Day Five

Trip Start Aug 06, 2010
Trip End Aug 27, 2010

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Nikki and I are starting to run out of clothes, so we wander down to the laundry-mat which is a couple of blocks away.  Nikki stays with the clothes, and I wander across the street to get my usual morning fix of coffee.  So, I am in the coffee shop for less than a minute (and less than 12 hours in San Fran) and have a guy hit on me.  Not sure what to think about that, and why they would be interested in what I have... but, whatever.

We were going to hop onto the trolley car this morning and see downtown, but the power for the trolley went out and they didn't know when it would be fixed.  So, off we go onto the bus.  We got off in the heart of Chinatown and it is definitely different.  So many shops together with Asian people standing on the corner hawking fliers suggesting that their restaurant is the best in town.  And if you look up between the buildings you can see everyone's laundry hanging out the windows.  Decided to look into one of these bazaars.  Didn't touch much as you never know how much lead or other toxins in their trinkets.  Not being stereotypical on the lead thing, but there were a bunch of SF health signs all over the store suggesting that the lead content was a problem.  Good times.

After Chinatown, we wandered down towards Union Square and had a couple of street vender hotdogs.  They were GOOD. 

Wandered into Tiffany's and browsed their wares.  Which I have to say is nice, but I've seen similar sets of jewelery in Calgary for a fraction of the price.  A 1/2 caret solitaire necklace was $9000, and a watch similar to what I bought for the wedding, but with some diamonds in it was $34,000.  There was a lady and her daughter (both dressed up in fur coats, skin tight capris, too much make up) looking the part of spoiled rich people in the store.  The daughter wanted a $14,000 wedding band... not sure on what the ring looked like, but I imagine that it wasn't terribly impressive. So, Tiffany's is definitely going for the shock value in prices.

Next was Macy's for lunch (I know we had hotdogs about 30 minutes ago, but we were really hungry), and went into the Burger Bar.  It was pretty good, and had some interesting items on the menu such as Kobe beef burger with foie gras, truffles, and a bunch of other exotic items for $60.  Went with the sliders for me, and a buffalo burger for Nikki.  Finished our shopping, time to head home.

Onto the Trolley next, and we were first in line for the next train so front row seats for us.  YAY.  Nikki stood on the outside and I was manning the camera.  The guy driving the trolley was awesome and had a very infectous laugh.  It reminded me Quagmire from family guy.  Quote of the trip "I can only take 10 people at this stop.... I'll take all of you anyway... but only ten people"

Finally got onto the ferry for Alcatraz, and it was windy windy windy all the way out to the island.  The only residents of the island now are the birds and there are a lot of them.  Most of the buidlings on the outside are starting to fall apart from the water, salt and air beating them relentlessly.  Most of the tour on the island is a self guided tour with an audio headset that talks you through the sights and sounds of what happened in particular areas of the prison and some of the interesting people that lived there.  The tour was fantastic, and ride back into San Fran at night was pretty cool.  All of the city was light up and views were spectacular. 

Off for supper at 10pm and the supper was okay, but the service was fantastic.  The waiter gave us a free desert as well since we are on the honeymoon.
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