The Golden Gate Bridge is an iconic structure connecting the city of San Francisco to Marin County, California. It spans almost two miles across the Golden Gate, the narrow strait where San Francisco Bay opens to meet the Pacific Ocean.
San Francisco is less than 50 square miles and has a population that doesn’t even crack a million, but it ranks as one of the greatest cities in the world. Famous for grand-dame Victorians, cable cars, a beautiful waterfront, and a soaring golden bridge, this city truly has it all. The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks; you can walk or bike across the span to the Marin Headlands.
San Francisco’s high cost of living starts with a hot housing market. Simply put, San Francisco houses for sale are hard to come by. California is known for its remarkably expensive homes, but San Francisco takes the cake. On the plus side, the economy across the entire Bay Area is on fire right now. San Francisco has a fabulous public transportation system. You have access to cabs, bicycles, scooters, buses, trollies, and light rail so that you can access almost any part of the city.
San Francisco's arts and culture scene is incredibly diverse. There are world-renowned museums, great collections of street art to discover, galleries with glorious collections of paintings and crafts. If you enjoy classical music and dances, there are three destinations to visit the city’s ballet, symphony, and opera. Animal lovers will not pass by the San Francisco Zoo.
You’ll be spoiled with outdoor space. From the wide-open fields of Golden Gate Park to the cliffs of Lands End, the city has plenty of opportunities to get some fresh air. There’s no need to get a gym membership, since there are much more scenic places to sweat. Whenever you feel rundown by city life, going outdoors will be the perfect cure for all.
There’s so much to do in the city, but a quick drive can land you in the mountains, at the beach, or in wine country. Hike the redwoods, drive out to Yosemite or south to the sunny peninsula. You can be on the slopes in Tahoe in under five hours by car, or go south to LA, San Diego, or Mexico. Napa is just over an hour north, and Half Moon Bay (the beach) is 30 minutes east.
I wanted to very quickly pop on here to wish all of my readers a very Happy New year. It's been a hectic Christmas for me with one thing or another (another being the 10 Christmas trees we seem to have committed to this Christmas!!!)
I'm so excited for a new year having had another incredible year under the belt. There is something about starting a New Year that's incredibly exciting and full of hope and opportunity! Not least because we get to ring ours in in another incredible country (last years Vietnam trip was so fun) this time India!
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Wishing you all the best for 2020
With the holiday season in full swing, comes plenty of parties. Although hospitality may come easy to some, for others it can be a challenge. Regardless of the event, a party in your home can be a fantastic way to get everyone together, whether it’s a cooked meal at the table or party food to pick at. If you have a gathering planned, maybe with family and friends, you’ll most likely want to be prepared. Your home needs to be ready to host as well as an effort being put in in the kitchen.
Let’s have a look at some of the ways you can host the perfect party:
Make A Plan
Whether you’re a natural planner or normally just wing it, it’s a good idea to create a plan and write it down. This way you can almost guarantee that you won’t forget anything. The key to hosting a successful party is down to the planning. Create a guest list, any food requirements even down to whether your guest has any specific needs such as gluten-free, Plan a cleaning day, buy any decorations, think about decluttering, make any necessary repairs and plan your food prep. Then you can work through your list and tick off your tasks as you go along, writing down your plan also means it’s easier to delegate to others who are helping.
Food & Drinks
You need to determine how you’ll serve food and drinks. Are you planning on catering yourself or maybe considering using a social event catering service? Food and drink interfere with the flow of your party therefore this makes it extremely important. Buffets are one of the most popular options, as people can serve themselves but there is just something nice about catching up over a sit-down meal. Of course, it’s going to depend on how many people you are catering for when you come to your ultimate decision.
Clean Through Your Home And Declutter
When planning the perfect party, cleaning and decluttering your home will probably be one of the first things you think about doing. You may not have to clean every room, as parties tend to be restricted to certain areas of your home, so think about where people are going to use. Most common places such as the kitchen, bathroom, living room, family room, basement and dining areas tend to be used during a gathering. Hide any personal documentation, and clear any clutter. Sometimes it might be easier to get a cleaning company to deep clean after you’ve decluttered.
The Party Area
It’s not uncommon to need to rearrange parts of your home to make it an area that is easy for people to gather and not feel crowded. You need to have a flow about the area you’re hosting so you can move between your guests and make them feel comfortable. Put coats in a cupboard and have a dedicated area for any drinks or food that they may bring.
Your aim should be to make your home as welcoming as possible for your guests. Following these tips will help you to achieve this. Do you have any other tips that you can share in the comments area below?
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