Hello San Francisco!

We’ve travelled for thirteen hours, but Bob and I have finally made it to San Francisco!

It’s quite surreal to be in the city I’ve been researching and the first thing that struck me was how much of it looks like a film set. I’m in no doubt that I’m in America (enormous cars, US flags everywhere) but it feels familiar because of the hours I’ve spent walking its streets on Google Earth and from travel books over the past three months.

I’m going to blog every day while we’re here, to share what we’ve been doing and hopefully my experience of visiting San Francisco for the first time. I’m also seeing the city through Nell’s eyes – my main character in Book 5, who decides to visit San Francisco for an adventure of a lifetime when she is unexpectedly made redundant. I want to show you the city from the perspective of someone falling in love with it for the first time.

We’ve only been here for a couple of hours, but I’ve already found a fantastic location for some scenes of the book – Union Square where we had coffee outside, listening to cable car bells, busking bands and even a throaty bagpiper in the shadow of Macy’s, Tiffany’s and Saks Fifth Avenue as tiny sparrows hopped onto the edge of our table. As introductions go, it was a pretty special way to meet San Francisco.

Now we’re heading out to find a diner before finally getting some sleep. More tomorrow, lovelies! 

Miranda & Bob xx

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