San Francisco Bay

Trip Start Mar 12, 2010
Trip End Jun 04, 2010

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Friday, May 21, 2010

As soon as we arrived in San Francisco we knew it would be completely different to LA. The people and the atmosphere in the city was much nicer. We checked into our hotel, The Touchstone which was in Union Square and then got some lunch in the diner next to our hotel. This was our first experience of American portions!! We ordered a chicken salad sandwich and a beef sandwich. Mine was big but Andy’s was massive, I think he must have had a whole cow in there (see picture, but even that doesn’t do it justice!!) On the walk up I had spotted all of the shops on offer in Union Square so we had a look around Macy’s, Abercrombie and Fitch and American Eagle. I have decided American Eagle is my new favourite shop. We did well, only came out with one t-shirt each from American Eagle. In the afternoon we walked to Chinatown and up Nob Hill which is very steep - good exercise!

On the second day we caught the trolley to Alamo Park which is a spot that provides great views over the city and has some really nice colourful Victorian houses. Then we got the famous cable car to Fisherman’s Wharf. The cable cars are good fun, you hang off the edge and hold on!! You will see what I mean from the pictures. You have to use the cable cars and trams to get around San Francisco quickly as there are so many hills. Fisherman’s Wharf is divided up by different piers each with their main purpose/attraction. While here we had a look around a submarine from World War II and went to Pier 39 which has lots of tourist attractions and restaurants. We had dinner that evening at Loris 50s Diner which was cool. You had your own juke box at your table where you could play songs.

On the third day we biked the Golden Gate Bridge which was really good fun but quite hilly!! We also went to Alcatraz in the afternoon. The audio tour around Alcatraz was really good and you can imagine how bad it must have been to live there. It also had some great views back over to San Fran and the bay area. I think San Fran is probably the most picturesque city we have ever been to, it seems where ever you are it has great views.

On the last day we caught the hop on hop off bus to Lombard Street, known as being the most crooked avenue in the world. This is because the hill is so steep they had to put 7 hairpin turns on it which reduced the gradient a little bit. We took a walk up to the top of the hill and watched all the cars making their way slowly down. At the bottom of the hill we found a nice café to sit in and have a hot chocolate whilst watching the England match that was playing. In the afternoon we went to Fisherman’s Wharf where we went around an original World War II cargo/gunner ship.  On the WWII ship Andy played with the guns which still swivelled around which he thought was cool.  An interesting fact we found out about the ship was that the engine room was used for the film ‘Titanic.’ We also went on the famous Duck Tour of San Francisco which was VERY cheesy but good as we got to see some areas of San Francisco that we had not yet seen.  It also saved our feet from anymore walking for a while!!!  We got dinner at Fisherman’s Wharf before heading back to Union Square - all the shops were closed by this time so Kate couldn’t spend anymore money on anymore outfits!!

Our next stop is Las Vegas which we are both looking forward to.....
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Auntie Shell on

So glad you liked San Francisco and got to see the seals!! Fishermans Wharf and especially Pier 39 are amazing.
Well, so you've discovered American Eagle, Kate! But guess what, we've been buying Andrew tops from there for a couple of years now! Does that mean your brother is cooler than you????
Please try to curb the shopping!! Your dad is already talking about taking a bigger suitcase than he needs to accommodate all your purchases!
Hope you like Las Vegas - different again!
Can't wait to hear what you think, but especially looking forward to hearing what you, Andy and your Dad think about New York - would have loved to have been there with you to see your first impressions - it's a love or hate it kind of place! I've page marked your Dad's guidebook so he should be fine!!
Love lots, (try and share food portions!!)
Auntie Shell xx

mum on

sorry kate writing this from england ,haha. san francisco looks a brill place will have to put it on my wish list with las vegas too.and new york well got the fridge magnet so dont need to go there again. andy have a chill dog for me i never found one to try . love and miss you both xxx


Hi both - absolutely thrilled you have enjoyed San Francisco. Please don't buy too much Kate as you dad is only bringing the medium case!!! Looking forward to hearing about your adventures face to face. Take care. Lots of love Jill and Elliot xxxx

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