How to Spend 72 Hours in California | Part 3

We drove from Monterey back to San Francisco before sundown to check out a few of the popular tourist sights.

We started at Dolores Park, then navigated through the urban maze to find the Painted Ladies and Lombard Street before parking in Chinatown to explore further.

We did try to locate the Victorian from Full House, but we definitely got the wrong address…
Then, by the time we figured out that we wanted to see the firehouse from The Princess Diaries, it’s located further south from the city center…

Even though the Painted Ladies are one of the main attractions, I was more taken by the cluster of homes next door. Let’s call them Gilded Princesses, because they look like Laduree macaron boxes.

Experiencing the city’s landscape of steep hills is not unlike watching a dramatic patterns of a life-or-death situation playing out on a heart monitor. 

It’s definitely a change from the more quaint suburban hills in Connecticut…

One of my goals while on the West Coast was to eat at a ramen noodle bar, so we ended up at Ramen Underground for dinner, a Zagat-rated spot also recommended by Thrillist in their Best Ramen in SF guide.
As for nightlife… Let me keep it simple with a checklist of what you should do in North Beach…

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