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October 18th 2018
Published: October 18th 2018
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Iconic view through the "fog"
We're gearing up for RTW4 by writing up some retrospective blogs from our recent California trip..... You should be able to see earlier blogs. Anyway, back to California..

SC writes: San Fran is one of my favourite cities and it was great to go back. I first visited there in May 1980 on my first transatlantic trip. Some things have changed since then, inevitably, (and including me) but some things have not. I recently digitised my photos of that trip so I’ve complied some then and now comparisons….

We actually stayed in Berkeley which is an interesting and attractive place with loads of eateries galleries and students. We were in a small boutique hotel above a coffee shop – all fine. Access to San Fran was by BART – the metro – but about 30 minutes to the City. We roamed around, visited china town then Japan town (and where we both shopped in both places). One day we did all the Cable Car routes (one is part closed) and rode many of the vintage trams that now run up and down the Embarcadero between the Ferry Terminal (now fantastic foodie centre) and the famous Pier 39. These historic trams have all been immaculately restored and turned out in the liveries of cities in which they or similar trams used to run. It’s a great living museum and I even bought a post in the small museum. I remember riding these 1940s trams back in 1980 and here they were fully restored and back in service. Brilliant.

Another day we went by BUS over the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito – a very attractive little town that Cathy & I have visited many years ago. We caught a ferry back to the city – fabulous views of the Golden Gate bridge looming out of mist – text book views of San Fran.


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Cable cars still running - a key past of San Fran's charm and a massive visitor attraction
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Tram - May 1980

Built in 1948 still in service in 1980
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Build in 1948 - withdrawn 1982 - refurbished and bach in service on the heritage line 2018
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May 1980 BART Train

Same trains still running in 2018... 44 years and several million miles on the clock. Due for replacement in 2020 - 2022


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