Streets of San Francisco

Trip Start Jul 05, 2012
Trip End Oct 24, 2012

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Where I stayed
Wyndham Canterbury at San Francisco
Read my review - 5/5 stars
What I did
Chinatown San Francisco
Read my review - 4/5 stars
Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco
Read my review - 5/5 stars
Pier 39 San Francisco
Read my review - 4/5 stars
Sausalito Visitors Center
Read my review - 5/5 stars
Union Square San Francisco
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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Tomorrow we leave (our hearts in) San Francisco and go to Monterey/ Carmel/ Big Sur. Our fabulous apartment here was right in the thick of it all near union square and we managed to get to know this neighbourhood quite well, as well as the number 30 bus route, which we rode about a hundred times. (to give you a sense, the 30 has a very diverse clientele and passes through the middle of chinatown. One day as we waited for a 90 year old man to sloooowly embark, a particularly weary bus driver intoned in a gravelly James Earl Jones voice "these are the trials and tribulations of driving the 30").

Insights and'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. We didn't get to go to any great restaurants (not even any really good restaurants actually (yes mark r, i know what a waste) but everything we ate was wonderful. We had a snack at a Vietnamese gourmet food truck today (something we didn't manage to do in NYC) and it was lovely.

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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kimon.comodikes on

Ah, got the happy birthday clips from the kid's - many thanks. Only voice though as my desk top does not seem to play video's, but it is much beter to interact with the blog on the computer than on the phone - the photo's are easier to see and one gets a much beter sense of what you guys are experiencing.
I will play the happy birthday clip to Dad on Saturday when he comes for Mom's birthday.

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Jo on

Georgia, you rock! Well done darling!

Scott on

It looks all great. Nice to be able to follow you around. Looks like you are all having fun and seeing some amazing places. Will be great to share a beer and hear them first hand.

Marcelo on

I'm so impressed you took your bike !

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