San Francisco bound

Trip Start Aug 07, 2011
Trip End Aug 26, 2011

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Where I stayed
Apartment B 1347 McAllister Street
What I did
Explored some of the city settled in.

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

We had a lazy Sunday morning start, Paul swam again - he actually met an American swimmer who had swum in an international Masters championship in Sheffield! Then a leisurely breakfast, interrupted by us spotting a school of about 6 or 8 dolphins frolicking in the waves not far off shore.  We packed up our bits and left Seascape to a breezy and cloudy start at about 11.  We had decided to drive along the coast road to San Francisco as it was down as a scenic drive and would be less busy, we felt, than the interstate.  One thing we had noticed about moving towards the coast, the traffic was considerably heavier and we did encounter one or two jams around Monterey and Carmel.  On the way we stopped briefly at Scott Creek Bay and noticed a sign warning surfers to be careful of sharks!  There were actually 3 surfers in the bay and the waves were quite high, so it was entertaining to watch them for 10 minutes or so.  It was still breezy, although it did look as though it was clearing over towards San Francisco.  We drove on, and stopped on a whim for coffee at Half Moon Bay and were surprised to find that when we went into the Peets coffee shop there was a group of local folk musicians, who obviously gather there on a Sunday morning to share a session.  Their instruments were a mixture of banjos, violins and guitars and the sound was very pleasant, a cross between steel eye span type melodies and the Beverley Hills Hillbillies!

      We continued to drive on into San Francisco ( 6 lane highway at one point - glad I wasn't driving!) The roads got much hillier as we drove into the city and we soon found ourselves driving along streets that looked like a roller coaster - we fondly remembered the scene in Foul Play where Goldie Hawn and Chevvy Chase chase after a dwarf in a barrel that rolls down the hills of San Francisco.  Julian was convinced we would come upon the streets were Steve McQueen had his car chase in the film Bullitt. We found our apartment quite easily, thanks to Tom Tom and explored our new base for the next 4 days.  The apartment is in part of an old Victorian house - so we hadn't factored in the noise from the old Victorian plumbing or the fact that as the windows were all odd shapes (some with beautiful stained glass) there was no double glazing either.  We also found we were on a Muni trolley bus line so there was noise from the line to contend with too.  But, we were in a good part of the city, not too far out and as we were to discover tomorrow, not as far up a hill as we could have been!   We unpacked, explored the local streets and found a very nice pizza restaurant for a meal, then went and got hold of some Muni passports - 3 day travel cards that gave us unlimited use of all the city's transport system.  At $21 dollars these were an excellent buy and we more than got our money's worth from them by the end of our stay.
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