San Fogcisco

Trip Start Jan 01, 2012
Trip End Dec 31, 2012

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Friday, August 31, 2012

Our weekend getaway to San Francisco started on a sour note with our 8:30pm direct flight from Vancouver being delayed by 2 hours, only getting us to San Francisco at 1:30am. But after a good night sleep at the Hilton Union Square, we managed to get ourselves out of bed mid-morning. We jumped on the historic light rail, which we thought was just as cool as the slightly overrated cable car that always had a 1 and a half hour wait and was always overpacked, down to Fisherman's Wharf. It was very busy in San Francisco the entire time we were there as it was Labour Weekend for the Americans too. We had brunch at the infamous Boudin Sour Dough Bakery at Pier 39 on Fisherman's Wharf before walking down to Pier 33 where our Alcatraz Tour was going to leave from. Alcatraz was awesome. It is a historic prison that was home to infamous criminals including Al Capone "Scarface" and the Bird Man. The audio guide there was really good and explained all the attempted prison breaks/escapes and how things were back when the prison was open. It is now a National Park, with the prison having closed in the 1960s. After Alcatraz we explored Fisherman's Wharf - saw the seals at Pier 39, ate ice cream and did some shopping. Afterwards we headed back to Union Square on the Cable Car. We had to wait almost 2 hours to get on the Cable Car. After that we were pretty exhausted and after dinner went straight to bed.

The next day was an early start. We got the Muni 1 Day Passport which allowed us unlimited travel on all buses, rail and cable cars. We firstly went to see the beautiful City Hall. After walking the grounds we caught a bus up to Lombard Street. As the buses didn't go right up to the top of the hill where the crookedest street in the world part starts, we had to walk up two steep blocks uphill! It was a must do San Francisco experience though. We walked down Lombard Street and caught the cable car down to Chinatown. After Chinatown we walked to Union Square where we enjoyed lunch at the Cheesecake Factory before setting sail again, this time to Golden Gate Bridge. The clear blue skies had has fooled, because as soon as we got to the Bridge the weather changed drastically. It was extremely foggy and windy at the Bridge and we didn't get a good view of even the Bridge! We didn't realise how foggy it really got in San Francisco! Unfortunately we learnt the hard way! We then made the long bus ride back towards the city, with a brief stop in Alamo Square -  a historic row of Victoria style homes that San Francisco is famous for. We managed to rest a bit before heading out to an amazing Mexican restaurant called Colibri Mexican Restaurant, for dinner with Carly, Jeff and Amy.

The last day in San Francisco was a relaxing one spent shopping and walking around the city. We caught the BART to the airport, which was a good way to travel there.
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