Blogs from San Francisco, California, United States, North America - page 9


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

Day 4 Met Lachy down town and caught the Bart SF Muni Metro (thanks SFImporter from Trip Advisor for setting me straight on this one) to 16th and Mission, pretty easy with a commuter card. Got out up to street level to a veritable tent city of homeless people. Walked 5 mins or so to Guerrero Street to Tartines. I had read a lot about this bakery and enjoyed browsing their cook book. There was a line outside which moved relatively quickly. Seating in and outside was at a premium but we jagged a table to coincide with our orders being ready. The display cabinets are laden with the most exquisite pastry and baked goods- lemon tart, coconut cream tart, banana cream tart, bread and butter pudding, chocolate eclairs, croissants.... All looking divine. Oh, there's a ... read more

Day 3 Hard getting started today. My aim was to visit the Contemporary Jewish Museum. By public transport...... I should have walked. My bus shelter was inhabited by a crack user. Ok. Did catch the right bus, missed my stop to get off. Found another stop and retraced the route to the correct stop. Determined to master public transport. Going to get my bus pass value and then some- actually it's going to pay for itself over and over again at this rate of multiple journeys. Walked to the museum. It's located across the street from the Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts on 4 th and Mission (SOMA) and next to an architecturally stunning church. The YBCA have a comprehensive website and an exhibition on Migration running ATM. They weren't open Wednesdays though so didn't ... read more


Day 2 Out of bed early after a decent sleep, breakfast at the apartment and then I decide to do the waterfront area. The walk down town is really quick, it's only 10 minutes walking briskly. There's a chill in the overcast air. The streets are pretty busy, it looks a lot safer by day, I guess the number of regular citizens is much greater at this time so it dilutes the homeless numbers. I am surprised at the amount of trash lying around. It's all very grimy. Any way, head east towards Powell and then to Market. Buy a 7 day MUNI pass for $28 at Walgreens. From here I make my way down to the Embarcadero on foot where the Ferry Building is situated. We visited last year but I thought it was worth ... read more
Americas Cup Beanbag Lounge

Phew, big trip, great result. Currently sitting in my airbnb studio apartment, fed and watered and having met up with Lachy. It's such a long way from Perth to anywhere, this trip is no exception. I think it was around 27 hrs door to door with delays at Sydney and LAX. However, Qantas did a good job; good food, good entertainment system, managed to get a spare seat next to me so a tiny bit more comfortable. Take note- the two women who sat 2 rows behind me talked almost the entire way, I now know the ins and outs of their lives and their friends lives and their friends, friends lives..... And I know their names, so if I ever meet a *Deirdre and Nigel from LA I know that your marriage is "off". I ... read more
Qantas Club brownies at Sydney Airport are worth waiting for
Lachy and I from his rooftop
Hall way in apartment building

Back in 2009, I remembered when I had one day in San Francisco. I woke up earlier and rented a great car, Audi. I always love this car because they have a great machine, perfomance, and the stability. Because driving traveler should have a right car before they tarvel far and in order for their own safety, that's why I trused myself to Audi! One balmy morning, I got up with a craving for some wood fire brick oven baked bread. And the only place I know is the Wild Flour Bread Bakery near Sebastopol in Marin. I am sure there are other specialty bakeries closer to San Francisco. But then, what is the point of driving one mile to get a loaf of bread when I can drive 72 miles through scenic northern California Highway ... read more
The Golden Gate
The Road
Enjoying the View

We stayed in Big Sur on Saturday night and Stinson Beach on Sunday. Still riding route 1 should be done with it on Monday. Not real impressed with the weather on the coast ( chilly ) Nancy had all the heated gear on all day. Hit the beach , went to Big Sur, elephant seals, lighthouse,Golden Gate Bridge and other stuff that my brain won't remember. Ate lunch at Alice's Restaurant. Had oil changed at Bakersfield HD - came with a free full detail - great place. Logged 5200 miles to date.... read more

Really looking forward to spending 9 nights in SF (it's just me on this visit) with my youngest son. He has been there for 17 months and has recently been granted a working visa for 3 years. He now works at a cool company called Stripe We spent a few nights in SF in December last year and did a fair bit of sight seeing, so, this trip won'tbe taking in Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf, The Golden Gate Bridge, California Coastal Trail or Chinatown. This is the plan; 29/7 Perth to Sydney to LAX to SFO, only 26 hours! Staying at a studio apartment in Little Saigon, owned by an American Vietnamese girl called Hien who happens to be a French trained Patisserie chef The rough lis... read more
Need to stock up on these!
Only 5 days to go!

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