Sunday, October 28, 2012

Star-Spangled Journey: A Taste of San Francisco

Food tripping in San Francisco with our all-around guides Tina and Eli Africa.


This chocolate and ice cream shop was the brainchild of Domingo Ghirardelli, an Italian who migrated to the United States during the Gold Rush. It has been serving the public since 1852.

Starting our day by choosing from among the many sinfully delicious treats at the Ghirardelli shop.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Star-Spangled Journey: The Sights of San Francisco

After our Napa tour, we spent the remainder of our days in San Francisco seeing the sights and enjoying the flavors of the city. Thanks to our tour guides, high school and college school mate and fellow Sidling Cristina Arinto-Africa and her hubby, Eli Africa (our professional photographer, haha!) who are now currently based in the Bay Area. This trip was also a reunion for us since it has been a long time (was it a decade) since we last saw each other. If my memory serves right, we haven't seen each other since our graduation from UP.

I've compiled in a video the scenes of San Francisco.

Sightseeing in San Francisco
from Sojourner Sol on Vimeo.

San Francisco is a beautiful city with its old buildings adding to its character. In a way, it reminded me of Stockholm because of its buildings, its proximity to a body of water and the unpredictability of the weather (one moment it is all sunshiny and in a couple of hours, everything turns foggy). And the city will definitely make you huff and puff with its uphill terrain.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Star-Spangled Journey: Filipino Meals (in California) to Start and End Our Wine-Filled Day

Before heading off to a wine-filled day, we had to have breakfast. So my friend brought us to Vallejo to have a Filipino breakfast at Max's restaurant. It's located near the Seafood City Supermarket along Sonoma Boulevard.

Max's here is open not just for lunch and dinner but breakfast as well. They have a breakfast buffet at $ 6.95 with coffee or juice, exclusive of tax. So we had a very typical Pinoy breakfast of pan de sal, fried rice, scrambled eggs, tocino, and bistek to name a few. The works.

Star-Spangled Journey: One Wine Day in Napa Valley

The last US state that we explored for this journey was actually the first state we visited. We flew to San Francisco and my friend from way back in college who is now with UC Berkeley, Jay Balza, picked us up at the airport and brought us to Nob Hill where we would be staying for the duration of our San Francisco trip. Prior to the visit, my friend promised to take us to Napa Valley. And so the next day, off we went to the wine county.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Star-Spangled Journey: Historic Route 66

As we were cruising around the three of the four states that comprise the Four Corners (New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona. We never got to Utah.), I kept seeing that sign on the road which contained the number 66.

Star-Spangled Journey: The Grand Canyon

From Colorado, we drove to Arizona for our next destination, the Grand Canyon. But since we would be arriving in Arizona at dusk, we decided we'd stay in for the night and make the trip to the canyon the next day.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Star-Spangled Journey: Mesa Verde's Cliff Dwelling in Colorado

View of the surroundings in Mesa Verde

We made the long trip from Albuquerque to Colorado to see the cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Pueblo People (or the Anasazi) in Mesa Verde. This national park was established  through the efforts of President Theodore Roosevelt.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Star-Spangled Journey: On the Road to Colorful Colorado

On our way to Colorado, I was amazed and in awe of the sights beyond my window seat. It was definitely a picturesque road trip. My words will not be able to do justice to the beauty of the plains and hills and plateaus against a rich, blue sky so let me share the images I captured on this journey.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Star-Spangled Journey: Charmed by the Old Town of Albuquerque


Welcome to the Old Town of Albuquerque. Really old as this was founded by the Governor of the Spanish Province of New Mexico Don Francisco Cuervo y Valdes in the year 1706. Town was located right on the Camino Real.

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