Category Archives: San Francisco

San Francisco – The Golden Gate Bridge

I’m posting a photo (or set of photos) each day, telling you about the location and where you can expect to find it in Book 5! And even though my new book is waiting for its title, you can actually pre-order it here (Waterstones) and here (The Book Depository) – I know, how crazy is that?

Today, let me introduce you to the stunningly gorgeous Golden Gate Bridge

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During our stay in San Francisco, we saw this amazing structure from many angles – here (above) from the viewing point at the head of The Presidio National Park, on a boat going underneath it, walking by the side of it at West Bluff (where the bridge joins the land), peeking through the houses and buildings at it from high up on Alamo Park (more on that soon) and at the end of streets as we climbed up San Francisco hills on the cable cars.

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It’s very strange to see it for real after seeing it in so many photos, TV programmes and films and I wasn’t prepared for how beautiful it would be. Often, the tops of its towers are shrouded in mist which hangs across the San Francisco Bay and makes the mountains look as if they are rising out of the clouds. But this day was really clear and the views were stunning.

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And, of course, you have to attempt the comedy bridge shot photo… (Taken from West Bluff – one of our favourite places.)

The Golden Gate Bridge features in Book 5 several times – but it’s when Nell returns home to London that its significance really comes into its own… Watch this space for what happens when it does!

More tomorrow. Let me know what you think – leave a comment! xx

San Francisco – Cable Cars!

I’m posting a photo (or set of photos) each day, telling you about the location and where you can expect to find it in Book 5! And even though my new book is waiting for its title, you can actually pre-order it here (Waterstones) and here (The Book Depository) – I know, how crazy is that?

Today, I’d like to show you San Francisco’s famous cable cars

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These little wooden cars have become iconic and they are so much fun to travel on. The best thing (apart from hanging on the outside which Bob and I did – terrifyingly good fun!) is the banter that the blokes who work the cars share all the way. This is the Powell/Market Street turntable and although the queues were quite long, it was worth the wait!

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A little bit of safety there… (although the hanging on around curves wasn’t far off what it actually felt like – these cars are fast!)

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Inside, everyone was smiling. But then, that seems to happen a lot in San Francisco. On the way back everyone was smiling apart from a very irate New York lady who objected to waiting. (Everyone else was smiling at her…)

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The end of the journey at lovely Fisherman’s Wharf, with the San Francisco Bay and blue mountains of Marin County beyond. Gorgeous! The cable cars will feature in Book 5 during Nell’s first week in San Francisco when her cousin Lizzie takes her sightseeing – watch this space for what happens!

More tomorrow – leave me a comment! xx

 

 

 

 

San Francisco – Sea Lions!

I’m posting a photo (or set of photos) each day, telling you about the location and where you can expect to find it in Book 5! And even though my new book is waiting for its title, you can actually pre-order it here (Waterstones) and here (The Book Depository) – I know, how crazy is that?

Today, I’d like to show you the sea lions at Fisherman’s Wharf

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They’re very lazy, a bit stinky and incredibly noisy, but it’s fab to see so many of them in one place. The pontoon where they sunbathe, bicker and basically veg out is in a pretty impressive location, with Alcatraz Island, the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance…

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They also know they’re on to a good thing and are very good at posing for the crowds of tourists who come to take photos of them. Pier 39 is an odd place – very kitsch and seaside-y but fun and very, very friendly. Bob and I visited on our first full day and we loved it. The sea lions will, of course, get a mention in Book 5 – so watch this space!

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More tomorrow – leave me a comment! xx

 

 

 

San Francisco: Meet Eric!

I’m posting a photo (or set of photos) each day, telling you about the location and where you can expect to find it in Book 5! And even though my new book is waiting for its title, you can actually pre-order it here (Waterstones) and here (The Book Depository) – I know, how crazy is that?

Today, I wanted to introduce you to Eric

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I don’t know if his name is Eric, but in Book 5 that’s what he will be known as…

Those of you who know my books well will know there is always an Eric in them. I have a reason for this, but it’s secret. (A bit like Richard Curtis films always have a Bernard in them…) Most of the time Eric is a fleeting character, like the New Year’s Eve gig organiser in It Started With a Kiss or Danny’s uncle who operates the deck chair hire on Brighton Beach in When I Fall in LoveFor Book 5, Eric is the rather crazy unicyclist at Pier 39 in Fisherman’s Wharf.

The actual man you see is originally from the UK and performs a crazy routine of juggling on unicycles every hour. The unicycles gradually get taller and the things he juggles become more dangerous. The largely American crowd loved him – we heard their whooping and cheers before we saw who it was for.

So, Eric in Book 5 is a friend of Nell’s cousin Lizzie (who she stays with in San Francisco). When he meets Nell, he invites her and Lizzie to come and see one of his Pier 39 shows. And it is while she is watching the show that she first lays eyes on a gorgeous stranger who is about to become so much more…

More tomorrow! Leave me a comment to let me know what you think and what you’d like to see (I have a lot of photos to choose from…) xx

Book 5 – The research trip!

Apologies for the delay, but for the next couple of weeks I will be posting little snippets from the research trip I took with Bob to glorious San Francisco…

I’m posting a photo (or set of photos) each day, telling you about the location and where you can expect to find it in Book 5! And even though my new book is waiting for its title, you can actually pre-order it here (Waterstones) and here (The Book Depository) – I know, how crazy is that?

So, here’s the first photo – Bob and me at the giant heart painted by Tony Bennett:

Pandy & Bob Union Sq Heart

Tony Bennett famously left his heart in San Francisco (we heard that song played everywhere, from a jazz player to a trumpeter, to a Chinese man playing it on a huquin in Chinatown). The photo was taken by a very friendly local man who told us Tony Bennett painted the heart. These heart statues are all across the city, raising money for a local hospital – and they’re all completely different. This heart is in Union Square – it’s surrounded by famous department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany, Macy’s and Nieman Marcos and you can see the statue of Victoria (Goddess of Victory) on the plinth in the centre.

And there are palm trees, which I loved!

More tomorrow, lovelies! xx