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

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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
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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
starters


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
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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

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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
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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 https://stripe.com/. 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 https://www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/1039280 The rough lis... read more
Need to stock up on these!
Only 5 days to go!


I visited Muir Woods yesterday, about 45 minutes north of San Francisco - a large protected plantation of Coastal Red Woods - one of the most magnificent sites to behold- some very special photos included with the blog- We also traveled around San Francisco on a double Decker red bus and saw the sites in the town - very interesting history and very steep roads- traveled on a cable car- and of course seen the golden gate bridge- it is surprisingly cold in San Francisco. Today was almost as good - we went to Golden Gate park which included a Japanese gardens, Botanical gardens and the California Academy of Science- all very interesting and worthwhile places to visit. This evening for tea I had Fried Calamari for starters, Chicken pot pie for mains, washed down by ... read more
Bay heart
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Bay heart


Charlie's Day I took off for San Francisco about 8 AM in order to miss (?) the morning traffic into the big city. It really was not too bad until about 15 miles out. As I approached the Golden Gate Bridge fog was observed in large amounts. Stopped at the observation point and could not see San Francisco. Well, I had come this far so decided to press onward to Fisherman's Wharf. Parking is a premium, however there is space in the public parking for motorcycles that is free. Four wheeled vehicles get hit with a $3 for 20 min or $30 for all day. There is a National Park area that includes a walk thru tour of several vintage sailing ships and a maritime museum. While there is a charge, it is free to those ... read more
Landmark
Tall Ship
Coal bucket


Today is a special day for someone very dear. This lady grew up in San Francisco, in the Mission to be exact. But she has never been to the famous City Lights Bookstore. Today is the day! We also had dim sum at City View in Chinatown, and topped it off with some Blue Bottle Coffee at the Ferry Building. This is from a previous email written a few years ago. I probably stepped into City Lights back in the 60's for the first time thanks to a high school classmate, Bob O., who is no longer with us. He had the insight, foresight, or craziness to have all of us enter this hallowed ground at a tender age of 13 or 14. We really thought we were on a bold adventure, much like today. Maybe ... read more
City Lights bookshelves
City Lights tribute to Mr. Kerouac
City Lights creed




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