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Tales of the City

Armistead Maupin

Bored secretary Mary Ann Singleton visits San Francisco on holiday and decides to stay, leaving her dull life in Cleveland behind. She finds accommodation in the home of colourful Anna Madrigal, and meets a wonderfully eclectic mix of people. Set in the late '70s, it's absorbingly easy to read and will leave you fully invested in the lives of its characters. This fabulous novel inspired me to travel to San Francisco! - Claire Harris, travel-lover, Kent

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San Francisco blog posts

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Updated 3rd May 2020

After a week exploring the leafy Pacific Northwest, it was time for the final leg of our trip: a weekend in San Francisco. I’ll admit: I felt a little guilty that we’d left so little time to explore this complex and veritable rainbow of a city....

28th October 2019

Traditionally, road trip itineraries for the Pacific North West are limited to the states of Washington and Oregon; with the option to drive north if you’re feeling particularly adventurous. However, what if you were to go further afield – turning your back on BC’s snow capped mountains in favour of North California’s warmer climes? What if you were to drive from Seattle to San Francisco – a Pacific Northwest road trip with a difference?...

7th June 2019

The United States is a big country and all of its citizens are very accustomed to driving. Need to go to the store?...

31st May 2019

I recently spent a wonderful week in San Francisco. It was my first time in the city and I absolutely loved it! During...

Updated 17th April 2019

Virgin Atlantic has just launched a collection of 2019/20 flight deals from £268 return. Us Brits love Virgin...

Updated 31st January 2018

...you’ll leave your heart in San Francisco! A vibrant, hilly city in Northern California, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, best known for its year-round fog and cable cars. Forward-thinking and ultra-modern in outlook, bohemian and old-fashioned in style, with so many things to see and do we dare you not to fall insanely in love with this eclectic city! Languages Spoken English (main language). San Francisco is a culturally diverse city...