San Francisco – Day 1, Part 1

Late afternoon Thursday we arrived in San Francisco. Between adjusting to the timezone and it being later in the day, we decided to just eat dinner out and then go to bed early. But we went down to this cute little alley way called Belden Place that has eight different restaurants side by side. You can stroll down the alley and look at menus and then choose to eat indoors or out. We chose Trademark and it was delicious! I ordered a Hell or High Watermelon wheat beer and the fish and chips. I was not disappointed! The fish wasn’t heavily battered, which I hate.

Friday morning we got moving relatively early. We purchased a two-day pass for the Super Sightseeing Tour which allows you to hop on and off the bus at designated stops throughout the city. You can also sit on the bus for about a 2 hour tour. Luckily there was a stop right outside of our hotel, which was situated where the Financial District meets Chinatown. It was an ideal location for sure. So we hopped on the bus and rode down to the piers and Fishermans Wharf.

I can see the water!

We walked around Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf for a while. We also marveled at how eerie Alcatraz looks. Even on a clear morning (which it wasn’t) it looks ominous.

No escaping!

They say with the currents being so strong and the waters being so cold, no one can escape and live to tell the tale. That’s how it can be so close to the mainland. Creepy.

The views aren't bad in the other direction though!

Then we took a long walk and ended up in Ghiradelli Square and got a free piece of chocolate. It never tasted so good! Then it was off to see the Golden Gate Bridge!

View of the city from near the Golden Gate Bridge

I couldn’t get over how surreal it was to see the bridge. It stands out so much in contrast to the landscape surrounding it. I could’ve stayed there for a while soaking it all in. There are beautiful views from the area–fog or no fog. We watched the fog roll over the top of the bridge throughout our short visit there. About half of my pictures only show half of the bridge, while the other half show the entire bridge, even if it’s not crystal clear. I thought I wanted to walk the bridge but once I realized how windy it was, I knew I didn’t want to do it. I overheard someone saying it’s pretty scary out there in the middle. Plus, it was chilly! I did get to go across it eventually, but that’s for a later post.

Stay tuned tomorrow for Day 1, Part 2!

 

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