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North America » United States » California » San Francisco August 31st 2013

Do you ever wake up and can't remember what day it is.. happens to me loads... at the moment I have no idea what time it is let alone what day it is we have moved over so many time zones Up at five thirty this morning as I woke up in the night and remembered I had packed my flight socks on the bottom of my case and it was all locked and ready to go and I would have to get in there and fish them out to wear on board or my legs would probably explode. I don't like flight socks I feel like a granny and they crease around my ankles and make my legs look like overstuffed sausages but it's that or the risk of DVT so it's a no brainer. ... read more
IMG_0472 DEUTSCHE VERSION Eine kleine Geschichte zu Beginn: Es war einmal eine Stadt an der Westküste des Landes, dessen Entdeckung ein gewisser Christopher Columbus sein Eigen nannte. Diese Stadt war durchaus sehr begehrt bei Menschen fremden Ursprungs, besonders bei jenen, die dem Reich der Mitte entsprangen. So heuerten diese in der Heimat bei grossen Nautikern an und baten darum, für Hilfe beim Entladen des Schiffes in der fernen Stadt auf dem Schiff mit in das neue Land reisen zu dürfen. Die Besitzer der Schiffe erachteten dies als ein lukratives Geschäft, denn allein wollten sie die zu bedrohlich hohen Türmen gestapelten Kisten nicht im Hafen der Ferne entladen. So kam es, dass es viele, so nennen wir sie heute, Chinesen nach Amerika k... read more
So sieht die Golden Gate Bridge normalerweise aus.
Viktorianische Häuser am Alamo Square
Das war mir einfach ein Motiv! :)

North America » United States » California » San Francisco » Alcatraz August 17th 2013

From San Francisco you can make an assortment of fascinating day trips to Bay area, vineyards of the region, you name it. Consult for instance Lonely Planet guides for succesful day trips. San Francisco itself offers visitors many opportunities to day trip on illegal substances. With these tips, you’ll do neither but get drunk and angry. Immediate regret guaranteed. Alcatraz Arrive to the ticket stand near Pier 39. Mistakenly look at the time tables at the ticket stand, and fall into a false sense of secur... read more

Day 9 Alas... Last full day. Breakfasted at farm:table. I like it there, simple, healthy food and good coffee at a communal table. From here walked to California St and took the cable car down to the Embarcadero then the F street car along to Pier 39 to buy a ticket across to Tiburon. The F street car was absolutely packed but it seemed that everyone was in a good mood. The driver was hilarious, making some jokes and interacting with the passengers. Pretty clever guy, he spoke about 5 languages and had lived in Holland for several years. Got off at Pier 39 and bought my ticket for the 1205 ferry, $22 return ticket. The trip across the bay was fantastic; sunny, really windy and very smooth. The Louis Vuitton Cup heats were running ... read more
Windy Crossing
En Route to Tiburon
NZ Boat

Day 8 If you are from North America this entry will be utterly boring (probably boring anyway, even if you're not from the USA). If you are from anywhere in the world that clothes and shoes and sunglasses and handbags, etc are expensive this may be of interest. Today I went outlet shopping. Specifically to the Livermore Premium Outlet with shops like Nike, Coach, GAP, J Crewe (my favourite), Kate Spade, Bass, etc, etc. Given my lack of car and not wanting to take public transport (it would take about 2hrs to get there, then 2 hrs back) I found a tour- well a guy driving a mini bus. It was a bit expensive at $75 pp but it worked for me. The company I used was called Outlet Hop, the owner, David, was helpful ... read more
Some of the wares
La Folie
Amuse Bouche


A travel day to get to the airport to begin another travel day. After finishing the wonderful and fulfilling task of packing my bags (TONS of extra shirts as we are heading into Humidity Central), I locked up the house and headed over to pick up Ronn and away we sped towards Fremont. I use the term "sped" loosely because what we really did was sit in traffic on the freeway. (I understand traffic slows when the freeway goes from four lanes to three, but why doesn't it speed up when it goes from three lanes to four? I bet the government has earmarked millions in grant monies for someone to figure this out.) We finally made it to the Fremont BART Station, caught the train, dodged the weird guy scoping our luggage, transferred trains twice ... read more
inside bart train
BART SFO Station

Hello everyone, today's entry details our first day in San Francisco and the trip the Alcatraz Island. We rose early once again as we had been advised to book onto the first boat of the day at 8:45 so that the island wouldn't be too crowded whilst we were there. This was good advice as it did indeed become very crowded as we were leaving at 11. The boat trip out across the bay was great as it gave us a chance to look back at the city skyline although the weather here could rival England. It is much colder then we have experienced so far this holiday, struggling to reach above 20 degrees so those of us who had the foresight to pack a jumper have been fine whilst others have quickly bought one. When ... read more

Day 7 Early start to the day, pick up at 715. Lachy arrives via cab at the same time as Jason from Tom's Tours to explore Muir Woods. http:// This trip was really great. Communication with Tom before hand was easy and pickup prompt. There were only 2 others on our trip so it was quite personable. We drove over the GGB and got a good dose of fog and a winding drive to the car park. Lots of eucalyptus trees on the way and some beautiful views. Parked in a near empty car park and spent the next couple of hours on the boardwalk and then up a decent hill onto another track. There are 6 miles of tracks available to walk in the park, there are maps and various resources available if you want ... read more
Barred Owl
Me and Lachy

Gourmet chocolate tour scheduled for today. First a trip to the post office ???!! Yes, mundane as it is, I had ordered some perfume on eBay in a bid to save $30 on postage. So the post office had to be visited to pick it up, waited in queue for 30 mins to be told it wouldn't be available till Monday.... The upside though is the guy I stood next to in the line recommended a good coffee shop. Called Contraband Coffee, located on Larkin, it was a winner. Sort of like one I frequent at home, coffee was 10/10!!! Wifi on offer and killer banana choc chip bread. Staff not overly friendly, lots of laptop and iphone users on the free wifi but it worked for me - found a coffee spot. My walk to ... read more
Ferry building
Eco chocolate shop
Swiss chocolatier

Day Five Begins latish, can't believe this not being up at the crack of dawn run, I think it's because the apartment is so dark. Anyway, go over to Mint Plaza to meet Lachy for a coffee. He's got a work thing on tonight so we're having a morning catch up. We have coffee at Blue Bottle, it's pretty busy, one of those hip and happening spots. Coffee's ok (7/10). It does have a good feel to it. Say goodbye and head off to the bus stop that is hopefully going to deliver me to where I am planning to be. Going to dedicate this day to Al, a native of Boston, resident of SF who I got chatting to on the number 5 bus to visit the De Young. This guy was such a great ... read more
Outside botanical garden in Golden Gate Park
Stained glass at the DeYoung
De Young exhibit

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