We enjoy the tourist attractions of the city

Trip Start Apr 18, 2007
Trip End Oct 16, 2007

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

We've had a great day today - we avoid the dodgy part and spent much of the day in Fisherman's Wharf/Pier 39. The weather was sunny but cool - 62F. It is lovely if you can keep out of the wind and in the sun.

We had a good breakfast sitting next to the pool in the sun. Thereafter we set off to the "Streets of San Francisco" - had to be said.....tee hee. We got to Pier39 very easily and had the pleasure of paying $6 an hour to park - not much you may think...but yanks NEVER pay for parking. It was a shock.

The place runs into Fisherman's Wharf and is all a mixture of expensive restaurants and tacky tourist shops...all very busy and colorful but somewhat different from the old port it used to be. We wanted to go to Alcatraz - but first available trip is Friday morning!! So we're not.

We didn't stay long and set off for the Golden Gate Bridge stopping on the south side of the bridge for photos and a swift walk onto the bridge - but whilst it was sunny it was very bitter with a chilly wind coming in from the sea.

We drove back through Presidio which was an old Navy base - it is more like a large park with redwoods and huge open grassed areas together with lovely old wooden buildings. We meandered our way back to the hotel and had a little lunch in the room followed by a few minutes around the pool. It really is a tough life this traveling...

We then found we could take a bus from nearby our hotel all along Van Ness north back to Fisehrmans Wharf -but we got off a few stops early and walked up this 45 degree road to the top of the "crookedest street" - it is a one way switchback for about a block.

We then walked down Hyde Street to The Embarcadero and found the San Francisco maritime national park where there are about 10 ships of varying sizes from the late 1800s. We ended the day in a "Irish" bar which only seemed to mean it sold Guinness. We caught the MUNI bus back after just missing one - it had 9999 as its number but when it arrived it announced it was a 47 and it was free. How lucky was that??
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