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North America » United States » California » San Francisco January 11th 2020

Pre warning- this first blog is for the 10th of January, which lasted 43 hours for us, so it’s a little long. Honestly, I kept looking at the date and going, “really? It’s STILL the 10th of January?”. So, you’ve been warned. We left Brisbane at 11am and the 13 hour flight to LAX was actually not too bad. We thought we’d made it through the entire journey without any issues until 2 hours before landing the little girl in front of us threw up her strawberry yoghurt- you can imagine the smell. But other than that it was a pretty good flight, as far as long haul goes. Arrived safely in LAX at 7am (still the 10th of January, we went back 4 hours in time), and then went through border security which was terrifying ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Francisco January 1st 2020

We have arrived in San Fransisco! Having spent a beautiful family Christmas in Marin and saying goodbye to the forests, we moved into the Inner Sunset district just in time for New Years Eve. It is winter but sunny. The house is beautiful: cosy and open with a lovely patio overlooking a sweet little garden. we live right near the Golden Gate park with 1,017 acres (412 ha) of public grounds: bicycle paths, walking paths, forest paths, sports fields, bison grounds, music concourse (outdoor concerts) Art museum, science museum as well as duck ponds, botanical garden and Japanese garden. Already we have visited the last two gardens on the 1st and 2nd January 2020. A very nice introduction to the area. Lots to explore. Looking forward to an interesting and exciting year ahead.... read more
Driving to new home
New home outside
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North America » United States » California » San Francisco December 17th 2019

Things taken out by Eloise on the bike today - pole = 1, barrier = 1, mother and child (almost) = 1. The 1906 earthquake had nothing on this kid, except that she gave a little warning, in the form of a high-pitched squeal, audible only to dogs, before she connected with her target. Other than the path of destruction, and the mid-Golden Gate meltdown, a lovely day was had by all, as we cycled from Fisherman’s Wharf to Sausalito. Despite warnings that we would freeze in the middle of the bridge with the wind and our relatively light clothing, we were actually shedding layers after the huffing and puffing (and crashing) on the approaches and the hairiness of the descent (given lack of directional control, someone’s mother may have strongly suggested she walk the steep ... read more
Very brief mid-bridge photo opportunity

North America » United States » California » San Francisco December 16th 2019

Another glorious sunny day here...which we made the most of by sleeping in...almost over the dreaded jet lag. Today’s mission was just a wander around some of the tourist hot-spots - Fisherman’s wharf, Lombard St and Ghirardelli Square. A walk to the street car took us through the beautiful streets of the neighbourhood we’re staying, enjoying some of the lovely houses. First box to tick was the Pier 39 sea lions, which were out in force. Lucky we also had our resident marine biologist in attendance who was able to bombard us with facts about them and their predators. Taught the scientist in the education centre a few things. Luckily she had enough words left over to whinge her way all the way to the ‘world’s steepest street’, but was temporarily silenced by some ice cream ... read more
Some of the neighbourhood houses
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North America » United States » California » San Francisco » Alcatraz December 15th 2019

After lying awake for four hours in the wee hours battling jet lag (and booking a Santa visit at Macy’s at 3am local time), I was genuinely hoping that San Fran would live up to its reputation of not having bad coffee. Not so. I have now had what I am aiming for as the worst coffee of the trip. Let’s hope the aforementioned objective of not visiting Starbucks doesn’t destroy that very low-set bar. But there was an upside - truly the greatest almond brittle I’ve ever tasted, with chocolate and sea salt...lucky they suckered us in to buying a big container to take home. Since Sydney got another light rail line today (no transport nerdiness here), we thought we’d branch out from our success with the buses and try the street cars (not to ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Francisco December 14th 2019

It’s always lovely, when you’re entering a country, particularly after 13 or so hours sitting on a plane, if you’re given the chance to really savour the experience. We were doubly lucky this time - not only did we get an additional hour to sit on the plane waiting for a gate, but once we were graced with one, we got to stand in the immigration queue for another hour, watching the ‘Welcome to the USA’ sign flash repeatedly before our eyes. We felt welcome. After that, the trip to our accommodation seemed to fly by. The Airbnb apartment is lovely...and we are looking forward to the fog lifting so we can enjoy the view to the city. Had a quick walk to the shops to pick up some supplies then a great Japanese dinner. Then ... read more
swimming resident of swamp
Bobbing resident of pool

North America » United States » California » San Francisco September 11th 2019

Tuesday began with a slight sleep in and some washing at the local Laundrette. Come 10am and the girls were still in bed, so kym and I snuck off to Mama’s on Washington square for breakfast. We had spotted it earlier in the trip and saw queues there each day. My bacon, eggs and potatoes were superb while Kym’s crab patties looked delicious! No wonder there were queues. The girls got moving in time for us to get to pier 33 to catch the boat to Alcatraz! Alcatraz was brilliant with the highlight the cellhouse audio tour, where we heard and saw the history of the prison. Some very impressive crooks spent some time on the rock including Al ‘scarface’ Cabone. He was in for tax evasion. I suspect there were worse crimes than that but ... read more
Best breakfast ever
In the kitchen at Mamma’s - not surprised people wait hours
On our way to pier 33

North America » United States » California » San Francisco » North Beach September 10th 2019

Day 2 ~ We woke up at 11 so today’s blog for yesterday might be a bit short. As soon as we woke up and got dressed we walked down to Pier 39. I got a salted pretzel which took a while to get because all the America’s were pushing in line. Then we walked around the pier to see some seals. They were very noisy and they loved a good fight with each other. We then walked to the bus stop to get on the double decker bus. When we got on bus we plugged our headphones in and listened to the tour guide. After driving around for a bit we decided to get of at the Haight Ashbury District and got some lunch. We walked through the streets for a little bit and then ... read more
Golden Gate Bridge
Bella and I eating ice cream
Dad eating crab

North America » United States » California » San Francisco » North Beach September 7th 2019

Day 1 We left our house at 5:45, but before that sadly we take Luna down to Nan’s house because she could not come with us. We checked in at the airport and put our bags on the thingy. We then went to the Qantas first class lounge and had something to eat. I had a cheeseburger and Zoe had calamari. We got on the 13hour plane ride, that left at 9 o’clock (Melbourne time) it was smooth sailing except for one part where the plane hit an air pocket( turbulence). We got a lot of food. We pretty much just watched movies the hole time. we landed at 5:15 (San Francisco time), we all just wanted to get home! We got a taxi out of the airport and we arrived! My first impression was it ... read more
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North America » United States » California » San Francisco August 24th 2019

After ten days of luxury and relaxation, it felt good to be heading off on a road trip again. This time it was time to tick something off Philippe's bucket list again - as he headed off from our hotel room in San Francisco to pick up a Ford Mustang convertible to take us north to Bend, Oregon to visit with our friends Antoine and Cambria (and their two adorable kids and equally adorable labrador!). The first question was whether all our baggage was actually going to fit into the car (it did thankfully, albeit with a rucksack in the seatbelt beside Senan) and the second was just how cramped up were Senan's legs going to be in the car seat (mmm.. I wouldn't buy the car, but he'd be ok for four days!). And so, ... read more
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