Sunday Funday: San Francisco Edition!

Posted March 15, 2015 by Cristina (Girl in the Pages) in Sunday Funday, Travel, Weekly Features/Memes / 16 Comments

sundayfundayIMG_5097Sunday Funday is my weekly(ish) post recapping the events in my bookish, blogging, and personal life from the past week. This week I’m featuring my trip to San Francisco instead of my usual weekly recap. All photos are my own!

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IMG_5090It was my boyfriend’s birthday this past week so we decided to do something special and take a trip to the city! SF is a city near and dear to my heart, and I love exploring a new aspect of it each time I visit. This trip we decided to pay a visit to the historic City Lights Bookstore, Chinatown, and Union Square.

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Waiting for the book store to open!

citylightsbooksCity Lights Books is a historic literary landmark in San Francisco. Originally it gained notoriety from the beatnik generation in the 1950’s, and their independent and anti-authoritarian vibe is still present throughout the shop. It has three levels, from a poetry reading room upstairs to children and YA selections in the basement. At 10am it was already filled with people (and we waited for them to open the doors!) There was also a fantastic mural painted alongside the building, which is pictured at the beginning of the post. City Lights Books also serves as a small publishing house, and this year marks its 60th anniversary of publishing titles! You can learn more about City Lights Books here.

IMG_5058Right around the corner from City Lights Books is Chinatown! We proceeded to walk around the district, taking in the early morning shoppers at the markets selling everything from tourist knick knacks to fresh herbs, veggies and meats.

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After Chinatown we braved the crowds out for the St. Patrick’s day parade to head to the Union Square area for lunch and shopping. We visited Nordstrom, MAC, and the Disney Store, and then ventured a few blocks down (in the unseasonably WARM weather!) to a small french bakery where we picked up macaroons! (Which unfortunately I ate before I had a chance to take a picture of!)

Books

Reading has been slower this week than I would’ve liked, but it’s my last push before my grad school entrance exam and most of my spare time has gone to studying! It might be a little slow this week here due to test prep, but once it’s over I plan to get a LOT of reading done! As of right now I’m still working in The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski and loving it.

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Blog

What Happened Here This Week:

Monday: I’m moved by the rawness in I’ll Meet You There.

Tuesday: Top Ten Books for Those Who Like Older-Skewing YA

Thursday: I’m nominated for my third Liebster Award!

Friday: I have mixed feelings about Lola and the Boy Next Door.

Here’s to a good week for everyone, and cheers to everything you’re looking forward too (whether it be passing exams, spring break, a vacation, or just the impeding warmer weather!)

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16 responses to “Sunday Funday: San Francisco Edition!

  1. I live about an hour from San Fran and go there a few times a year. Usually we go to the chinatown district, but I’ve never heard of the City of Lights bookstore! I’ll have to check it out next time i’m in that area. ๐Ÿ™‚

    ~Kaitlin @ Next Page Please!

  2. I’ve never been to San Francisco before but it looks so cool! That cat is adorable ๐Ÿ˜€ I’d love to go to that bookstore as well – there aren’t many independent bookstores where I live ๐Ÿ™

    THE WINNER’S CURSE! Such a good book – I hope you like the rest!

  3. I LOVE YOUR TOP AND CAN I HAVE IT PLEASE?

    *ahem* sorry, this post was about San Francisco right? Super jealous! I would love to visit. ๐Ÿ™‚ In fact, there’s a lot of places in America I would like to visit.

    (But seriously your top though, mint is my favourite colour and I’m actually wearing a top in the same jumper/blouse style as we speak ๐Ÿ˜› )

    • Thanks for the compliment (I have to admit, I’m quite fond of my top in this picture myself! Mint is one of my FAVORITE colors too! And conveniently it’s in fashion right now so it’s easier to find these days luckily…)

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