Day 12 - Our day in San Francisco & Alcatraz
Trip Start Jun 14, 2011
33Trip End Jul 14, 2011
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Our first experience in the famous cable cars was from inside the car. It took us up Lombard Street, and then across to Union Square. I would say Union Square is a bit like Federation Square, with lots of famous shops like Macys, Barneys, Tiffancy & Co, Bloomingdales. We used Bloomingdales toilets, because the public ones in the Square looked a bit shady.
We also went into Tiffany & Co and I tried a ring on worth $52,000.00!! Even Molly and Aimee put it on
We saw our first shim (that's what the kids called him/her). We think it was a drag queen?? Not sure, but he was dressed in glitter undies, high heels and red velvet top. Certainly made the kids turn around and take a second look. It was very funny to see the expression on their faces.
Jack was his usual self, checking out all the cars that went by, and explaining to Stephen what they were. I honestly don’t know how he knows what they are… a boy thing I suppose.
While we were waiting for the cable car to take us back to Fisherman’s Wharf, a hobo came up to me and Aimee (Stephen, Molly and Jack had gone to the toilet again!) He was carrying on about paying your rent, and pointing his finger in Aimee’s face. I told him no worries and stepped in front of Aimee. Another gentleman with his family told him that he had frightened Aimee, and he should move on. The drunk was very apologetic and said sorry to Aimee, and moved on.
There was also a man standing with a sign saying… "Jesus loves you"
We finally got a chance to hang out of the side of the cable cars. The conductor was chinese, and had a very strange accent. When he was saying “tickets please”, we were certain he was saying “take a piss”. This made us all laugh every time he said it, which was quite often!
We had an early dinner at Eagle Café as we had our night tour at Alcatraz.
Alcatraz was the highlight of our San Francisco stay. We took a boat across the bay to the island. It was freezing cold on top deck, so I only took a couple of photos. We arrived at the island to meet Sheriff Al. He told us funny stories on the way up the two hills to the jail.
We stopped for an ice cream on the way back to the Hotel. We have an early morning, as we drive to the Airport and fly to Las Vegas…. Vegas baby yeah!!!
More to come soon … xox