We’d headed for San Francisco this morning when, just after we’d left, it started to drizzle. Bugger. But about ten minutes before we arrived in San Fran the skies cleared and glorious sun streamed down. Woohoo!
We parked down by the mariner and so – naturally – headed toward the piers for some of that famous clam chowder. It was surprisingly good! We had it served in the sourdough bread which gets the Trentini seal of approval.
Cam and I (Sashi just wasn’t interested!) then went on an audio-guided tour of a retired WWII submarine, the USS Pampanito. Impressively moored behind pier 45, the Pampanito has been lovingly and meticulously restored. The tour went for about half an hour and I found it fascinating to listen to ex-servicemen narrate their time aboard the vessel. It was cramped, hot, very dangerous and just generally tough.
Dad, you would’ve loved it. 🙂
After the tour we jumped on one of the cable cars. It may be touristy but, for me, this was a real treat. The “gripper”, the person who controls the car, was entertaining and hanging on to the sides of the car was just a great way to see such a picturesque city. It’s US$5 one way(or US$10 for a day ticket) but well worth the experience.
We got off at Union Square, a hub of shops and activity, in search of good coffee. We found a “coffee house” and found that it wasn’t absolutely disgusting which, by American standards, is pretty good. The rumours are true – you simply can’t get good coffee here! I’m making it one of my goals to find some but I’m not particularly confident of success… 😉
Don’t even get me started on Starbucks.
After wandering around Union Square for awhile we took the cable car back and returned to our car. It was getting dark so we figured we might go down to Fort Point and take some photos of the Golden Gate bridge. It is a magnificent structure.
Before leaving San Francisco we thought we’d take one last look at it from Twin Peaks, a pair of small mountains nearly 300 metres high quite close to the city. After driving around in circles for awhile we came to the lookout…and what a stunning view! The whole of San Francisco was laid out beneath you. Reminded me of the view of Melbourne from Mt Dandenong but here you’re a lot closer to a bigger city so it’s pretty impressive.
After leaving San Francisco we headed to Gordon Biersch a chain of micro-breweries that are well known for their meals as well as their beers. Great food, drink and company, a fitting way to end a wonderful day. 🙂