Parking and Hills

Trip Start Oct 09, 2006
Trip End Sep 2007

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Flag of United States  , California
Wednesday, November 29, 2006

We arrived in San Francisco after driving both ways over the golden gate bridge, Ive never done so many U turns in my life.
There are great views of the city from the other side of the bridge, and great views of the bridge from the parks that rise almost vertically from the hilly streets around the Haight Ashbury part of town.
We stayed at a hostel called the Green Tortoise, got a free Mexican meal cooked for us on the day we arrived which was very nice, the free meal on Friday of shepherds pie and mash was terrible.
Parking near the hostel was impossible, we spent two hours driving up and down surrounding streets, but you have to display a residents permit or pay untold money into parking meters. We were at the point of giving up when we found a space and dumped the car in it. Turned out we were miles away from the hostel and had to get a 20 minute tram ride back.
Te trams are old style and from different places, apparently the tram shelters have special tape which gives off a cookie smell so that people go and buy milk, I dont know what all thats about. 
With the car out the way we started to enjoy ourselves more, its good to walk around the hilly streets and stop in the parks and look around.  We saw the really curvy street, or curly as Sue would say, and got a ferry across to Alcatraz.
We saw the cell where Clint Eastwood escaped from, and one of Al Capone's cells and the birdmans cell, loads of cells really. No tunnels underneath like in 'The Rock', and apparently the Birdman was a serious nutjob as our Movie vs reality guide told us.
With Vegas coming up in the next few days, we took it easy and got early nights in San Francisco. it was necessary to stick a safety pin and coat hanger into the back of the TV to get it to show any channels, we have been getting into South Park and had  to catch up with what Cartmen was up to. 
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