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Penless by the Bay

In a city known for skyscrapers, painted ladies (colorful Victorian houses), the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Lombard Street and sourdough bread, San Francisco has a lot to do….and lots of great food to eat. I live on the outskirts of the city so I am there quite often. My wife and I like to take weekend trips to San Francisco. Our favorite place to go to eat is Boudin Bakery Cafe.  It has a good selection of baguettes, baguette burgers, bread bowls, pizzas, sandwiches, and a whole lot more! This place is a must when in the city.


The bay area has much to offer such as clothing stores, and souvenir shops which is always good so I have a variety of things to choose from when I am getting my family gifts! I also like to add a personal touch to them by attaching a Penless sticker to all the gifts. Pier 39 has so much to see and do.


Some of my favorite stores at Pier 39 are:

  • Image Arts
  • Houdini’s Magic Shop
  • S.F. City Wear
  • San Francisco U.S.A


Other than shopping at Pier 39, we love to try new restaurants! Some of our favorites are:

  • Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
  • Luigi’s Pizzeria
  • Wipeout Bar and Grill


We have also been to Alcatraz  many times. This secluded island has a fascinating history.  In 1850 it was the most heavily fortified military fort on the West Coast consisting of more than 100 cannons.  It then became a military prison and later a maximum security federal prison housing the most incorrigible inmates such as Al Capone and “Machine Gun” Kelly.  It is now an abandoned prison welcoming more than 1.4 million visitors per year.

If we are in the city during the evening, we like to take a sunset drive across the Golden Gate Bridge. It leads to Marin Country which is a nice place to ride bikes in the day time! We have been to Marin County multiple times and it is definitely a must-see place if your in the area! Can’t wait for the next Golden Gate drive during the golden hour.


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