Succulents around San Francisco

“Wow….Woaaa…oh wowww….”

This happened a lot while my family was travelling around San Francisco, because of succulents, LOL. I am sorry if you found seeing a family of three shooting succulents in front of people’s house strange, because we came from Canada, succulents cannot be grown outdoor here, so we’ve never seen such huge ones in Toronto.

A gorgeous aeonium arboreum var. atropurpureum in front of a really nice house in the sea cliff area.

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Day Trip to Napa Valley

My original plan for San Francisco did not include Napa Valley at all. I thought, okay, it’s just winery, nothing special, I’ve been to wineries in Ontario a lot. However, this family friend highly recommended it to us, and she said it’s very different than Ontario wineries. So I did a day trip to Napa Valley.

We visited three wineries:

1. Domaine Chandon – The very first winery from France. They are known for their sparkling wines. It’s not my thing, so we moved on.

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3 days in San Francisco

I planned a short trip with my parents during the past holiday to San Francisco; tried to escape from the snow and cold, as well as some sight seeing and exploration of new culture.

We took an early flight so that we can arrive San Francisco early, and utilize the rest of the day. Both my parents and I bought a T-Mobile tourist sim card for $30 USD after arrival, which includes 2GB of data, and unlimited USA calling and text messages. I booked a one bedroom suite in the Richmond district on Airbnb, 5 mins walk to Golden Gate Park. Rental car was booked on the 3rd day because we were heading to Monterey and Hwy 1.
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Blue Mountain Eco Adventure Tour

For the past week, I had some relatives visiting Toronto, and I took them to this Eco Adventure Tour at Blue Mountain. From their website, it seems interesting and challenging.

We booked the tour at 2:45pm, and arrived there at 2:15pm, just perfectly on time since they require people arrive 30 mins before the tour time for some administrative work. After we signed the waiver, got harnessed, and a brief introduction of everyone, we started the 3 hour tour!
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Relaxing Days in Colorful Lisbon – 2

Lisbon also has a name of “City of Seven Hills”, yes, it’s very hilly. When I got off at Baixa station the first time, I was totally lost. Luckily, I bought 7 day data plan sim card on my phone, looking at the map was not helpful, I had to use google navigation! Such a short distance on the map could mean a very steep uphill. It has great weather though. Although my photography tour guide told me it was unusual to have such August weather in June, the air was not humid, which was good news for tourists.

Great city view from Castelo de São Jorge:

More amazing view at the bottom of the castle, overlooking Alfama and the Tejo river:

Famous Tram that takes tourists up the hill:

Alfama, the oldest district of Lisbon:

I spent 6 days in Portugal, a beautiful, peaceful, and friendly country. Reception at hotel was trying to help in every possible way; waiter in restaurant would remind me to wear backpack on the front, etc. What can I ask more for a vacation?