A day in San Francisco
San Francisco was on my list of places to see in California. Luke was reluctant, telling me that cities were hard work when you were camping. It became apparent that he was right about this, finding a campground near the city was impossible, but we managed to find a good one in Petaluma, about 25 miles from a ferry that would take us into the city. So our day in San Fran began with a ferry ride past the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, not a bad start to what turned out to be a beautiful day.
San Francisco is a well visited place, so I won’t go into too much detail about it, but as far as cities go it’s been one of my favourite to visit. We wandered down Market Street on a very quite Sunday morning to watch the cable cars turn around on the corner of Powell St. This is no easy task as they are unable to reverse, so they are turned manually by 3 large men. The streets of the city are truly steep and we got a good workout climbing up Telegraph Hill to Coit Tower with an amazing view over San Francisco.
Walking back to Fishermans Warf we detoured through Chinatown and found where everyone in the city hangs out on a Sunday (at least the Chinese population anyway). We stopped at Pier 19 for lunch and had clam chowder in a sourdough bun from the place where sourdough was first made, it was pretty amazing bread. Pier 19 itself is quite a tourist trap, very busy with lots of tack shops.
From here we made our way to the Golden Gate Bridge along the waterfront. It was quite a long walk but worth doing as we passed beaches and marinas and got to spend a lot of time people watching. There are some pretty interesting characters to be found, I was startled by a man hiding behind a few branches, much to the amusement of other passersby.
The Bridge itself is impressive, we saw it on a sunny day with clear skies but I think it is probably more stunning seen through the fog that often covers the city. We thought the Bay Bridge leading over to Oakland was just as impressive.
Our day finished with an amazing Chinese restaurant where we were treated to dinner by my Great Uncle Vance. Overall we both really enjoyed the day and the effort to get to the city was well worth it. There is so much to see in San Francisco that one day did not do it justice, we will just have to return I guess!