Tuesday 14th August 07
We travelled to San Francisco today. It was another long journey. We travelled on the Interstate 5, which took us most of the way to San Francisco from LA. On the way we passed a field of cows, there must have been thousands of them and not a blade of grass in sight. The smell was awful. No wonder Angela likes to see our small fields of happy cows!
Shirine, Geoff and the girls travelled separately and we met up with them at the Hotel Whitcomb where we were staying. The hotel is very nice.San Francisco is a very interesting city. This evening we travelled by cable car to China town where we had a very unimpressive meal. Travelling by cable car was great fun but we almost lost Angela when we got off and she didn’t!
Wednesday 15th August 07
A lovely day in San Francisco
We started the day with breakfast in Sam’s Diner, just over the road form the hotel. Strangely, hotels in America don’t have any tea or coffee making facilities in the rooms! I was desperate for a cup of tea by the time we got to Sam’s.
We took the streetcar to Fisherman’s Wharf, where we had a lovely walk. It was then time for brunch at The Eagle Café on Pier 39 (the cafe is described as “Historic waterfront café and bar since 1928”, this made us laugh as we live so close to Stonehenge which was built about 5000 years ago!).After our second breakfast of the day we took the ferry to Alcatraz, what an interesting place. We met an ex-inmate – Darwin Coon – who’d written a book about his life of crime and time in prison, including Alcatraz. It was very interesting to talk to him. Lilly wanted to know how the inmates who had attempted to escape had managed to get hair for the dummies they made. Darwin told us that the barber was one of the escapees so there was any amount of hair to be had.
When we returned to the mainland we spend some time looking around the shops and the front at Fisherman’s Wharf.
We visited Ripley’s Believe it Or Not Museum, which was good fun. We went to see the sea lions that live by the Wharf, a bit smelly but very sweet. Then we had supper before going back to the hotel. On the way home on the street car there was a young girl having an argument with her boyfriend over the phone, she kept us all amused all the way back to the hotel. Most of the passengers felt sorry for the poor chap!