Blogs from San Francisco, California, United States, North America - page 4


Heute war ich eigentlich etwas müde und unmotiviert. Ich denke, man kann so eine Reise auch nicht endlos ausdehnen. Kurz vor 11:00 habe ich das Hotel verlassen und bin zur U-Bahn-Station. Auch die ist wie in Los Angeles und Las Vegas relativ neu. Ich finde es gut, dass man hier den öffentlichen Nahverkehr unterstützt. Nachdem ich den richtigen Automaten für das Ticket gesucht und gefunden habe, bin ich zwei Stationen zum Ferry Building gefahren. Hier gibt es viele Restaurants und eben Fähren über die Bucht. Auch die Oakland Bay Bridge ist nicht weit. Vin dort bin ich dann zum California Road Cable Car und damit nach Chinatown gefahren. Dort habe ich preiswert und gut gegessen. Gleich danach habe ich auch noch einen Frappuccino getrunken. Ich beginne auch meine Dollar-Bar-Bestand langsam abzubauen, weil ich beim Rücktausch eh ... read more
Chinatown in San Francisco.
Das Ferry Building.
Die Oakland Bay Bridge.

Heute bin ich nach dem Frühstück zur Ausgangsstation der Cable Cars in Downtown und habe zwei Tickets gekauft. Dort war eine lange Schlange, aber ein Mann hat empfohlen einfach eine Station weiter einzusteigen. Dann bin ich damit nach Fishermans Wharf gefahren. Das waren ja gleich zwei Attraktionen auf einmal. 1997 habe ich das schon mal gemacht und ein umfangreiches Programm in S.F. abgearbeitet. Heute habe ich vor Ort angekommen erst einmal einen Frappuccino getrunken. Dann bin ich etwas herum gelaufen. Es gibt eine Reihe von Museumsschiffen und man kann Alcatraz und die Golden Gate Bridge sehen. Die beiden letzten wollte ich dieses mal nicht schon wieder ansehen und 1997 habe ich auch ein U-Boot an einer der Anlegestellen besucht. Heute habe ich hier ein Fischplatte wieder zu einem vernünftigen Preis gegessen und bin danach noch zu ... read more
Ein Cable Car.
Pier 39.
Die Golden Gate Bridge im Hintergrund.

Gestern habe ich Yosemite wieder zeitig verlassen und bin Richtung San Francisco gefahren. Dabei wurde ich vor allem über Nebenstraßen geleitet, da es keinen direkten Highway gab. Einmal ist die Polizei hinter mir aufgetaucht und hat mir gesagt, dass ich zu schnell war. Ich habe erwidert, dass ich deutscher Tourist bin und meinen Führerschein gezeigt und der Officer beließ es bei einer Verwarnung. Mein Glück hat mich aber etwas später verlassen, als ich über zwei Stunden wegen eines LKW-Unfalls im Stau stand. Das hat meinen Zeitplan total durcheinander gebracht. Vor San Francisco war ich nach im Besucherzentrum am Infinite Loop von Apple und wegen der Verzögerung habe ich dort keinen Kaffee getrunken, sondern nur Fotos gemacht. Dort war auch ein Apple Store. Dann bin ich weiter zu Google, wo es angeblich auch ein Besucherzentrum geben und ... read more
Besucherzentrum von Apple.
Besucherzentrum von Apple.
Google Merchandising Store.

After about sixty years of air travel, airports, and airplanes, I have seen many crazy things. Here are just a few: Poor hygiene-well, first of all, most men do NOT wash their hands after using the men's room. That in itself is as disgusting as it gets. But some other culprits will clip their toe nails on board, file their nails, clean their ears, or place their stinky feet on the back of my seat!!! Or how about the amateur dental hygienists on board who must floss their teeth after EVERY meal?? Don't even get me started on dandruff, acne pickers, and nose hair trimmers. Pet stuff-you can guess what happens when a "therapy" dog has to poop while on the plane, even in first class. Not fun!!! Worse yet, how about a pet snake? Yes, ... read more
Always necessary.
Kim chee on a plane?  NEVER!!!

