My weekly ramble

A night and a day in the city

It’s always worth to drive to San Francisco, even on a Friday afternoon when you’ll most likely hit bad traffic. I went with my three very good German friends and we had a wonderful time – 24 hours without kids, just for ourselves. We started with some yummy appetizers and a G & T at the Hotel Bar “The View” on the 39th floor where you have stunning views of the sunset, the city, the AT&T Park, the bay and the bridges.


Our next stop was the “Regency Ballroom”. The Regency is a popular and quite historical venue. It was built in 1909. The grand ballroom is a “beaux-art treasure with thirty-five foot ceilings and twenty-two turn-of-the-century teardrop chandeliers. (…) This stunning room features blonde hardwood floors, a horseshoe-shaped balcony and a built-in stage.” 

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We went to see the concert of Nena, a German singer who got very famous in 1984 with her songs of “99 Luftballons”. It was her first time ever playing a full show in the US. I would say 80 % of the audience was German and Nena was obviously extremely touched by the rapturous applause and that people could sing along almost every song. She was joyful and energetic and totally engaged the audience. It was a great and special show, I had a blast.

The next morning we went to another great place in the city, the San Francisco Moma. It is one of my favorite museums here and always worth a visit.


We had breakfast in the Café 5 and walked through several exhibits, like


Anthony Hernandez (photography),


Alexander Calder “Motion Lab”,


Pop, Minimal and Figurative Art and Paul Klee in color.


And out of nowhere there were a bride and a groom posing in front of this yellow wall. They don’t look too happy, do they?


Teens and children are free, young adults (19-24 years) pay $ 19, seniors (65 and older) pay $22 and all other adults are $ 25. The annual membership costs $ 100 and is good for yourself and a guest which means it pays off after only a couple visits with an accompanying adult. Whenever you get the chance to visit the SFMoma, don’t forget to check out the Museum Store. They have a fantastic selection of living & kitchen items, books, calendars, toys, jewelry and interesting gadgets you might not have seen anywhere else before. It’s a great place to find gifts for basically anyone you know. Three of us got a “My Marquee”, a miniature LED billboard with letters and I absolutely love mine.



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  1. travelingchristie

    October 3, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    What an odd place to get spotted having wedding photos taken, unless they met there? But no they don’t look to happy ! San Francisco looks so stunning, this is high up on my travel wish list. And such gorgeous photos. Thanks so much for linking up #MondayEscapes x

    1. bellamonte

      October 3, 2016 at 5:44 pm

      My pleasure and thanks for stopping by! We were wondering if it was a real couple because they looked so misplaced 😉
      San Francisco is definitely something that should be on everyone’s bucket list. These are just a couple places I went to this time and there are so many more…. Check out my other rambles.

  2. fifi + hop

    October 3, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    San Francisco is beautiful and looks like you hit some great spots. And so nice to be on a kids-free trip! #mondayescapes

    1. bellamonte

      October 5, 2016 at 3:47 pm

      San Francisco is always a good time, with or without kids 😉 But I enjoy some kids-free time once in a while. Going up there soon to visit some places I haven’t been yet.

  3. pc

    October 3, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    What a great way to spend time with friends. I enjoy reading about SF and SFMoma especially. (the bride isn’t ready, look at the hair ;p) #mondayescapes

  4. incahootswithmuddyboots

    October 3, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    It’s a great city to visit indeed! I haven’t been there in a long time. Perhaps next year when I come back down that way. I always enjoyed Golden Gate Park and the Academy of Sciences and everything else but the traffic!
    Looks like a relaxing and well-deserved escape for you and your girlfriends!

    1. bellamonte

      October 5, 2016 at 3:46 pm

      The Academy of Science is awesome. I’ve been there only once and definitely need to go back. Let me know when you visit 🙂

  5. Pit

    October 5, 2016 at 6:18 am

    I’ve been to SF twice, and I like the city and the area. I think I’ll be back there some time (soon0 as my wife’s children life in CA.

    1. bellamonte

      October 5, 2016 at 3:44 pm

      Sounds great! It’s a wonderful city and the fall is the best time to visit 🙂

  6. pigeonpairandme

    October 5, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    He he the bride and groom look like an installation! I love Nena and am envious of your trip. 24 hours without kids in a fabulous place like SF sounds amazing.

    1. bellamonte

      October 5, 2016 at 3:42 pm

      It was amazing! Thanks for your kind comment.

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