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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Some Sights of San Francisco...

DH and I loved San Francisco when we visited here in 2011, and we visited so many of the icons that time. This 4 day trip to SF was organised around taking a day tour to Yosemite; a trip which we did last Sunday...but that will be another blog post. This post I'll share some photos we took on our stay this time. Lots of reminiscing for those of you who have been to SF I'm sure!
We arrived last Friday morning and our hotel was right near Union Square! Views are of the room and streets on the way in from the airport.
It was a very nice hotel!


Found this place last time so on the first afternoon, went back :-)
And of course we went down to the Embarcadero a few times...


Such a cute hire vehicle near Fishermen's Wharf....
And another type of tour vehicle there...


Look at whom I met in the Embarcadero!
Part of the Embarcadero is a number of piers...a favourite being Pier 39. 
Lots of gardens along the walkway in front of the Piers. 

There are lots of interesting shops at this pier but my favourite thing to do there is to check out the seals. They are often 'lounging' around lazily on some wooden pontoons, or sometimes a couple of males will have a bit of a disagreement. But mostly the seals luxuriate in their environment. Being summer, their numbers were down on what we say in March 2011 but there were plenty of them for me to gawk at! Lol


Beautiful!

The crowds have been huge being summer vacation time but lots of OS visitors too! So lots of queuing for the iconic cable cars!
While we waited in the queue we watched the cable cars being turned around...

The queues were even longer at the Powell St stop/terminus!
But we waited patiently and got our cable car ride...


Friends had recommended Boudins restaurant at Fishermen's Wharf, so we tried the seafood chowder in the cob loaf 'bowl' and yes it was delicious.

San Francisco has a whole lot of vintage trams/trolleys from all around the world. They are part of the public transport system but really are too small to deal with the crowds, charming though these trams might be...some of the old trams and one newer trolley bus.
But there are some newer light rail trams which run on train lines and tram lines.
We caught this one in the subway and then it emerged above ground and became a tram! Much more suitable for moving huge crowds , 

In another post I'll show photos of the where DH walked a little way over the Golden Gate Bridge! ( and maybe any other 'stuff' I've forgotten in this post!)  

4 comments:

Kaisievic said...

Thanks for all of the lovely photos. It certainly brings back memories of our trip to San Fran.

Nanette said...

Yes, great memories here too Maria. My daughter lived there for a few years and my first g/child was born there, at home in an apartment overlooking the city, in North Beach, and so I had a trip every year for a while. Guess you're in Vancouver now?

allotmentadventureswithjean said...

A lovely post about San Francisco. I went there years ago and remember jumping onto a tram and feeling like I was in one of those movies …
Have a great holiday!

angela said...

Wow I'm tired just reading this lol your having a jam packed holiday. It looks like heaps of fun xx