07 February 2012

Holiday Slideshow : San Francisco


The last stop on out US adventure was San Francisco.  San Fran has a special place in my travel memories - it was the first American city I ever visited, and what a wonderful introduction to America it was!  I have fond memories of warm days spent wandering up and down hills, lazily admiring the gorgeous 'Painted Ladies', eating delicious chewy crust pizza, smelling the sea salt in the air and just generally picturing myself becoming a local.  

And this visit was really more of the same.  We ate great food, held our noses while laughing at the antics of the Pier 39 sea lions, caught a cable car up a ridiculously steep hill, admired the city from the top of Coit Tower and watched the mist roll over the city.  

We also visited Alcatraz where I took roughly half a million photos, which was actually quite restrained considering...

8 comments:

  1. i love alcatraz! i've gone three times and each time the audio tour is different :)

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    1. I loved the audio tour! At first I was thinking '45 minutes?! Jeez, *yawn*' but it was so great - amazing stories, well told!

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  2. I've never been to San Francisco, and it's definitely on my places to go to someday list. How was Alcatraz? Did you have to get tickets way in advance?

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    1. San Fran is well worth a visit! Alcatraz was great, better than I expected - interesting history and stories, plus all those great early 1900's design features, and you also get an interesting view of San Francisco from the island. Apparently the tour does sell out a few days in advance during the peak season, but being Winter we had no problems getting tickets.

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  3. Gorgeous photos Emily!
    I'd love to be able to visit San Fran and take a cable car ride on it's streets. Part of me always pictures the movie 'The Rock' when I think of San Fran… which is really bad!

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    1. Ha! I always think of Dirty Harry!

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  4. So glad you loved San Fran its a great place hey!!! I didn't get chance to go to Alcatraz it was fully booked one on the list for if I ever get a chance to go back I bet it was very interesting! :)

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  5. Wonderful photos! I love the deer, and those seals!!!!! Oh my ... not to mention the rich cultural history of San Fran.

    PS. I think of Dirty Harry too! (and So I Married an Axe Murderer). ;)

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