I really was impressed by some of the buildings we saw in and around San Francisco. It was refreshing from all the cookie cutter architecture I see (and design) on a daily basis in Atlanta. Unfortunately it costs money to build something different and unique.
Our third day in California, the second morning, started out stressful. I realized late the night before that I had left my camera charger and extra battery in the hotel on Lombard Street. The first call I made to the hotel said it was not turned in by the cleaning staff but to call the next morning after 11. So being up again early before five I started searching Internet for any place I could buy another charger and battery. There were some Best Buys and Walmarts around, but would not be open for several hours. There was nothing I could do but keep my fingers crossed and start the day out as planned. Continue reading California Day 3
Our second day in California started with me getting up at 5:00 AM. Of course my body thought it was 8:00 AM; this was a trend that would continue every morning until we came home. So we headed down to the bay to get some pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge with the early morning sun. With all the pictures I take, the colors are always more vibrant a few hours after sunrise and a few hours before sunset. It was a very beautiful morning on the bay. Continue reading California Day 2……
The Hyde Street Pier is a historic ferry pier located on the waterfront of San Francisco, near Fisherman’s Wharf. Before the Golden Gate Bridge was opened it was used as the main car ferry between San Francisco and Sausalito and Berkely.
Today, the pier is part of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. There were many historical ships here that could be toured, but we just strolled down the pier to get a glance at them.
Fisherman’s Wharf is great for shopping and dining, but not a whole lot of photo opportunities to hang on my walls, so I put these photos in a video. Plus it was an excuse to put the video of the sea lions in again…..
I have no idea why this truck was at Alcatraz or what they used it for, but it was sharp.
Ghirardelli Square is a historic public square in the Fisherman’s Wharf District of San Francisco.
At one time it was the headquarters the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company. When the chocolate company was bought out in the sixties, the property was purchased with the sole purpose of preserving the block. Today Ghirardelli Square is full of shops and restaurants and of course Chocolate shops.
If you are visiting San Francisco, I think it’s obligatory to go to Alcatraz. Doing my usual research online it was suggested to buy tickets in advance, which I did, and we found ourselves boarding a boat a little after 2:00 PM on a beautiful sunny day.
The biggest draw to Alcatraz for me and I think most people is its notoriety and its history. In reality, it is a really cool run down old prison. The most interesting part of the tour was the audio tour of the cell block at the top of Alcatraz. It is narrated by former prisoners and guards. Not only do you get the historical events that happen, but some personal insight to the daily lives of the people at Alcatraz. A local society has worked on redoing the prisoner’s gardens and they are absolutely beautiful.
The views of San Francisco both from the island and on the boat ride are stunning and is enough to make the trip by itself.
Muir Woods is 12 miles north of San Francisco and probably one of the most serene, beautiful and magical places I have ever seen. Standing there among the old growth Giant Redwoods, I pictured every fantasy novel I have ever read. This is the place where goblins, harpies, wizards and unicorns live. Continue reading Muir Woods