We had fun in san fran...cisco...

Trip Start Nov 01, 2012
Trip End Jan 09, 2013

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

We got up early to catch the ferry into town today... we so loved the Sydney ferries and thought we would try out the San Fran ones... it was a 50 min ride with only a glimse of golden gate bridge but an awesome entry into the financial and dockland area of the city...

The ferry docks at ferry buildings, where the old warehouses have again been transformed into a bustling set of cute shops selling the seasons best organic and farm products .. from here we walked to the Embarcedo center the start of the California line cable car. We paid our unlimited day fare ticket and hopped on board...

it was awesome to stand on the side holding on tight as we were pulled by the cables up the extremely steep hills.. best bit zooming down hill of course and when a cable car passed going the other way you almost brushed each others clothing.. was great fun and we went all the way to the end and almost back to get off in china town..

China town is the most densely populated pocket of the city but definitely the most colourful. it was great to wander the streets soaking up the atmosphere sounds and scents of the tightly packed  shops and restaurants.. it was more like china than china...!! having been to Shanghai..hehe....the street markets were packed with fresh fruit and vegetables that I could not name and crammed with buyers and sellers chatting in Chinese..an awesome place..

we then climbed the hill to washington street where the cable car museum sits.. here not only a museum explaining the history of the cars, but also it is a hub of activity as the engineroom of the whole cable system.. the huge cog wheels turn as the cable passes over them and round the miles of underground workings.. apparently the cable needs to be changed about  every 100 days .. as soon as a cable begins to fray detectors along the system send a warning and the whole cable is replaced .  joining the ends of the cable together  takes 5 hours of skilled workmanship still using the same methods from over 100 years ago..

After an interesting hour spent here we caught the powell/mason line cable car back down the really steep hill,holding on tight, great fun, to market street.. here the cable cars have to be turned round on a big turntable all done by man power.. this is also the main shopping area with many designer shops lining the streets..

we caught a street car this time , their version of a overhead tram.. all along the quay past 40 piers back to Fishermans wharf.. after another quick look around and being entertained with loads of good street musicians we had a super Mexican lunch in the Cannery.

A walk was needed now so we set off on the golden gate trail... it begins at san fran beach and ends at golden gate bridge 4 miles altogether but we only managed 2 of them. it was a very pleasant walk starting with a lovely park overlooking the bridge in the distance.. then down to the fort mason center an old us military base handed over for civilian use in the 1970s and houses a mix of galleries and museums.. today was a chocolate fair.. stalls of people selling allsorts of flavoured chocolate the smells were amazing but we resisted the temptation and just looked through the windows..

on to marina park, full of skaters, cyclists and walkers as well as beautiful boats and good views of the bridge ..the houses in this area are so interesting all varied in shape and size some round some octagonal and some elegant and painted all colours too ...

 feeling tired we jumped on a bus back into town a long ride giving us another view of china town in the dusk, now with even more people going scurrying around the open street markets. then through Nob hill and North beach, the italian quarter of town..

we got off at market street again and caught the powell and hyde cable car this time all the way to Hyde.. it was a really long ride, this time we had an outside seat .. the cable car went up the streets you see in the films, it was awesome steep ups and very steep downs and he was ringing his bell just like the movies...weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee....

it was time to go home now as it was dark and we were worn out.. so a cozy bus ride back over the Golden Gate bridge to the campsite and our rather chilly van to reminisce on our brilliant day...


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Chris on

Ont miss Alcatraz the night you is the best.

Chris on

Sorry predictive text!
What I meant to say is don't miss Alcatraz.The night tour is the best.also try the clam chowder

Jenny Bedwell on

Well the pics are good Alcatraz looks along way away, we should have something like that for all our horrible criminals, not sure about the steep hills on a tram going down a bit scary, the weather looked good, yeah the houses are different, speak soon.x

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