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A Pre-Honeymoon in San Francisco

After we got engaged, my fiancée and I decided to take a short trip to San Francisco. We thought a weekend getaway would recharge us for the upcoming year, which would be spent planning our wedding and our real honeymoon.

Since we were determined to move to one of the two greatest cities in the U.S. after we said our vows, we also decided that we'd visit San Francisco immediately, and then spend our honeymoon in New York. That way, we could make our choice after actually visiting both cities and getting a feel for what they had to offer.

We're big on planning and only had three days and two nights to see as much of the city by the bay as possible. My fiancée had shared a college dorm with a San Francisco native, and she got lots of great tips for some of the best sights to see, restaurants at which to eat, and attractions to enjoy.

Our itinerary was carefully planned and we had everything lined up. First, we spent a glorious afternoon at the Palace of Fine Arts, which was originally built as part of the 1915 World's Fair. Friday evening, we attended one of the greatest shows I've ever seen at Teatro Zinzanni, which was a lot like an interactive Cirque du Soleil, but with a tasty meal that came complete with appetizers and dessert.

On Saturday we toured the city in our rental car, and after navigating San Francisco's famous crooked street, Lombard, we took a cable car to the notoriously historic Haight Street, where we shopped and ate the most glorious lunch imaginable at a little corner Caribbean restaurant called Cha Cha Cha's. We took photos on the famous corner at Haight and Ashbury and enjoyed chatting with some locals and spent the evening enjoying drinks and dancing at many of the little bars along Haight.

The next day, we explored Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf, where we picked up lots of great souvenirs for friends and family back home and ate some of the tastiest fish and chips that I’ve ever experienced.

We took a boat tour of the marina and really enjoyed seeing the wharf from the sailor's perspective. The view was amazing and even though we didn"t get to tour infamous Alcatraz, we got to see it off in the distance. At Pier 39, my fiancée ogled over all the talented street performers. She must have shelled out fifty bucks tipping them!

We had dinner at the world famous Rainforest Café, which was a special treat indeed. "This is the kind of place I want to be able to visit on any weekend", I remarked, mesmerized by the rainforest sounds and décor. My fiancée agreed, nodding her head emphatically because her mouth was stuffed full of delicious food.

We had just a little time on Monday before we had to get to the airport. So, we went down to Union Square and spent a couple of hours in the business and financial district. We figured if we did move here, this is where we'd live and work, so it made sense to check it out. It was glorious and we spent the ride back to the airport daydreaming about what it would be like to spend our future together in San Francisco.

By the time we boarded the plane, we were exhausted. As we tucked pillows behind our heads, my fiancée and I looked at each other and laughed. We both knew that a honeymoon in New York was unnecessary because we'd already fallen head over heels with San Francisco.

"Let's go to Paris instead", my future wife suggested with a gleam in her eye. Looks like we'll get to see more of the world than we thought.