Beautiful weather welcomed us into SF, sunny and fresh and lasted throughout our five day visit.
No time was wasted. Cable cars and trolley buses received a good work-out as did our feet from the usual investigative work around the shops. Bloomingdales, Macy's etc.etc.
Our hotel was well placed right next to Union Square, the focal point of the city's Christmas decorations. Lights, people, street music, ice skating and more lights …. extremely colourful.
Fisherman's Wharf and the Embarcadero area were a lot of fun to explore but sadly, like a lot of the city, they were quite dirty and run-down. Homeless people and Tesla electric cars were everywhere. We were amazed.
The old hippy area of Haight Street was alive and well and a lot of fun to walk around.
Pet dogs were everywhere and at one point a group of wanna-be hippies with their animals were holding up footpath traffic. A lady made the comment it was a 'hippy road-block' which seemed very appropriate.
The nearby Painted Ladies around Alamo Square were fabulous. It was great to see these old Victorian homes brought back to their former glory. The money spent on them would have been enormous.
A hire car was the go to get us out of town and explore the countryside. The Napa Valley, Sonoma and parts of the Pacific Coast were great choices even though many areas were very stressed from drought and fires. Many homes, properties and vineyards were burnt out.
The Golden Gate and Bay Area Bridges were fun to cross but Treasure Island was a shocker. We were not quite sure what to expect but a huge rubbish tip was never in our thoughts. Yuck!
There was no way we could return our car until we did the ultra twisty Lombard Street, America's 'most crooked' pavement. Our Toyota Yaris 'limo' handled it like a breeze and Gilly loved the white knuckle ride.
The time soon arrived for our flight to New York and what was predicted to be -3 temperatures.
We were excited.