Spring Break 2007 – Day 5 “If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair”

One of my favourite cities in the world is San Francisco so I was really excited we had plans to spend a day there. I had kind of wanted to stay in a hotel in the city (this was before we found the resort) in order to spend more time there but wow, the hotels there are PRICEY not to mention the parking charges which border on the insane.

We would have been looking at over six hundred dollars a night which was double the cost of our lovely condo and it would have been just two rooms without the other bells and whistles so it was a good choice to just drive there instead.

Best laid plans and all that, we slept in that morning. Well all of us but Sean that is. By the time we got on the road it was going to be too late to catch a ferry over to Alcatraz which kind of sucked because I loved going there all those years ago. I know Sean was particularly disappointed but hey, like we pointed out, this was a fantastic trip otherwise right? So we had to settle for the taking of and posing for pictures in front of..
Pier 39 San Francisco Alcatraz
Pier 39 San Francisco

We managed to find a parking garage across from Pier 39 and walked the boardwalk checking out all the touristy stores, eating a hot pretzel and of course checking out the Sea Lions on the pier.
Pier 39 San Francisco

The last time I was there they were all over the docks, now they have these floats off the pier where they can laze and fight and make all those “ork ork” noises to their hearts content. They almost seem to be showing off for the throngs of people taking their photos.
Pier 39 San Francisco

Seriously, we couldn’t have asked for a better day weather-wise, it was warm despite the breeze. Not exactly shorts weather or anything (even though we did see a number of people wearing them!)

While cruising around we tried to figure out a place to have lunch. With all the different seafood places around (some which are REALLY gouge-y price-wise we settled on “The Bubba Gump Shrimp Co” which is a kitchy kind of place of course following the theme of Forrest Gump. Decent enough food though and really not that pricey. I ordered an iced lemon-aid and ended up with a souvenir glass to take home.

Pier 39 San Francisco Bubba Gump Shrimp Co
Pier 39 San Francisco Bubba Gump Shrimp

After we had our fill both food-wise and crowd-wise we headed back to the car to drive around the city a bit.

San Francisco Coit Tower

I really wanted to go to Haight-Ashbury and take a picture of the street sign (as well as check out some of the shops in the area) but by that time of the day there was no parking to be had despite cruising repeatedly around the area. I really didn’t want to hop out and have Tom drive around it just wasn’t worth it so we passed. :( My little inner hippy was so sad.

Driving through the city it seemed changed to me somehow. I remember it being a lot more laid back, sort of like Vancouver but it seemed to be more fast paced and more Metro now kind of like Toronto is to me. Not sure I like that but it’s still a gorgeous city. I love love love the townhouses there. So many of them have such unique character I had my nose pressed to the window oohing and ahhing over the architecture for the most part, occasionally laughing outright from some of the over the top stuff people have done to the facades.

We wanted to get some shots of the Golden Gate so as we were already out past it but we managed to find a lookout at a place called China Beach which gave us some nice views of the bridge.

Above Photo Courtesy of Tom

Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco

Taking pictures from China Beach of Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco

No trip to San Francisco is complete (in my opinion anyway) without taking a cruise down Lombard Street….

Heading back we finally got to see a cable car in action. Seems they’ve really scaled them down since I was last in San Fran (back in 1989) but they are still cool to see. People were taking pictures of us taking pictures of them…

San Francisco Cable car
That night we got back late and decided to try out the pizza place across from Seascape which turned out to be REALLY YUMMY!! Highly highly recommended mmmmm.

We sipped some more wine and took some night shots of the moon that came out on this very clear night before calling it a night and crawling into bed to once again be lulled to sleep by those lovely lovely waves.


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