El Capitan Hotel
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... until august. Lucky I booked in advance.
The island actually smells, as it is home to many birds, who poop every where to the point that the place stinks.
The trip included an audio tour, which walked us all through the prison, informing us of its history and significant events. I think we all got something out of it, and now are keen to watch one of those Alcatraz movies.
Back in town, lunch time was pending, and we had the usual challenge of finding something to eat ...
... a really fancy building dating back to 1913 when the city extended their shoreline out further into the bay for the world fair. The Palace is the last building left from that effort and still looks really good today.
The golden gate bridge looked pretty good and we considered ourselves very lucky to not have too much fog given it was a warm summer day. The tips of the bridge were just disappearing into the mists. We got quite a few photos before moving on ...
... in the Marina. The sun was starting to shine and we had our first proper view of Alcatraz Island - very impressive! Next stop - the famous Lombard street! Dubbed 'the most windy road I the world', it was built in wiggly lines as the gradient was too steep for vehicles to climb up or go down safely. It is now a highly manicured, green road - where abundant flower gardens fill the space in between the bends of the road. We realised that this was the first touristy stop that ...
Biked Golden Gate Park
Toured Haas-Lilienthal House
Saw Dan Gabriel at Punch Line Comedy Club
Ate at a couple spendy places:
steak house - 5A5 (OK)
mediterranean - Kokkari Estiatorio ...
... pictures of celebrities who had apparently visited. Sunset strip was supposedly a haven for these elite folk, and it was not uncommon for one to turn up and surprise the minions like myself. I fought my way to the bar and asked for two beers. The tipping situation had thus far confused me and thrown me into despair. I was unsure of who to tip and who not to tip and found myself wondering if I should leave tips for shopkeepers and people who worked in Starbucks. Furthermore ...