We have just arrived home at 10:30pm after an extended day of sightseeing in the San Francisco and Sausalito region.
After breakfast at the guest house, and meeting our other residents Gordon and Claudia we caught the "munis" to Fishermans Wharf at San Francisco. After getting off at the wrong stop, about three stops early today as yesterday we were about three stops late, we ended up at Hyde Street Pier. Hyde Street Pier is still a working pier with a number of boat builders/repairers there as well as a number of older boats that are now tourist attractions.
After a look around Hyde Street Pier we headed off to Sausalito by bay ferry. The ferry ride over was very comfortable and despite a history of sea sickness I felt fine. We enjoyed clam chowder for lunch at a restaurant called Socoma's right on the bay at Sausalito. The food was as always exceptionally good, the service was ok but we have had better (and worse).
After a brief walk around Sausalito we caught the ferry back to Fishermans Wharf. Again the ride back was very smooth and I had no sea sickness at all, not even in
the slightest. When we arrived back at Fishermans Wharf Vicki has been having problems with blistering on her right heel so we went off and found her a new pair of shoes to help her walk in as there is plenty of walking in San Francisco.
Once the shoe shopping was completed we decided we needed a drink so we went to Mangos, a Mexican restaurant and bar. We sat at the bar, Vicki enjoyed a couple of Margaritas while I was led on a beer sampling by our trusted bar tender a polite young lady, Jen, with a bubbly spirit who could really mix a drink. After a while we were joined at the bar by a lady, who we found out to be Sarah. Sarah is a solicitor from Missouri who is in San Francisco on a conference. Vicki and I spoke to her for a couple of hours over a few beers. We spoke about everything and anything, Sarah and Vicki exchanged emails addresses and I have no doubt they will stay in touch.
We bid Sarah a fond farewell as we were booked on the 6:10pm Alcatraz Tour and wanted to get a bite
to eat for early dinner before boarding. We ended up having a couple of wraps at the pier where the Alcatraz tour left from. Alcatraz is just amazing, not really Vicki's cup of tea but I really enjoyed it. The audio tour is narrated by former gaurds and inmates and really gives you a great insight as to the lives of both the prisoners as well as the gaurds and their familes that called Alcatraz home. I didn't realize till the tour tonight that Alcatraz was initially setup as a military defence fort and then a military prison before becoming a federal prison.
After we got back from the Alcatraz tour we were both a bit hungry and the first thing we came across was a Hard Rock Cafe. What a mistake, the service was just non-existent and the ice cream may as well have been McDonalds soft serve. We then left the Hard Rock ruing the $0.91 tip we left but couldn't have been bothered waiting for the change. We queued for a little bit waiting for a cab but got another pretty cool taxi driver, a Chines guy who spoke pretty funny "Engrish" and laughed a lot
after he spoke. A pretty quick cab ride back to the guest house and a pretty funny one to boot.
Tomorrow is our last full day in San Francisco. We have booked the Winemakers lunch on the Napa Valley Wine Train so we are both very excited by this, so please stay tuned for further updates.
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