Day 3 - Chinatown and the Wharf!

Trip Start Apr 01, 2010
Trip End Apr 11, 2010

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Saturday, April 3, 2010


We decided that we would start off the day by walking around Chinatown. We got going around 10:00am and walked a couple of blocks over to Grant Street. What a neat environment. Seeing so much of the culture knowing that this was a functional Chinatown was pretty cool. It had the same similar feel of the Chinatown in Seattle but definitely was more involved in the local's lively hood. We stopped at a couple of shops as we worked our way up to Jackson Street.

From there we found the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Company. This side alley shop dates way back and some has said it may have been the start of fortune cookies in America. We peeked inside and loaded up on bags of goodies and paid fifty cents to take a picture.

From there we went over to Stockton Street where the core of Chinatown functions. Littered with small groceries and markets, it was awesome to see the hoards out doing their shopping for the day. Fresh fruits and vegetables galore as well as roasted ducks hanging in the windows. At least we thought they were ducks.

Fishermans Wharf

Next, we found a cable car stop, hoping to jump onboard and ride it all the way to the wharf. Close to a dozen passed by at full capacity. It wasn’t looking good. So we headed down hill, walking about 18 blocks till we reached the waterfront.

Once there we walked around Pier 39, ate and leisurely walked down the wharf towards Ghirardelli Square.

There at the square, there was a street performer that caught our attention by yelling to Carter, "Hey little bro, tell your Dad I need some dough, cause I’m poah!". We all giggled over the comment.

We nibbled on some chocolate and then turned uphill towards the famous Lombard Street. On our way, we ran across the same performer again and he called out to Carter again, “Hey little greeny, can you help me pay for a limoseinny!” He was pretty funny.

We ended the day checking out Lombard Street and catching a cable car back towards our hotel. The weather was awesome for walking around being a tourist. The city, people and weather sure left a good impression on us.
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