We visited San Francisco August 20-24th. We traveled with Holiday Vacations. There was lots of time to do things we wanted to do and had planned in advance so that made it nice.
We stayed at the Holiday Inn on Fisherman's Wharf. It was basic and clean with a good breakfast buffet in a great location for tourist attractions. No compliants about the hotel.
Our first night there, we took a night tour of Alcatraz. It was spooky and fabulous. We got to Pier 33, where to catch the ferry, on the very crowded F line bus. I had gotten tickets for Alcatraz weeks ago. Several on the tour wanted to go with us, but tickets were sold out. It was cold out on the island!
We say many, many beautiful sail boats! I've never really seen sail boats except for maybe a very small one that is used on a lake. Seeing them in action was a treat.
People were all nice to us in San Franciso. Every time I got on a bus, someone gave me their seat. I'm sure it was the look of terror in my eyes that encouraged them to make the offer. I've never riden on a bus where most of the people stand up. I will say, it got the job done and only cost 2 dollars! What a bargain. No wonder it's crowded.
We took a Napa Vally wine train tour and had a delicious lunch aboard the train. Great Cream Brulee. It was very interesting to find out about all the vineyards.
One night we ate at Boudins. The waitress said she pronouned it BOW-DEAN's. ??? It was really good. There is a bakery there as well as a restauant. I had corn and crab chowder in a sour dough bread bowl. I think that was the best thing I ate on the trip.
We visited Muir Woods. I would love to spend a whole day there. We didn't have long enough! Just part of an afternoon. It's absolutely beautiful and peaceful and breath taking.
We toured the city on the bus. Fog covered the Golden Gate bridge most of the time we were there, but we could see it between clouds of fog. We saw the painted ladies. Some of them needed to be re-painted. Hee Hee, but they were all pretty.
It was very cold to us for the most part. Being from Midland, Tx, we left 108 degree weather. It was cold to us being in the 70s during the day and low 50s at night. I bought a sweatshirt with a hood!
We saw a Giants game at the beautiful new stadium. It is splendid. It's right by the sea! The fans were so excited. It was like attending a college game. We had great seats so that made it even better.
We got to the stadium by taking the F bus to the Ferry Building, then a couple of blocks over, we got on an underground train, that also drove above ground, to the stadium. People were so nice to help us find our way. We mostly just followed the crowd. There were about 42,000 there at the game against Atlanta.
We tried to get back to the hotel the same way after the game, but when we got back to the Ferry Building, no more busses came by. We waited and waited and finally rode a bicylce rickshaw back the the hotel. Thank Goodnes for Daniel, the bike driver. He was great. Best 25 dollars we spent on the trip!
The Giants won so that made it even more fun.
One night we saw Beach Blanket Babylon. It's a silly review that makes fun of current movie stars and political figures. It was very well done. Great singing and dancing. Only wine and beer are served. I like Margaritas so I was out of luck in that regard.
Before the review, we ate at Capp's, an Italian place right next door to the theatre. It was pretty good with great atmosphere. Seemed like it was in New York rather than San Francisco. Food was OK with very generous servings. We walked from our hotel. It was maybe 8 blocks.
We were surprised to see homeless people sleeping on the streets in multiple places we visited. They weren't really scary. They were just a lump on the sidewalk or in a doorway or on a grassy spot.
We rode a cable car. It was real crowded, but it was fun to say you'd been on one.
Flowers are beutiful in San Francisco. I guess it's the cool weather and the humid air. We walked up to Lombard Street. That's the curvy one with pretty flowers. It nearly killed us both. It is a very steep climb. I would have accepted a ride back to the hotel with Ted Bundy. Where is he when you need him? We made it back and collapsed for quite a while. I'm still limping.
One night we ate at Spinnakers. It was good and looked out over the sea.
We saw the many seals there at Fisherman's Wharf and toured the aquarium. Nothing special about the aquarium. Pretty basic. Not bad.
All in all, we really enjoyed our trip. Everyone was so nice and helpful. I'd like to go back one day! Thanks San Francisco for a great trip!