City of trams, hills and bridges

Trip Start Apr 15, 2013
Trip End May 29, 2013

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Flag of United States  , California
Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Sue Start

San Francisco is an eclectic, multi-cultural city with a large homeless population.  The streets abound with resourceful scammers who will acost you if you show any signs of being a tourist, particularily one that needs assistance!! Reminds me a bit of India. 
 There is high unemployment at one extreme and a vibrant classy culture on the other  
The city and suburbs have plentifil  restaurants of all nationalities.  This is seriously Sue and Laz territory.  No need for huge fat/sugar driven tourist food here. We have some amazing meals and like the bohemian feel of the city.
We are happy with our hotel which is in a central location surrounded by everything we need.  The hotel was built in 1910, has been upgraded but has that old world charm.
We travel extensively on the public transport system of trains, cable cars, trolley buses,light rail standard buses,  ferries and by foot. San. Fran. needs many options due to its geography and population.
It is a pretty city, very  hilly situated by the sea with the Golden Gate bridge on one entry and another bridge on the other. (name escapes me).  Alcatraz is visible from the shore. and we found the tour of that fascinating. I have always loved the stories of this infamous prison and its inmates and this cemented my interest.
San. Fran. is a windy city and fogs drift in most days.  It is not unusual to be unable to see the sea or in our case to walk the Golden Gate Bridge hardly able to identify the structure..  This feature we realize seems to occur from L.A to San Fran. even though it will be sunny.
There is the famous pier 39 area with its buskers and seals.  It is known for its crabs, the chowder of which we were less than impressed with.  However we did have an amazing lunch at a famous art deco restaurant frequented by people like Liz Taylor, Frank Sinatra  etc that was very cool and did have gorgeous crab.  The views were also amazing.
 We spent a fun night with Raelene and Brian, Renae's parents and dined in a lovely restaurant in the China Town area.  It was lovely to share an overseas experience with them, with  great views of the city  and we kicked on seeing a local blues band. We feel so lucky to have them in our family, to share in life's celebrations, support our kids and gloat on our little Grandson who brings us so much joy.

Larry Start,
As per normal, I managed to fit in a bike ride.  This is a great city to ride, with many bike rentals and the beautiful ride over the Golden Gate has two options for return by ferry. The wind on the bridge can be a bit scary around the pylons. First it is a very stong head wind that you struggle against, then it is forcefully behind you, with a sudden increase in speed threatening your control of the bike.   I did see one smaller child blown off his bike. I took the longer ride option and was impressed how well they organised the 60 or so bikes that were doing the return trip. So with great harbour views, I was able to relax with a beer, satisfied with one of the world's great ride.

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