Sunday In San Francisco

Trip Start Jul 31, 2013
Trip End Sep 06, 2013

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Red Roof Inn

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

  We were back on the big coach today for our city tour of San Francisco.  As a sign of faith that today will turn out warm and sunny, Fred has dressed in a Tshirt and shorts.  Brave or foolish?  Sunday appears to be the best day for the big coaches to move about the city, traffic is light which allows the drivers to slow down and give us a good look at the famous landmarks.  At this point I really should mention that half of the Chinese passengers go to sleep as soon as they get on the bus, it's totally bizzare, and sometimes they don't even get off the bus when there's a photo opportunity or something really special to see, because the're fast asleep.  Fred has decided that they must be nocturnal, and perhaps there's a market for nocturnal tours.
 Our first stop to day was Lombard St, the most crooked street in the world. the crooked part is right at the top, to get there you have to walk up 150 meters of the steepest street I've ever had to negotiate.  There were a few heavy breathers by the time we reached the top.San Francisco has some charming houses, I remember going past one and saying to Fred  "That looks like Mrs Doubtfires house", and it was.  We were then dropped off at the Wharf to take a cruise around the bay.  Fred refused to admit he was feeling the cold, let me tell you the breeze was a bone chiller.
 The bay cruise was really good, we went right under the Golden Gate bridge, which is quite impressive.  Apparently at least one person every two weeks commits suicide off the bridge.  We had a real close look at Alcatraz (The Rock) very creepy place and a birds eye view of the San Francisco skyline.  It was Katarin's birthday today and she treated us all to a beautiful lollypop cake on a stick.
 For lunch Fred & I decided to try the local speciality, clam chowder, which we chose to be served in a bread cob.  They slice the top off the roll making a bit of a well then fill it with the chowder.  It was really nice.  Fred & I were just going for a coffee before getting back on the coach, when suddenly this older Chinese lady asked Fred "Do you know where our coach is."  Fred said "Well I know where mine is, but I'm not sure where your's is." She said "I recognise you, you're on my coach."  She also couldn't remember what time we were suppose to be back.  I'm going to miss our Asian friends, they are absolutely priceless.
 We finished off our day by visiting a famous landmark that was built for the 1915 Pan Pacific Expo.  The people of San Francisco liked it so much they kept it.  The Palace of fine arts as it is called was also a celebration of the opening of the Panama Canal and message to the world that San Francisco had recovered from the crippling earthquake of 1906.  The last treat of the day was a trip across the bridge and a drive to the highest point in San Fran, Twin Peaks.  The fog was rolling in thick and fast so visibility was very poor.  
 We were invited to Join Katrin, Frank, Oliver and Sarah for dinner to celebrate our last night at the Red Roof Inn and Katarin's birthday.  They have one more day at the hotel then they are off to Vegas.  We move to a hotel in the city tomorrow.  We will be staying there a couple of nights before joining our next tour.     
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Caz on

The 'sleepers' photos bring to mind the 'sitters' of India. x

matron on

We`ve done frisco. Loved it, visited acatras - spooky - walked down the wobble street. Great coffee.

curryinahurry on

Matron I only wish I could share your views on the coffee

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