Blogs from San Francisco, California, United States, North America - page 10


Finally all set. Luggage all packed and in 2 hours leaving for the airport. Seth, the Paragon 28 rep, is going to drop off some supplies and then drive me to the airport. I am meeting up with Dr. Scott Hoffinger, a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon also from Stanford, at the airport and we are flying Emirates from SFO to Dubai to Kuwait where we will await a shuttle to Basrah. That’s what they tell me, anyway. Packing was interesting. I have a lot of long sleeved shirts, long skirts and pants. I have two scarves – unclear if I will need to cover my head or not. I brought my white coat as I feel this will be the most recognizable at the hospital, as I assume most people will wonder what the white, redheaded woman ... read more

Wayne, Kellie, Lucy, Nic, Jesse and Tasha grabbed the quick Travelodge breakfast and we dropped them at Pier 33 to catch the ferry to Alcatraz. Mum and I shared crepes at Pier 39 and went on a driving adventure. So much impressive architecture in the streets of San Francisco. Mum tried her first Churos from a street cart looking back at San Francisco from Treasure Island. As the rest of the crew arrived at Alcatraz they heard from an ex prisoner. They wandered around the island doing the audio tour. We all met back up again for a lunch of clam chowder in sour dough loaves or fish and chips on the dock. We went our separate ways again for some to take a cable car from the docks to Union Square. Then it was time ... read more

I've been interested in visiting Iran for nearly a decade, ever since I interned at Global Exchange, which runs tours to various exciting locales including Iran. Since then I've spoken to many Iranians and to Americans who have traveled there, who always give it rave reviews for its beautiful architecture, fascinating bazaars and wonderfully friendly people. With thousands of years of history, twenty-one world heritage sights and a complex and fascinating culture, there really isn't any reason not to go. Issues have arisen for nontraditional travelers, journalists and Iranian-Americans attempting to visit Iran. Those situations, though unfortunate, do not reflect the experiences of the vast majority of Iran’s five million international visitors each year. There are additional screening and tour requirements for American, British and Canadian visitors but they are still welcomed (unt... read more

It was sixty-five and sunny the day my family and I took a boat from San Francisco bay to Alcatraz. It only took about ten minutes to reach the minute island. The first thing that caught my eye when I got off the boat was a small souvenir shop. It seemed so out of place on this once highly guarded location. We listened to the tour guide give a brief history lesson on the establishment of the prison. I would be lying if I said I listened to what he was saying. I was more interested in the huge body of water that was surrounding me. There were sailboats spanning all across the bay and massive sea gulls diving into the ocean. After receiving a pamphlet containing all of the information that the guide just covered, ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Francisco February 18th 2017

Geo: 37.7792, -122.42Once we docked at the Auckland pier, we had to wait for clearance from the authority to disembark. It was fun sitting out on the balcony and watching us slowly move into the Auckland Harbor. I could see sailboats to the side.There were 2 other ships that arrived just a head of us - probably our late arrival because of the 2 other luxury cruise lines. We were texting Dad at the same time as we were pulling it. I believe it was 2pm in the afternoon on Friday, and it was 9am on Saturday morning in Auckland.As we filed out of the ship, collected our luggage and started to walk the line for the Taxi ride, a gentleman for the city of Auckland suggested that we take the SkyBus - Bus system with ... read more
Glenn sitting on porch/balcony
Light house

North America » United States » California » San Francisco February 10th 2017

San Francisco has been experiencing a lot of rain the past month and today was no exception. We woke up to a steady rain and say that the weather would be rainy and a little windy all day. We woke up kind of early and headed to Denny's for breakfast and then back to the room to get some last minute work done before we leave the country. We decided to walk to Pier 39 and have lunch somewhere there. Since it is raining and San Francisco's winter season, most of the tourist destinations have been really empty and today was no exception at the Pier. There were not many people walking around and it was really nice. We walked to the end of the pier and watched the sea lions for a bit and then ... read more
The Sea Lions at the Pier
Drury and the Golden Gate (if you look very closely you can see the bridge behind him)
Our Sizzling Seafood Platter

North America » United States » California » San Francisco February 8th 2017

Drury and I woke up early today for our flight to San Francisco. We found out a resident in our building has started his own car service company so we had one of his drivers pick us up at the building and take us to the airport. We arrived at the airport in plenty of time for our flight and as soon as we sat down at our gate, we both got a notification that our flight was delayed an hour because of traffic in San Francisco. Apparently with the bad weather there they only had two runways working so we had to wait for our flight to get a landing time. We boarded the plane and Drury and I both had Seat 1A and 2A which was very nice as they are window and aisle ... read more
My Seat on the Plane
Drury's comfy in his seat
Flying over the Rockies

North America » United States » California » San Francisco February 5th 2017

Geo: 37.7792, -122.42In 1953, my mom took a teaching job in Hawaii, before it was even a state. On her way to Hawaii, she stayed in San Francisco and recalls having a drink at the "Top of the Mark". The Top of the Mark is a penthouse restaurant at the top of the Mark Hopkins Hotel. Located at the highest point of downtown San Francisco, on fog-free days, it has spectacular views of the financial district, Chinatown, North Beach, San Francisco Bay, and especially of Grace Cathedral and Huntington Park. It is has been a popular local destination since its opening in 1939, and has hosted World War II servicemen, along with numerous celebrities and dignitaries, including Doris McCalla. Well, 64 years later, we went by to check it out.(Epilogue: my dad called my mom while ... read more
Mark Hopkins Hotel
From Top of the Mark
From Top of the Mark

North America » United States » California » San Francisco February 4th 2017

Geo: 37.7792, -122.42We left Richmond at 7:20 am (Eastern) flew through Houston (yep, the day before the SuperBowl), and landed in San Francisco around 2:00 pm (Pacific). We checked into the hotel and headed to Pier 39; a few blocks from our hotel. Meeting Sean's former roommate, Chase and his fiancée, Ashley, for dinner tonight.(The Houston airport was not crazy. We had no problems meeting our connecting flight, and crowds did not seem read more
Seals in the harbour
Marina by Pier 39

North America » United States » California » San Francisco » Pacifica January 30th 2017

San Francisco, USA 25th January Sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco Bay has got to be on everybody's bucket list. We passed under the bridge at midday on a warmish, sunlit Californian day, and docked at a new Pier (27) which was a few hundred yards further out than we had been before. With the iconic Alcatraz island on our port side and the steep streets of the city on the other, it made for a special trip to the berth. San Francisco sits on a hilly peninsula bordered by the Pacific Ocean and the Bay,with the waters meeting at the Golden Strait beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. These swirling waters in and around Alcatraz Island shows why there were no recognised escapes from the prison. From our previous walkabout here, long trousers ... read more

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