramento, California is exactly that. Sweets and candy of every shade and flavor imaginable line the colorful walls, which are painted over with rainbows and flying wizards…..…

Old Sacramento, California

As a child in Malaysia, westerns often played on TV – with rugged, gun-toting cowboys, rowdy salon bars, and horse-drawn carriages. After two weeks in the US, I got my first taste of the American West, on a one-day trip to the city of Sacramento. Okay, so there were no gunfights in the middle of a…

Ripley’s Believe it Or Not, San Francisco

I grew up on a steady diet of bizarre facts narrated by Dean Cain, so it was nice to pop into the Ripley’s Believe it Or Not Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco.  It is housed in a narrow three-storey building that looks plain on the outside but is quite spacious on the inside. The place…

Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco

FISHERMAN’S WHARF in San Francisco is a charming tourist enclave located way north of the Bay Area. Founded in the 1800s by Italian fishermen, the place retains many traditional seafood restaurants, along with attractions such as an aquarium and several museums. Parking is a bitch and expensive, so I’d recommend taking the public transport. Buses…

Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco

Standing on a hill in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, I look down to the foggy grey sea and think about how pretty everything is. It’s easy to forget that this green city sits on a notorious fault line.. and that all the neat museums, well-paved roads, beautiful trees and houses can all be uprooted…

Japanese Garden, Golden Gate Park San Francisco

You don’t have to fly to the Land of the Rising Sun to experience Zen in a Japanese tea garden – you can get that right in the heart of San Francisco! Located within the Golden Gate Park, the Hagiwara Japanese Tea Garden was founded by Makoto Hagiwara, a Japanese immigrant and gardener. After the…

Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco

I never liked getting flowers, because I hate the idea of wasting money for a bunch of blooms that will wilt in a couple of days. I’d much prefer going to a park or garden where you can see them in their natural state. :) Our next stop in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park is…