Blogs from Union Square, San Francisco, California, United States, North America - page 3


Arrivals was easy having completed pre-check in Dublin. The long flight was noisy and cold but the taxi driver was enthusiastic and helpful, leaving us right to the door of the Palomar hotel after an introduction to this fantastic city. First stop was the Cheese Cake Factory for a quick dinner (one hour wait for a table) and fast track to bed. Day one kicked off with traditional American Diner breakfast followed by a walk through the Dragon Gate into Chinatown. We wandered over to Fisherman's Wharf to get our bearings for tomorrow. Pier 39 has the classic boardwalk sea food restaurants,ice cream stalls and gimmick shops. We watched the sea lions laze about and before joining the long queue for the San Francisco Cable Car. The wait was prolonged but made to feel like purgatory ... read more

Well well well. Five days in and we finally hit the wall. After going non-stop from early morning until late at night we decided that it was time to have a lazy day. Last night we returned home late again after having dinner at Captain Kidds Buffet. All you can eat for $10 per head plus tax. We were invited in to have a look at the buffet and after the kids saw the tacos, burgers and desserts the decision was made. And, it wasn't too bad either. Although what is it about all you can eat that suddenly turns people into pigs with plates piled high? I, Graham, was so embarrassed to carry my plate so grotesquely full I made Scarlett carry it and all was good! Most of you would know that the first ... read more
Our view of the game
Meeting Gru
Outside the Kwik e mart

Nach einem langen aber durchaus gutem Flug sind wir in SFO (San Francisco) angekommen. Die Kinder waren super und haben so gut es ging mitgemacht, vorallem auch bei der Einreise, noch bevor wir unsere Koffer in Empfang nehmen konnten (2h in einer sich nicht bewegender Schlange). Danach ging es aber flott weiter mit transfer zum Hotel und einchecken. Nun, 2 Nächte später und viel Schlaf (ein einen kurzen Tag in SFO), warten wir auf den Abholservice, um uns zum Camper-Vermieter zu bringen. In der Zwischenzeit (Samstag) sind wir nun auf unserem ersten RV Platz für die Nacht (nach einer schweisstreibenden Fahrt durch SFO). Die Fahrt war ziemlich abenteuerlich durch SFO und mit einem Zwischenhalt in einem riiiiiiiiesigen Supermarkt hatten wir uns mit dem Nötigsten eingedeckt. Um ehrlich zu sein, der Camping-Platz hier ist nicht berauschend, mehr ... read more

San Francisco, what a city! So while in San Francisco you have to get some fresh seafood, and luckily you can get that just about anywhere. When you are deciding to go here you have options, we live fairly close so on this trip we decided to drive and see some sites along the way. But while in the city we do recommend staying somewhere within the city so you can get around pretty easily. Having a place to stay will also help with parking as this is some what of an issue in San Francisco. We ended up getting a hotel just off fisherman's wharf and from there we were able to either hop on a bus or trolley to get every where we wanted to go. So before heading out to San Francisco you ... read more
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There has been so much to do - sights to see and otherwise no wifi - so I I sometimes don't have time to write the blog. For our last few days is Sedona we had wonderful sunny blue skies with early morning views of Balloon rides going over our resort ...Sedona really is a lovely town , and some great restaurants including The Cowboy Club where went twice and tried rattlesnake, fried cactus as well as buffalo meat loaf, buffalo pot roast and steak...and the pork ribs were to die for. ..they also did pretty good cocktails - I blame the girls for introducing me to Dark and Stormy!! We had booked up 2 tours before we set off for the Grand Canyon trip - so one day it was 2 hours in a Safari ... read more
Sedona Jeep tour (4)
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Contd..... Chapter 2. Two days driving about 700 miles to get to Yosemite and what a drive it was - we climbed up to the Tioga Pass and this was a high mountain road( 56 miles)looking down into deep valleys....but the road was wide, well maintained and not scarey to drive ( have been on worse roads in France!!)we were above the snow line and you could see why this road had only been opened 2 days earlier. We passed by meadows, rushing mountain rivers and streams, waterfalls - these mountains are massive white granite with smoothed tops - quite stunning...and beautiful rock. Hodgon Meadows campsite ( I had booked it ages ago - and you need to because otherwise you don't get a site) was on the Western side of the park so we had ... read more
Hogdon Meadows Camp (1)
Lumberjack Tracie

Bon, aujourd'hui, j'ai pris un 'conge' : c'est-a-dire que je suis restee relaxe en ville. Avec le planning de FOU que je m'etais fait depuis 6 mois, j'avais 'des choses a faire', c'est psychologique je sais, mais j'avais besoin de me desobeir a moi-meme. Bref, Fanny est partie de son cote car elle filait pour etre relaxe, mais sur le bord de la mer. J'ai commence mon matin comme tous les autres : dehors a respirer l'air frais de 7 a 8h. Ensuite, dejeune au resto David's ou j'ai le dejeuner inclut avec ma chambre d'hotel. On est LOINS des dejeuners d'hotel constitues de ti-muffins pre-emballes et de cafe dans un thermos, avec une banane trop mure (toute picotee). Ce matin, j'ai resiste a la tentation de prendre le meme plat (Mediterranean Breakfast) et j'ai pris ... read more
baseball Giants
Musée d'histoire

Aujourd'hui, je me suis levee tot et je suis allee au Trader Joe's pour me prendre un lunch car nous allons au Parc! J'ai reussi a ne pas manquer mon bus de 10h :) Nous sommes restees longtemps dans le parc, mais on ne l'a pas fait en entier car il est trop grand. Nous avons quand-meme marche jusqu'a environ 13h, au gros soleil tapant de 28 degres. Next : Haight & Ashbury. Sur cette rue principale du quartier des hippies, il y a des tonnes de boutiques de musique, livres et fripperies. J'ai trouve des t-shirts vraiment cool dont un aux couleurs fluo psychadeliques des annees 60. On a repris le bus de 15h, et arrivees a l'hotel, une douche etait de mise! On est ensuite allees dans un pub irlandais. Le menus etait typiquement ... read more
SF Sight Seeing

Premier jour complet a San Francisco... Etant donne qu il y a des tonnes de choses a faire dans cette magnifique ville, j ai finalement decide de faire tout (ou presque) : j ai opte pour une passe illimitee qu ils appelent hop-and-hop. Le concept est fantastique pour les touristes exaltes comme moi! (ou juste TRES motives) Et assez simple : le bus rouge sur 2 etages fait 4 ralays qui couvrent toute la ville et les principales attractions. Donc, de 9h am a 18h, je peux embarquer et debarquer ou je veux, et repprendre le prochain bus pour continuer mon circuit personalise! Genial!!!! Donc, aujourd hui, je suis allee voir le Civic Center, le Golden Gate Park, Haight, puis l autre circuit m a faire voir le Ferry Building et La Petite Italie, et Chinatown. ... read more
Sight Seeing
Union Square

Le depart de Quebec s est bien deroule! Aucune attente a l aeroprt! L avion a eu 1h de retard au depart de Chicago, donc je suis arrive tard a l hotel (vers 18h). Mais j ai tout de meme pu me promener un peu autour de mon hotel. Je n ai pas pris de photo, surtout parce que j avais les bras pleins de baggages! Demain, je ferai une longue journee, et les photos seront nombreuses!... read more

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