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... br> Caught a bus into downtown. Then took a ride in a historic cable car, Russell stood on the outside running rail for the ride up and down the steep hills until we got off at Lombard street.
Lombard is the worlds crookedest street and features in many movies. We walked up the steep incline, then took the 249 steps to the top of the windy part for some great views.
... shops. all trying to entice a buck out of the tourists, but we only bought some grapes which I might add were dear!
We looked at the many ferries as they zoomed over the Bay, and admired how clear the view of Alcatraz was.
Sadly the tour was booked out for today.
When Ben arrived we walked a bit, but I was pretty tired with a sore back, so we managed to flag a taxi and went up to China Town to ...
... were due to meet a friend of a friend for dinner. We stopped in a small bar on the junction of Broadway and Columbus called ‘Vesuvio’. It had a great atmosphere and was near to the bookshop were paper back books were invented (bus driver, TBC) and the first ever topless bar in the USA (bus driver, TBC). We sat at the bar for a drink whilst I watched NFL on the TV. Here I met Tom, a well-travelled Italian-American pensioner who was married to an ...
... saw how watered down it was of China! I did not realize how westernized Chinatown was before going to China. Most of the stores were selling stereotypical Chinese items and dresses. A lot of the stores were playing American music not Chinese music. As for anything Chinese, I noticed was the Chinese people in Chinatown spoke Cantonese not Mandarin and the signs were in traditional characters. I walked into one tea shop and I could not believe how expensive ...
... dragged everyone out, in the San Fran wind down to checkout the famous bridge. It was well worth it. We had seen it from down at the jetties and from in town but it was so amazing to see it up close, to walk on it, to touch it! It was one of those things that we thought would just be another tourist attraction and what we had seen would be enough, but it wasn't. It was better than in the pictures or the movies that we've seen it in. What a great way to ...