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... double decker bus!
The wind sure can blow, but it's off the ocean. But the view was well worth it.
Maybe we'll sail under it tomorrow!
Down we went through parts of China town and retraced our way through the business district to the pier. Pier 39 where we alighted.
We had a while yet to wait for Ben, so we strolled through the various pathways where there were numerous eateries, drinking holes, ...
... of goods, from t shirts to magnets, left handed goods to sweet shops. We spent an hour or so, before continuing to join the ferry to Alcatraz. This island is famous for its prison, but was actually a fort during the goldrush of the 1800s. Being inside the prison at the top of the island was awesome. The cells really are tiny with just a bed, basin and toilet with open bars on each. Al Capone made his home here for some years as ...
... Of course I took the swinging option!). We rode the cable car through the hillsides of the city, climbing up wide streets and then plunging down before we were wrenched back into a steep climb. This rollercoaster-ride took around 25 minutes before we disembarked at Hyde. Here were were straight into the tourist route of Fisherman's Wharf, a candy coloured, clapperboard movie set! Everything in San Francisco looks like it has come straight out of a vintage film set. Not in ...
... facts. The place is creepy and it is hard to imagine spending any length of time in those tiny cells. I'd have dug my way out with a spoon too... We strolled along the water front to Pier 39 which is a touristy type area loaded with cool stores and restaurants. The waterfront was bustling with people making it a lovely atmosphere. The bay is filled with gulls, seals and tall sailboats which provides an awesome backdrop for all the action. ...