Sea Lion paradise

Trip Start Jun 01, 2007
Trip End Aug 31, 2007

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Thursday, August 30, 2007

This morning Ross and I woke up refreshed after a pretty decent night's
sleep.  It seems our bodies are finally adapting to the time
zone.  It probably helped that we had a nice and relaxing night
last night - we went to see a movie - Death at a Funeral - which was
quite funny.  We thoroughly enjoyed it. Nothing Ross likes more
than funny British movies about death and funerals.

We were back at the hotel and crashed shortly after that, so it was no
surprise when we were out the hotel door well before 9.  We had
breakfast at Mel's Diner - pretty decent, but nothing compared to
breakfast yesterday.  It was literally around the corner though,
so you can't really beat that.  We immediately went up Mission
street and stopped at the Rincon where we got a pictoral history of
California.  There are these quite impressive murals all over the
walls of what used to be a post office, and a beautiful fountain that
has water coming from the ceiling into a puddle at the bottom. (Okay,
that description didn't come close to doing it justice....)

We then made our way over the ferry and were surprised and pleased to
find out that today was a 'bad air day' which meant that all public
transport was free. (I was initially pissed because we bought three day
transit passes...I got over it though when I found out that the ferry
ride, which would have cost us 30$, would be free.) We spent an hour or
so in Sausalito - cute little town that is clearly really
affluent.  Nothing much to see there, especially since Friday we
plan on renting a car and driving through the Napa valley. 

After the ferry ride (and too much sun...) we made our way to Chinatown
via the cablecar - what a fun way to see the city!  China town was
fun - it just sorta sneaks up on you out of nowhere.  We ate sushi
at a sushiboat place, but couldn't partake in the little boats going
around because of my shellfish allergy.  We ended up ordering off
the menu and it was delicious, and shockingly cheap. Just the way I
like my food. :) Then we made our way to a Chinese bakery and had some
bean donuts (delicious little balls of pastry, grease and red beans)
and a chocolate and nut concoction. 

Ross really really wanted to climb telegraph hill, and I really really
didn't want to, so we decided to part ways for a while. Ross took off
to climb, and I sat in a park and read for a while.  About two
minutes after he left, I looked over my shoulder and saw a bus - to the
top of Telegraph hill - and thought about getting on it,but decided to
stay and read.  Good thing - I had a lovely time.  At one
point, all these pigeons came out of nowhere.  Turns out the lady
who normally feeds them showed up and they recognize her.  I was
more than a little shocked, so watched that for a while. Ross got back,
hot, sweaty, and slightly irritated that as soon as he got to the top
of the hill the bus also arrived. (Hehe).

After sitting and exchanging stories, we made our way over to
Fisherman's warf.  It was pretty touristy and mundane, so we
didn't stick around long.  However, we did decide to head to pier
39 to see the sea lions.  According to the Lonely Planet (the
ever-accurate travel guide...) there wouldn't be many, if any. 
However, when we arrived, there were at least 200 lounging on the
docks.  They were soooo much fun to watch.  So we took a few
hundred photos of sea lions (what Ross refuses to stop refering to as
"Jess' boys"...) and then headed back to the hotel via streetcar.

For dinner, we headed into the downtown area.  We arrived at this cute
little alleyway with four or five french-inspired restaurants, and had
a nice look at all the menus.  I was a little surprised to be
greated in french by one of the Maitre D's, so we ended up eating there
after a nice little conversation...I think we were both a little
surprised to be speaking french. haha.  Dinner was delicious
(salmon on polenta for me) and we headed home for a good night's sleep.
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radsolv on

Fisherman's Wharf
Thought I had suggested you spend maybe ten minutes at the Wharf and then take a very short walk to Giardelli Square and the Cannery, both class acts. A former chocalate factory and fish canning factory.

I know polenta as Italian. No reason it can't also be French.

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