Monday, 20 August 2012

Painted Ladies and cable cars

San Francisco, CA

Camping wasn't an option really for San Francisco, and we didn't want to stay in a hotel, so I organised a room through Airbnb. We stayed in Bernal Heights in a lovely house on a street that is a staircase! Public transport wasn't very far away so we were able to take the bus into the city everyday to anywhere we wanted to go. We visited all the main tourist spots - Alcatraz, Chinatown, Little Italy, the Wharf, the painted ladies, the Golden Gate bridge and rode the cable car of course. Often we would change into shorts and a t-shirt as it would be quite warm at our house, but in the city it would be freezing because of a cold wind. Just when we thought we had worked out the bus system, it would throw us another curly, such as the inbound and outbound would go on different routes because of one way streets. We certainly did a lot of walking up a lot of hills, you wouldn't need a gym membership in this city!

Golden Gate Bridge
the Painted Ladies 
Cable car

Alcatraz cell
Alcatraz is named after what the first Spanish explorer called San Francisco Bay - La Isla de los Alcatraces - the island of the pelicans. It's a cold and windy place even in the middle of summer. What a depression, horrible place to be - as an inmate way back then or to even work here today.

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