I went to San Francisco for work but I have been here before. If you are heading to the west coast of the United States, I would definitely recommend you spend a few days in San Francisco.
Here are just my top tips.
Catch a Cable Car at the corner of Powell and Market
The cable car dates back to 1873. British born Andrew Hallidie was inspired to build the cable car system when he saw horses die due to the steep hills of San Francisco. The system was copied in many places over the world including Dunedin in New Zealand. There are sill 3 cable lines that remain and which still run today. It costs $7 to take one single ride. Get there early as there are long lines for the cable car. If you go in July, there are the annual cable car bell ringing contests, which takes place on either the second or third Thursday of the month.
I love Halloween, it is my favorite holiday. I have loved it every year since I lived in the States and the photo below was one of my first Halloweens with my sister.
This year I am going to be in Barcelona so I really wanted to do something to celebrate. Halloween is a celebrated over 3 days in Spain, starting on Octobe 31st and ending on November 2nd. November 1st in Catalonia is All Saint’s Day. In Barcelona, family remember their loved ones who are no longer here. Halloween is about celebrating life as well as honoring the dead.
My parents moved away from the hustle and bustle of London and decided to retire in sunny Provence. The south of France was never my top destination but as I have been visiting my parents, I can see the attraction of retiring in the area. I have visited many of the towns and villages near their house and wanted to share them with my readers.
Isle Sur La Sorgue
This beautiful town on the river Sorgue is twinned with Venice. The town is also know as the Venice of the Comtant and is home to one of the best Sunday markets in France. There are a variety of antique shops and brocant. The town sits right on the Sorgue river and is home to many of the water wheels that in the past, powered the textile industry. I love coming to Isle-sur-la-Sorgue for the market and also to buy souvenirs from Provence. For those looking to grab a bargain, there is a flea market every Sunday.
It can be difficult to find the time to keep fit while working in London. Some people in their thirties find they put on weight more easily while others (like myself) have always had to watch their weight and so look for more exciting and fun ways to shed the pounds. This past week, Time Out London featured some unique ways to keep fit, which has inspired me to write this post.
Take Part in a Fun Run
There are lots of runs organized throughout the UK. I have taken part in numerous 5k and 10km runs over the past few years. The Stylist has put together a list of the fun runs for the rest of summer. I took part in two London British 10ks. For those who want a bigger challenge, the Royal Parks Half Marathon is on 11th of October this year.