San Francisco

Trip Start Jan 25, 2007
Trip End Jan 25, 2008

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

From LA the easiest way to get to San Francisco was with the infamous greyhound. Ok, the bus station is  in a slightly dodgy part of town but apart from that the Greyhound is perfectly fine. As I had found so far, everyone was very friendly especially the bus driver who seemed to be in a world of his own but I suppose he has to find some way to amuse himself on those long drives up and down empty motorways.
The bus journey took about eight hours and we arrievd in to see the sun set over the Golden Gate bridge which was a perfect start to San Francisco. Unfortunately I didnt get a photo from the bus so youll just have to imagine it for yourself.
Arriving into downtown, I was surprised at how many homeless people there were, mostly black too. They all seemed fairly friendly too but I wouldnt like to push that point too far late at night.
San Francisco has two must see attractions, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Alcatraz books up really quickly so I was only able to book it for three days later, luckily I would still be in San Fran then. As for the Golden Gate Bridge, I din't realy see it properly til the second day, I spent the first day around Fishermans Wharf which is the local tourist trap but does have an interesting tour of a WWII submarine nearby.
When you do finally get to see the Golden Gate Bridge it is as imnpressive as you would imagine. It's also big although the bridge from Oakland to San Francisco is actually bigger just not as famous. Although the bridge is actaully a three lane highway in both directions it's still possible to cross it on foot although it is quite noisey. It's worth it for the views you get of San Francisco from the bridge and the other side.
Being San Francisco  of course there had to be a love parade on when I was there, it seemed like little more than advertising for all the local bars and clubs but was still good fun (apart from the naked old guys who were also part of it!)
Alcatraz is only about an half hour from San Francisco by ferry but still no one ever escaped from there due to the freezng cold waters and strong currents. There were some interesting guided tours of the place and the views of SanFrancisco from the cells were second to none. If this wasn't a former prison it would be one piece of prime real estate.
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