Streets of San Francisco
Trip Start Jul 05, 2012
45Trip End Oct 24, 2012
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Insights and observations...it's a beautiful, beautiful city but the populace is not nearly as stylish as that of new york, for instance, tending to rather go for a casual grungy surfer type look. In my week here I read 3 newspaper columns bemoaning this fact and appealing for better dressing standards.
The food here is awesome
The city is jam packed with European tourists. It's a fairly compact space so maybe you feel it more but all the main tourist sights seemed to be filled with germans and Italians. We didn't meet any other South Africans.
We did a lot of different things here - toured a submarine, popped into a few art exhibits, played vintage arcade games, took a ferry to sausalito and walked through chinatown, but our highlights were...(1) the bridge...especially for Christopher who cycled over it most days. We walked over with the kids and aside from it being blustery, cold and overly full of cyclists whizzing past, it was a great experience. (2) the streets, the streetcars, the cable cars, the jaw dropping angles of some of the hills which are almost impossible to walk up (and also tricky to walk down). (3) the exploratorium - a kids science museum, cheap and filled to the brim with fantastically entertaining exhibits.
On the whole we loved this town and would love to come back.
It was also a week of family milestones - Julian lost his first front tooth which made his Mom a little teary (I so clearly remember him getting that tooth!) and while we were at the marina today Georgia rode a bike without training wheels for the first time! Hooray! We were all thrilled with her and she was extremely thrilled with herself! (see attached video). On the downside, with everyone riding so well I'm going to be under increasing pressure to also get on the bike, uurgh...
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