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North America » United States » California » San Francisco January 10th 2019

I wasn’t looking forward to this journey; a) it was overnight and I’m hopeless with those, as I can’t sleep on planes, b) we had to transit to another plane somewhere in the middle and our experiences with plane swaps had not been good so far and, c) we were flying with American Airlines and the airline crew I had spoken with in Hawaii had told me they were the pits. It didn’t get off to a good start as we were told, at the departure gate, that the flight was overbooked and three volunteers were needed to move to another flight the next day. OK, well that can be anybody but us given that we have a connecting flight to catch. Much to my surprise we actually boarded and took off on time, at 11.25 ... read more
Our view of the Golden Gate Bridge
Doggy day care, opposite hotel
Haight Ashbury

North America » United States » California » San Francisco January 3rd 2019

We need only one audience from this world, for it's the right one.... read more

North America » United States » California » San Francisco November 30th 2018

Herve has had a dream of working in one of the High-tech companies in Silicon Valley. We both loved San Francisco when we travelled there in 2015 with the girls. The journey to get here has been a long and challenging one in many ways. The interview process took long time to master and there were many skills that needed to be learned and sharpened. The house also required a lot of attention: we needed to leave it in good condition for the girls and I wanted to get rid of all my stuff so they could feel it was their home for the few years we were gone. This took months! tossing, scrubbing, painting, repair work, gardening (Lisa and Greg did most of this) and lots and lost of sorting. Herve went through many initial ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Francisco September 18th 2018

It was our final full day in San Francisco. We were advised by the owners of the property that they would be returning from lake Tahoe for one night only before jetting off somewhere else. Yesterday when we arrived back at our accommodation at 09:30pm, the house was in relative darkness. Lights were on in the front room but these had been turned to low on the dimmer switch. The owners were at home but had already retired to the upper house. We wouldn’t have to sit and make small talk after all!! This morning I awoke about 8:00am to the sound of movement in the kitchen, then silence. Fifteen minutes later more movement. We couldn’t stay shut in our room forever although we still had to remember we were guests in someone’s house. It somehow ... read more
The parallel street of San Francisco...
The Coit Tower

North America » United States » California » San Francisco September 17th 2018

Today was spent with our good friends William and Simon. They had invited us to visit The Walt Disney family museum in the district known as Presidio. This suited us perfectly. Prior to our visit, Roisin and I had greed to spend time in Presidio as this is the one area of San Francisco we have not had the chance to explore. A free shuttle bus travelled between downtown and the Presidio visitor centre. We arranged to meet Simon and William at 10:45 outside an Indian restaurant called Mehfil. This was a two and a half mile walk from our accommodation but thankfully all on the flat. The weather was perfect for walking. Only 19°C and a little overcast but no wind. We arrived outside the Indian restaurant on 2nd Street half an hour early as ... read more
Parade Groud Presidio
Snow white oscars
Oswald the lucky rabbit

North America » United States » California » San Francisco September 16th 2018

After leaving Ketchikan at 2pm we weren’t due to arrive in our final port of call, Victoria until 7pm the following day. During our final day at sea, word got around that whales have been spotted. There was a mad rush to catch a glimpse of these graceful marine mammals. I strolled over to the railing of the promenade deck to see what the fuss was about. I saw, in the distance a spurt of water and a small dot far out to sea break the surface of the water for a few seconds. That didn’t deter our would-be David Bailey’s who were freely snapping away with their camera phones and compact digitals eager to post to Facebook and other social media sites to share their speck (It would probably look more ... read more
Our San Francisco accomodation
The front living room
Warhol's Lenin

The nice thing about coming back to cities I've already been to is that I feel zero pressure to actively do everything - I've been here two other times, so I was decidedly lazy today in my approach lol. I spent most of my day people and sea lion watching along Embarcadero (all the piers). I started off at the Ferry Building - for some reason I had remembered it as more of a proper market... but there were fruit/veggie stands out front and then proper stores/stalls inside. I then just took my time wandering along the Embarcadero/coast for a good chunk of the day. I also realized I will not be using their water fountains any time soon because literally every single one I saw had pigeons sitting them. Ew. Pier 39 is like the ... read more
Vaillancourt Fountain

Arrived in SF and met Ella again with her friend Yinong in Dolores park before wandering along Valencia St and grabbing an ice cream and a beer or 2 ( as well as a book from the largest thrift shop I have ever been in). Next day was the touristy thing - cycle the bay and across Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito. Great fun apart from the bridge itself which had pedestrians and cyclists going both ways on one side of the bridge about 5ft wide- not fun. Then met my Uncle Seamus (4 years older than me) in Sausalito for lunch (we were only an hour late -oops) and a wander round the moorings in the sun. Another beer overlooking the bay and finding out the worlds best gin was from the area ( or ... read more
Me with Seamus in Sausalito
SF MOMA - Arfur Jafa
Says it all - MOMA

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