Day 31 - San Francisco - California

Trip Start Oct 13, 2012
Trip End Nov 19, 2012

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Today Mum had her first go at driving, which was a bit nerve wracking as she had a wee bit of trouble assessing the width of the car, being on the wrong side and all, and kept going outside her lane, but only on the side I was sitting on. Gee thanks mum.

But we made it to San Francisco today in one piece, so time to be grateful for small mercies :)

San Francisco is great. First off we met up with one of the lovely ladies from my Elvis and the South tour, a San Fran native, who took us out for yum cha and over lunch presented a map she'd drawn up for us highlighted with all the attractions (thanks again J, you are so very sweet). This was fantastic as we could just dump our stuff at the hotel and go without having to work out what to see and where to go, what a great lady she is.

So that's what we did. After lunch we dumped our stuff at the hotel and headed out to see the sights.

San Francisco, whilst very hilly in parts, is very easy to get around, so with the help of J's map we found the Fisherman's wharf (mum is a huge fan as there's loads of camera shops and pushy salesmen trying to undercut each other - she spent up big there, and now she wants to go back as she's realised she forgot to look at the wharf and only looked at camera equipment).

You can Alcatraz from the wharf, and that's about as close as I need to get to it, don't care about the tourist "must see" for that one, it's not "must see" for me.

You can also see the Golden Gate bridge, but from a distance. I think that one is a must see so we'll get closer to that in the coming days.

After the wharf area we headed down to look at all the hanging latterns lit up in Chinatown, and then on to the Italian district for a delicious dinner.

Again I have to say it's really easy to get around here and really very pleasant to walk around all the streets. I expected the city to feel very big, but the population is only just over 800,000, and it feels just right for that number of people. I very much like it, I'm even enjoying waking up the big hills (mum not so much so) :)
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