Sunday, 7 September 2008

Days 20 & 21

Day 20
Tuesday 14th August 07

San Francisco

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!

Day 21
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!

Saturday, 6 September 2008

Long time - no see.

It's been a while since I shared a journal entry with you, so here goes.

Day 17
Saturday 11th August 07

Venice Beach

We went to Venice (Muscle) Beach today. We played in the sea, walked along the boardwalk and had a very nice meal.
Didn’t see much “muscle” action! But there were lots of street traders and entertainers.
As we didn't see any "muscle" on the beach I found this on the Internet!


Day 18
Sunday 12th August 07

Being Lazy

We had a lovely lazy day by the pool today.
Angela has a lovely cactus on the patio. The flowers last one day only and look absolutely stunning when they’re out.


Day 19
Monday 13th August 07

Hollywood


We went to Hollywood today. We had a lovely sandwich for lunch in a very nice sandwich bar.
Geoff, Shirine and the girls joined us later, bringing Lilly with them. They’d been to Rodeo Drive. We wanted to visit the Chinese Theatre, but it was closed as there was to be a premier that evening.
Saw the Hollywood sign and the “stars”, then we had an ice cream in a Disney themed cafe.