San Francisco - Day 1

Monday, September 27, 2010

Well, Mark & I along with our good friends Eddie & Joyce Rogers are off to San Francisco for our delayed anniversaries and well needed rest and relaxtion for a few days...

We stayed at the Hyatt on Fisherman's Wharf, located only a couple of blocks South of Fisherman's Wharf so what better way to start our whirl wind San Francisco experience than at the world famous tourist attraction, thriving, vibrant local neighborhood and commercial area - Fisherman's Wharf - which is home to world-class dining, shopping, hotels and endless entertainment opportunities.  For more info on the picture of the crabs click here...

You simply cannot visit San Francisco without strolling by Boudin's on Jefferson Street to see their bakers in action thru a 30 foot observation window as they create batches of bread by hand turning them into the fabulous edible teddy bears, crabs, lobsters, alligators and more....
Do I need to say more??? They are everywhere and definitely one of the highlights of the trip for me. I do have 2 favorites but they come later on Day 2.  My "TRAVELERS TIP" here - travel with lots of $1.00 bills, can you guess why?
Is there anyone who seriously doesn't know something about Alcatraz - the island located in the San Francisco Bay, 1.5 miles offshore often referred to as The Rock.  Through the years it has served as a lighthouse, a military fortification, a military prison, and a federal prison until 1963 when it was closed. Then later in 1972, it became a national recreation area. Today it is a historic site and open to tours.  The island can be reached by ferry from Pier 33 which is near Fisherman's Wharf.  Although we chose not to tour the island on this trip, you will see many photo shots of it as we tour San Francisco. It is visible from pretty much every where you go in the city.

Whether it's family fun, unique shopping (110+ stores), an up close look at the sea lions or delightful dining, PIER 39 is the place to be... it is one of the largest tourist destinations in the city. It is also the place to catch your tour boats for Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge. The Aquarium of the Bay is also located here as well as a Venetian Carousel, Theater 39 and so much more.

Oh, and I haven't forgotten about the Sea Lions, they just deserve their own little paragraph. They are known as the world's "smelliest tourist attraction." For the past 20 years, hundreds of noisy, lazy, smelly sea lions have conquered the boat docks at Pier 39 in San Francisco and been a top tourist attraction. It's a must see attraction when visiting San Francisco.

Heralded as one of the top 10 construction achievements of the 20th Century... Have you ever wondered why the Golden Gate Bridge isn't painted GOLD???  You will see lots more pictures of the bridge coming up over the next couple of days.

Oh but this is a MUST DO... and I will even share a "golden tip" with you on how to catch a ride and miss the long waiting lines, and they are long of course because everybody has to ride the cable cars. Okay so this tip was given to me compliments of one of my new homeless friends, but I can't give it to you until tomorrow which will be Day 2 of our trip because that's when he gave it to me.


The pictures below were taken for no other reason than I thought it was a hilarious site to see these women caring a sofa UP the STEEP Streets of San Francisco. In one of the shots you see them stopping to catch their breath.

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