February 27, 2012

an easy place to love.

I love living in cities, I do. As a girl who was born and raised just outside of Chicago, there's something comforting about a skyscraper, something familiar about the sound of honking cabs and passing pedestrians. But the thing is, I'm a suburbs girl at heart. Yes, I love the hustle and bustle and, yes, I'm energized by crowded streets, a chorus of mingling conversations. Every once in a while, though, I crave nothing more than quiet. Every once in a while, silence heals.

San Francisco's not a particularly loud city—definitely smaller and more low key than Chicago. Still, this weekend I wanted nothing more than silence and sunshine, and nothing sounded quite so perfect as a Napa day trip. We sat in the sun, strolled through town, and discovered a new favorite restaurant, Angèle. As we drove home, the sun was setting in a golden haze over the valley, and by the time we made it back over the Golden Gate, I was breathing easier. So at peace that I fell right to sleep.

There's something so invigorating—so enlivening—about stepping outside of your space, if only for a few hours. And when that nearby space is Napa? Yeah, it's not so bad.

I fall more in love with San Francisco all the time.
Such an easy place to love.


Nikskie said... [Reply to comment]

i'm a suburb girl at heart too, but i love living in the city. that's why i really love Yogyakarta. the city i live in now. it has the right amount of honking vehicle, morning silence, arts performance and coffee shops.

Elizabeth and Kyle @ Love Is the Adventure said... [Reply to comment]

This makes me miss the small town where I went to college.

This post was so well-written. I had this great image of you falling asleep in the passenger seat going across the Golden Gate. :)

Maria said... [Reply to comment]

Gosh, this is such a beautiful post. You truly have a way with words, madam! I was born in a suburb, so I'm a suburb girl at heart but I'm longing for a city to love right now!

Dewey & Heidi said... [Reply to comment]

So crazy - my husband and I went to Angele for brunch on Saturday : )

Too bad I missed you; I'm a huge fan, Laura! We moved to SF from Boston just a year ago so are learning to navigate the city by the Bay, too : )

Haley said... [Reply to comment]

Love this. Your perspective is so simple and fresh. I agree, stepping outside of your norm works wonders.

citythoughts said... [Reply to comment]

Every time I read your posts about SF I spend the rest of the day picturing myself soaking up the sun and enjoying the change of pace.

Allie said... [Reply to comment]

San Francisco really is an easy place to love. I mean, I love it. So glad you are loving it as well.

Nicole Marie said... [Reply to comment]

isn't it amazing how quickly you can esacpe the city and be in another wonderful but yet so different place!

Barbara said... [Reply to comment]

I'm a city girl at heart, but absolutely agree about the need to get away and rejuvenate once in a while!

I do, I do. said... [Reply to comment]

You both look so connected together! <3

Allie said... [Reply to comment]

i miss san francisco!! have you ever been to sausalito? great restaurant called sams...right on the water, ridiculously feastly fish and chips! would be good for another getaway!

Greta Nisswandt said... [Reply to comment]

Haha, I'm heading to San Fran in a couple of weeks for an Orchestra Tour. And I thought of you! So excited to see it! :D