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As I had mentioned in my Further with Ford recap, last week I had the honor of attending this media event with Ford in San Francisco. While we had a ton of conference time, learning about new technology, how Ford is adapting to the new mobility trends and how other businesses are utilizing technology – Thursday was a day that I won’t forget. Ford set us up on a driving tour of San Francisco.
Ford arranged for a driver to pick me up at the airport. I met the darling Yvonne from Moms LA and we rode into downtown. The 45-minute drive (hello, traffic.) was lovely. Yvonne had lived not far away, in Berkeley and provided all kinds of local insider information about the city. It’s one thing to ride around in the city, but on Thursday when we got to jump behind the wheel of a Ford and experience the city for ourselves… That was magic.
Golden Gate Bridge
Thanks Ford, for sharing this pic on Instagram!
Crank up those @spotify tunes on the available SYNC 3 in a #Ford Escape and see the sights! It’s been another fantastic Further with Ford conference – we’ll miss you San Francisco! #FordTrends Photo by @digitalmom
My sister and I, with the Ford Escape and Golden Gate Bridge.
OH, yes – my sister. I forgot to mention she was there as well. Meet Betsy, she too is a blogger and having her on media trips and media events is the bestest.
I had no idea what the Painted Ladies were, then I saw them “OH, FULL HOUSE!” Yes, this is from the iconic opening shot of Full House. Betsy and I drove the Ford Fusion, as shown in this shot.
Palace of Fine Arts
After the driving tour to see the Painted Ladies, we ventured back to our headquarters and sitting in the parking lot waiting for us was a bright orange Ford Mustang convertible 5.0. It was 72 degrees outside, perfect convertible weather. We jumped in and drove to the Palace of Fine Arts not knowing what to expect of the location or the car.
After returning our vehicles, we had a few hours to spare. We grabbed an Uber and headed out to see what we could in our short window before flying home. Our time in San Francisco was WAY too short. Glad we were able to see what we did, but next time I am booking a few days just to tour the sights.
Next time, I definitely want to tour Alcatraz. This trip, I was able to walk to the pier and get a few shots.
Ghirardelli Square and Store
Yes, San Francisco is home to the beloved Ghirardelli chocolate. The store was busy, but was able to grab a few things and check out quickly. The soda fountain was way too packed for us to even entertain the idea of getting a sundae. It was definitely touristy, but a fun stop. Plus, my husband was home with our kids alone for 3 days, he deserves chocolate.
There was a ton to explore in the Fisherman’s Wharf area. From views of the pier, restaurants galore and shopping. We only had 15 minutes to spend here, but it was time well spent.
We were so bummed we weren’t able to hit Japantown (yes, apparently it’s a thing in San Fran!) My sister and I are both a quarter Japanese. What’s second best? Chinatown!
What a whirlwind of a trip. From information overload to an unforgettable experience in a city that I now LOVE, NO WONDER I AM STILL EXHAUSTED.
Thanks again Ford!
Make sure to read my recap on Further with Ford.