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San Francisco, California, United Sates of America

Woke up this morning and had a shower in our luxury bathroom before heading out to find breakfast in San Francisco. Ended up in a 50's style diner for eggs, bacon and hash browns. We then waited for a cable car.

Street and Cable Car

The San Francisco cable cars look like something out of a museum. People either sit on seats or stand on the running boards and hang outside.

Cable Car

I am not sure this is safe! We got the cable car to Fisherman's Wharf. We had a wander enjoying the fresh sea air. Disappointedly to discover that we couldn't get a boat to Alcatraz today. Instead we went round a WW2 submarine. I am not sure that I would like to be a submariner as it seems to have been very hot, dirty and cramped. We then went on a cruise around the bay. This took us up past the Golden Gate bridge, which reminded me of the Humber Bridge and Alcatraz.

San Francisco Bay San Francisco Skyline Jane and Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco Skyline Alcatraz Alcatraz
Andrew on Boat

The island had a very deserted and desolate look, the buildings are falling into ruin and there are only the gulls wheeling overhead. We then had a spot of lunch as I insisted on trying a San Francisco speciality - clam chowder in a sourdough bowl. The dough didn't taste that much different to ordinary bread. The chowder was a lovely thick creamy soup of clams, potatoes and carrots with just enough spice to give it a good taste. After lunch we went to look at some historical ships. The Eureka was a car ferry up till the 1950's and had vehicles of the period parked on her deck. In the half hour journey across the boat the restaurant managed to provide a full meal - maybe United Airlines could learn from them. There was a square rigged cargo ship from Newcastle, England. This was much more my type of boat. After this and a bit of shopping we stood in a long queue for a cable car back. We got of the cable car just outside the Disney store and had a quick look to see if they had any nice Tigger and Eyore T-shirts in my size, but they didn't :(

San Francisco is a great city with a feel to it - very laid back and relaxed. It is also a beautiful city with some stunning views of the bay and architecture that shows a European, mainly Spanish, influence. It is definitely a place that I would like to come back to.

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