Weather: Partly sunny, cloudy, sprinkles and 60s States: Nevada and California Miles: 218 Hours: 3 hrs and 26 min Restaurant: Pompei’s Grotto Hotel/Home: Courtyard Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf Movies: Audible: Escape From Alcatraz After a nice sleep, we woke early to get head start to San Fran since Reno itself is a bit of an armpit. Sorry. Where we stayed, in Sparks, is nice. It is about 10 minutes from downtown Reno. On our way out, we stopped in downtown Reno to see what it was about. Pretty much a seedy pit of druggies and down and outs. We had the kids step over a couple of syringes to get a picture of the Reno Arch. Ben says sarcastically, “Now I can tell my kids about the time I was in Reno.” Similar to the trip Paul’s ... read more

4th and King Street, San Francisco– Several months ago (although it feels like yesterday... time really does stand still when the seasons blend together) I found myself at the 4thand King Street train station waiting for our ride back to the Salinas Valley, which I have accepted as my home now. As we were waiting, I had flash backs to the last few times I was at that station waiting for a train, and how much my life had changed each time. The first time was my first visit to San Francisco since childhood. It was in November of 2017, and I was interviewing all over the United States for a new job. I had an interview in a little suburb north of San Jose, and decided to (finally) take my old college roommate and darling ... read more
Mission Dolores Park, Nov. 2017
Cindy and me! :) Nov. 2017
San Francisco, one June night in 2018

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

Here’s a quick virtual visit for you to the Californian Academy if Science in San Francisco. Christine and I went for lunch at Twitter and then took a Lyft to The Golden Gate park and this amazing place. Butterfly forests, reef and river environments, penguins and planets. Enjoy 😊 (that octopus! 😯😔)... read more

North America » United States » California » San Francisco January 20th 2019

We have been in San Francisco for a bit more than one month now. We are pleasantly surprised. It has been better than what we hoped. We live in Larkspur, a very green suburb with amazing forest walks right at our door step. We live in the hills. This is great for the views, but requires a bit of effort to cycle up the hill. The climb is more than 100m vertical. Doable, but tiring if we do it every day. The big surprise has been the quality of the food. It is much better than we expected. High quality fruits and vegetables, an amazing range of choice of foods. Lots of different types of supermarkets. It's a bit overwhelming at first, but it's nice to have such a choice of good food from all over ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Francisco January 15th 2019

We used the remaining hours on our 24 hour HOHO bus ticket to get us down to the docks to catch the ferry across to Alcatraz from Pier 33 in the harbour area. The trip was about a mile and a quarter and only took 12 minutes but everything was very efficient. The weather was cool but fine and the crossing was smooth. Brochures and maps were available outside the Visitor Centre on the island, with an honesty box for the $1 cost. Many people just took them for free. C’mon, it’s only a dollar – where’s your conscience? We saw the sally port, guard house and guard tower on immediate arrival, then the post exchange and officers’ club (now a ruin), the electrical repair shop, mortuary, chapel, warden’s house, lighthouse, barracks, recreation yard, water tower ... read more
Steve in Alcatraz
San Francisco sea lions

North America » United States » California » San Francisco January 12th 2019

I'm not driving yet but Herve is comfortable driving in US in our new Nissan Maxima. We have made a couple of visits to San Francisco over the Golden Gate bridge to explore some areas. This is Ocean Beach which is a vast beach front with a concrete breaker wall. Many people stroll around with their dogs, there are a few homeless around and massive seagulls. The cutest thing is the little Plover birds which spend their days racing to an fro with the flow of the waves (Grazing on the little creatures when the water recedes. Golden Gate park is a massive park in the middle of the city. Canadian Geese, squirrels, coyote! and bison!! Beautiful park!... read more
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