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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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A lot can happen in 20 years. I am back in San Francisco after moving from the south bay in the spring. I am in awe of the transformation this city has undergone in the past 20 years. A good number of retail and dining establishments (some of them have been around for decades) have closed shop and many more are putting out signs thanking everyone for their support but they have chosen to not renew their lease. Nothing lasts forever but some things remain the same. The beauty and charm of SF still exists-- one just needs to look beyond the surface.... read more


Dimanche, le 28 juillet 2019, Aujourd'hui, c'est le marathon de San Francisco. Un vrai casse-tête logistique pour l'organisation de notre journée car le marathon passe dans tous les coins jolis (et touristiques) de la ville. Nous avons décidé de nous en sauver le plus possible en optant pour une randonnée en bord de mer à l'extrémité ouest de la ville, de Land's End jusqu'au Golden Gate Bridge. On embarque donc de bon matin dans un bus. Le trajet est assez long, et il s'allonge d'autant plus que l'on croise le trajet du marathon. Nous sommes donc à l'arrêt complet pendant de très longues minutes avant d'enfin parvenir au Land's End, plongé dans la brume. La végétation est surprenante, avec d'immenses arbres que l'on présume être des séquoias, bien plantés dans la terre rouge, aux sommet de ... read more
Golden Gate
Palace of Fine Arts
Height-Ashbury!!!!


26 juillet 2019, Pour célébrer nos 5 ans de mariage, nous avons décidé de nous offrir une petite virée en amoureux le temps d'un long week-end. En fait, pas tant une petite virée sympathique qu'un méchant trip de luxe à San Francisco, Californie. Rien que ça! Pour réaliser notre projet, on brûle des miles aériens aéroplan et des points hôteliers de la chaîne Marriott. Cinq ans de mariage, ça se célèbre en grand! Le réveil est matinal, vers 4:15, mais l’excitation nous gagne rapidement. Armés chacun de notre petite valise carry-on, on file à l'aéroport. À cette heure, pas de bouchons de circulation, c'est déjà ça de pris. Une fois l'auto stationnée, nous complétons les formalités. Comme c'est (dés)agréable de prendre l'avion pour aller visiter nos voisins du sud, tout y est plus long et plus ... read more
La classe affaire, oui, je le veux!
Palace Hotel, qui porte bien son nom
Dragon's Gate, l'entrée de Chinatown


Bekki bought our youngest grandson, 4-year-old Jasper to Sun River and the plan was that we’d take him on a very short Grandkid trip. He gets quite wild with other kids so we thought it was best to just take him by himself. He’d decided that we would go to every ice cream shop in the world. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time for that. We left Saturday morning and drove, in one very long day, to San Francisco. Unfortunately, RV parks in San Francisco are not plentiful. We have stayed at the RV park at Candlestick Park when it was actually the baseball park. Now the ballpark is mostly dismantled but the RV park is still there. The RV park was jam-packed with RV’s and getting into our space, in the dark, was most difficult. Fortunately, ... read more
Is the tiger looking at Jasper
A Bear Encounter
The sculpture park




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