San Francisco! Hills, Cable cars, bikes n Segways!

Trip Start Feb 14, 2010
Trip End Jun 20, 2010

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Finally a bit of warmth! After a busride full of wannabe rappers and nutters, we finally arrived in San Francisco at the Opal hotel. It was a surprisingly nice hotel in downtown San Francisco with a couple of cool bars nearby - Coco's cocktails and Tommy's (Cheap strong drinks!) We both really liked the city - a very chilled, liberal vibe - quite arty and lots... lots of hills!
We saw all the sights: Lombard street (the crookedest street in the world), Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39 (really nice pier on the bay - with great views to Alcatraz and the Golden Gate bridge). They also have wild sealions sunbathing - so Sally was happy! We walked around Golden Gate Park and Haight street (recommended by Russ), which is really different to the rest of the city - reminded us of Camden.
One day we took a ride on one of the cable cars - was hilarious, Sach was literally hanging on to the front of the cable car as we sped up and down the hills - really fun! We ate at some great restaurants at the bay area, which all cater for veggies really well and one of the restaurants was 'Buena Vista' where randomly Irish coffee was invented. It was St Paddys day whilst we were there -all the Americans were wearing green clothes and big green hats. There was also a big parade to celebrate!
Monday 15th was the long awaited Segway Day! Basically a tour of the city on electrically motorised scooters (check pics) was so much fun. Had such a laugh on them trying to break the speed limiter and it was a great way to see the city with our tour guide Johannes - legend. We were pros by the end of it - see the photos for proof.
The following day we biked the Golden Gate Bridge, which took longer than expected due to the heat and Sally refusing to bike the steeper hills. It was well worth it for the views of the city and was an accomplishment.
Overall we had a wicked week in San Francisco - the weather was lovely and had a lot of fun doing the activities. We are both keeping well and can't believe we've been touring California for over a month now! Still loving it - wishing you were all out here too.
Next stop Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara (beach towns) before heading to San Diego for a week!
Love from Sally and Sach (hope you are still enjoying the blog!) X
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Mumbly on

Hi you two -just seen the photos from San Fran and they are brilliant. Looks like you had a great time there - wish we were there too!! Can't wait to see the photos of San Diego etc. Keep up the good work and enjoy every minute. PS we would like to have seen a photo of Sally at the end of the cycle ride over the Golden Gate Bridge - now that would be a photo to see!!! ha ha

Anyway - keep enjoying - lots of luv mumbly xxxx

The Staz on

Wicked.....Matt will be jealous of this, hills and biking :) You two look like you're having a wicked time - wish we could be there!! I bet you're looking forward to sending home those big jackets and kicking back at the beach!
Can't wait for more piccies xxxx

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