Ideas for Your Trip to San Francisco

Hi everyone!  I am guest blogger for Lynn and recently got to cross San Francisco off of my bucket list.  I think it is one of the most beautiful cities in the US.  I visited San Fran in March of this year and would like to share with you a few of my “must see” spots.


This place lived up to the hype!  It was creepy and cool all at the same time.  Bring your camera, the photo ops are limitless.   The inside looks just as it did 70 years ago and the views of the city from the island are beautiful!  I listened to the guided tour (on headphones) and got to learn the history of the prison.  Be sure to buy tickets in advance, Alcatraz Island Tours, as it does sell out!  You will love it.

Pier 39

Want to checkout some cute sea lions?  Go to Pier 39.  They are hilarious and very entertaining to watch.  I would suggest stopping by first thing in the morning, there will be way less people and you will get a great view of “the show”.  Beware, they are loud!

Hawk Hill

If you have a rental car, drive across the Golden Gate Bridge and hike up Hawk Hill.  Spectacular views!    This was at one time a fort for the United States and there are old bunkers built into the ground, so the history buff will love this spot.

So these were just a few of my favorite spots in San Fran.  The food, architecture and views are simply amazing.  I would also checkout Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street, Ghirardelli Chocolate (free samples, enough said) Boudin’s Bakery and Ferry Building Marketplace.  What are your favorite spots in this city?  I can’t wait to go back and explore even more!

Thanks for having me Lynn!

Enjoy  ~ Jamie

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A Taste of Italy via a Cooking Class

One of the many things my family enjoys about traveling to different places is experiencing a regional flavor through one’s stomach. When my husband recounts his travel experiences it usually involves the experiences recounted via his ‘eating tour’.

In many parts of Europe ‘foodies’ can easily locate cooking schools to provide you with the hands-on experience of the process and the enjoyment of many flavors of local cooking.   Most regions of Italy will feature local ingredients in their cuisine and for an extra cost; some will offer a wine tasting to be paired with the meal.   Some cooking school links I Iooked at in my planning research are listed below:

Prices and packages vary widely depending on the experience.  In our case, since it was a family adventure, I choose a moderately priced class for the ‘novice chef’ to experience.    Whatever venue you decide, I recommend and always check for feedback on Trip Advisor because anyone can be creative and make an experience sound fabulous, but other traveler reviews or lack of traveler reviews speak volumes.

In our trip to Italy this past summer, we located a Cooking School offered through the Esperdi Resort in Sorrento, Italy. 

Our menu consisted of:

  • Pizzettes (essentially appetizer pizzas with tomato and basil or garlic and oil)
  • Gnocchi with tomato sauce (a potato based pasta dough)
  • Sea Bass with lemon
  • Tiramisu

On a scale of 1-10, my family would give it a 8.5 only because not everyone likes eating Sea Bass at 11 in the morning.    However, the experience and time with the family…….priceless.

We all unanimously agreed that the next trip abroad will include another cooking class.