After reaching Los Angeles, we hopped on a Greyhound bus to Palm Springs. This was quite possibly the hottest place we’ve been on this trip. We were there for Coachella Festival. It was an amazing three day event with Snoop Dogg, Dr Dre, 50 cent and Eminem (and Tupac?) headlining on the last day. I totally understand why it is rated the best festival in the world and why people have to go back every year. My highlights were David Guetta, Madness and Florence and the Machine.

Madness

Kaiser Chiefs

Florence

Next stop was San Francisco.

Golden Gate Bridge

This city reminded me very much of my university town Brighton, with it’s outrageous hilly roads (although none quite as wiggly as Lombard), city-by-the-sea and anything goes attitude. It is a great city to walk around by the wharf, through the park or down many of the shopping districts. After holding back (a bit) shopping-wise for the whole trip, when I got to San Francisco, all this changed.

They have amazing shopping districts. Around Union Square, you can find all the typical high street and designer shops you would want. From here you can wander easily to Hayes valley which has many nice boutiques and cafes.

Chantal Guillon Macarons

Ver Unica Vintage Shop

My favourite area was the Mission, there are tons of cute boutiques, vintage shops and thrift stores. There are also great cafes and deli markets.

Clothes Contact – a store that charges $10 per pound of clothing.

The Buffalo Exchange

Bi Rite Creamery – the best Ice Cream in the world

Another great area is North Beach, the little Italy of San Francisco. On our way here we found the cutest vintage shop called Bell Cose. It has a great selection of vinatge and new womenswear, menswear and interiors.

Bell Cose on Polk Street

Nearby here, is the Beat Museum and City Lights Bookstore, which is an homage to author Jack Kerouac, my cousin has been reading On The Road since we got to America, so this was great for us to check out.

When in San Fran, Alcatraz prison is a must. The jail on the island is very eerie.

View of San Fran from the island….

That evening we had prosecco and cake at the Cheesecake Factory in Macys

An area that’s a bit more hippie-like and reminded me of my hometown’s Camden was Haight Street. It was yet another great area to snoop and shop.

Decades of Fashion Vintage store

This road ends facing Golden Gate Park.

On our last day we went to the Ferry Building which is foodie heaven, a building with many kiosks and food stands. We settled on mac and cheese and cupcakes.

Our next stop: Yosemite Park.

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