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North America » United States » California » San Francisco » North Beach December 17th 2008

San Francisco, 16-11-2002. The Fisherman's Warf seems to be the main tourist hang-out in SanFrancisco with lazy seals asleep on the piers ignoring the excited tourist busyly making photos of them. many streetsellers here which could be interesting if I ever wanna return, I presume I could sell my Indian Games here making enough money to survive and even getting some if not all of my plane ticket back in the process. The Castro seems to be the main gay area with little restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries and charming little shops. The Mission is mostly inhabited by mexicans and is my favourite by far in San Francisco. Market Street where my hostel is located, has more homeless people - most of them blacks - per square meter than any other street in any other city ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Francisco » North Beach December 15th 2008

San Francisco, 14-11-2002. My free camping place last night was under a massive cycamore tree whose branches were hanging all the way to the ground. I could have even survived a hurricane under that enormous wonder of creation. It's not far anymore to San Francisco but despite the city's close proximity I cycle through a remarkably desolate country, an undeveloped coastal stretch of rocks and the occasional beach. Beaches with a wild and unpredictable surf rolling in. Some of these beaches are inhabited by seal while other are the property of sun tanned surfers, mostly young people who muscular bodies show off a healthy life style. Blond girls that could have walked right out of Baywatch discussing among themselves the surfing prowess of their boy-friends who are out at sea riding the waves. Every so often ... read more
Dolfins and surfers...

so friends. It's been a week since I started this journey. At first I expected to fill entries day by day, but never having been overseas before I really underestimated just how busy, hectic and tiring days are. The long flight was an experience I was'nt quite prepared for. The 15.5 hour flight lost its appeal after about the first hour. In flight movies lost their appeal after the second movie. Plane food lost its appeal immediately. And they forgot my vegetarian meal, which I said I would wait for, which ended up being 2 hours later, whilst everyone was attempting sleep. I walked and moved constantly but my feet got so swollen i could'nt wear my shoes. My head halfway through the flight felt like it was going to explode and this glorious sensation didnt ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Francisco » North Beach November 24th 2008

Right……so a bit of catching up to do. Day 2. Saturday, after sitting up writing this drivel on Friday night, I slept like a baby till midday, so I decided that it was too late for the bike ride. The alternative I came up with was pretty good. I walked the 8 k or so to the coast - walking west all the way to the open ocean. Of course I saw some interesting things along the way. A really old Grandma on a micro-scooter was very cool - bless!. And the Thanksgiving 1-upmanship was pretty funny. Some houses had a pumpkin in the window, or on the porch. As I moved west, the suburbs got more upmarket and 1 pumpkin was no longer enough. Attached is a pic of a ‘2-pumpkin’ porch, and then I ... read more
posh pumpkins
bridge and shadow

North America » United States » California » San Francisco » North Beach September 26th 2008

Georgia was in her element because she saw plenty of squirrels, chipmunks and deer, we didn't see any bears which would have been nice at a distance. After two nights at Yosemite we drove to Monterey, it was beautiful next to the see, we saw sea lions on all of the rocks around the jetty and a sea otter swimming around fishermans wharf when we were waiting for dinner, we ate at Bubba Gumps ( the big dude from the Forrest Gump movie who started his own shrimping business!) and we received our first parking ticket. I will pay this after I get off from here. The next day we drove to San Francisco, wow these streets are certainly straight up and down, we returned the car to the rental people, with no dents no scratches ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Francisco » North Beach September 5th 2008

A Busy Day... Another beautiful day in San Francisco! Our morning started with a lengthy stroll along the wharf with a haunting view of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate bridge in the distance. After we checked out of the Hostel, we perused some local art galleries and even became part of the art scene when an "artist" sketched us! (Ok, it was more like a bad caricature, but fun none the less.) Hopping aboard the faithful transit system, we ended up back at the Golden Gate park, this time hair decked with flowers! There, we visited the flower conservatory and met more interesting floks (one of which tried rapping to us about being " A fly mamasita with flowers in her hair." Yeah. Hope he doesn't quit his day job... We rode all over San Fran ... read more
Our View From The Glass Elevator
Drummer Man

Today we went to Muir woods, one of the last places where the giant redwoods can be seen. They were wonderful and the place was peaceful and the trees majestic. The highest is over 250ft tall. You can see scars where the trees survived a fire over 100 years ago. Then on to Sausalito. A very expensive yachting port where the houses are over 2 million dollars and upwards. We then went on a harbour cruise. As we approached the golden gate bridge, the fog cleared and we had wonderful views of the bridge and back towards Alctraz.... read more
Redwood burn mark
Golden Gate

Great, a day when we did not have to get up very early to get on a coach. The hotel does not do proper breakfast, so started wlking down to the business district. Found a great diner and had breakfast there. Walked on exploring the city. There are more homeless here than 3 years ago and your heart goes out to them. Finally reached pier 1 by the Pacific ocean and walked towards pier 39. Found the bakery again, and had fabulous clam chowder whilst looking out over the sea towards Alcatraz and sipping perfectly chilled sparkling wine. Then a long walk up hill along Lombard (the famous zigzag street used in films). Then back to the hotel. 5.30 and the hotel wine tasting, then off to China town for an evening meal. A walk then ... read more
Alcatraz from pier 39
Lombard Street
View from top of Lombard Street

What a day it has been. An early start 8am from our hotel then on to Sacramento. A brief stop for a tour photo outside the governors house (arnie was not there) before continuing on to old Sacremento. As it was over 100 years ago. Whatched a bridge rise to let a paddle steamer past. Then it was on to San Francisco. A city tour wherethe fog ust lifted enough for us to finally see the Golden Gate bridge, Then the fog rolled back in. From our hotel we can hear the lonely sound of the fog horn across the bay to the Pacific beyond Was 88% this morning, 60 %F here now. ... read more
Sacramento river
Sacremento old town
San Francisco view

Waking-up in San Francisco you could feel the difference, how to describe it?. I searched for a single word, I found effervescent.. - Adjective 1. effervescing; bubbling. 2. vivacious; gay*; lively; sparkling. No, San Francisco Bay is not filled with soda water. It's more that there's a tingle in the air from the omnipresent mist that rolls in. It mixes with the culture of this place. LA is sterile, San Francisco (SF) is alive. We got off the plane late at night after a short flight up the coast with Alaskan Air. The tatty sensation of LAX was smartly replaced by the warm, hospitality of the crew aboard. As we flew into SF we caught a glimpse of some of the incredibly long bridges that go over the bay. The airport was stylish and modern but ... read more
Cablecar hill

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