Monday, June 16, 2014

San Francisco - Days 1 & 2

**Sidenote: Obviously I haven't gotten back to the blog to rewrite the Mexico posts yet. I also haven't written about many other projects that I have been doing in the meantime. The main reason? I'm so busy 'doing' I haven't been taking time to write about what I've done. I'll come back to it eventually. In the meantime...


After several delays, we arrived in San Francisco at about 3pm (Original arrival time: 1:30pm). After arriving at our hotel (Pier 2620 Hotel in Fisherman's Wharf), we moved took off to see the city. We started by heading a couple of blocks north to see the Crooked Street, which is part of Lombard Street.

It was soon apparent that I was going to be getting a gooood leg workout this trip. From there, we headed down to the ocean and walked along the street, looking at all of the little shops and scenery, until we reached Pier 39. Pier 39 included lots of little touristy shops and restaurants. While there, we stopped at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. for supper (at 8:30pm).

"Shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey's uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That- that's about it." - Bubba

The food was so, so, but the environment did not disappoint. We had a great view of Alcatraz Island from where we were sitting, and we weren't allowed to get our food until we had correctly answered 3 trivia questions about the movie. (Apparently I don't remember the movie very well... it took awhile.)
As you can see, the weather is rather cool... it has been about 20C during the day, with a cool breeze.

We slept in today (whoops! Guess the fresh air and exercise got the best of us) and got up at about 11am. By the time we figured out what we wanted to do for the day and left the hotel it was 12pm. We went to a great little diner for brunch (Pat's Diner), and then took the Cable Car up to Union Square.

In Union Square we (I) did a bit of quick shopping. I purchased a new dress and dress sandals at The Gap. (Great deal and I will get a few different uses out of them this summer!)
From Union Square, we walked up to Chinatown, where we spent most of the day shopping and poking around.

We ate a delicious supper within Chinatown (best scallops I have ever eaten), and then started to make our way back to the hotel.

On the way back, we climbed our way up to the Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill. Unfortunately the tower was closed for the day, but it was a beautiful view.

Tomorrow we will be heading out on a ferry to tour Alcatraz and Angel Island. :)