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Apr 6, 2017 - Alcatraz

Day two in San Francisco and we decide to visit Alcatraz. We walk a few metres to Pier 33 where we catch a ferry across to the island. Alcatraz is an island in the bay and only about a mile and a half from San Francisco. Alcatraz served the army as a fortress and military prison. The department of Justice used it as a maximum security federal penitentiary. It's prisoners included Al Capone, Robert "Birdman" Stroud and "Machine Gun" Kelly. I can remember clearly the film Birdman of Alcatraz and it was amazing to be actually at the prison!...

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Apr 4, 2017 - I left my ❤ in San Francisco

We arrive at San Francisco on a bright sunny morning with our first view of The Golden Gate Bridge and pass by Alcatraz before docking. It is hard to believe the gales we experienced the night before, the roughest we have experienced! It felt like we were in a washing machine yang in bed! San Francisco is located in Northern California and sits on a hilly peninsula with the Pacific Ocean on one side and the bay on the other. It was the discovery of gold in the mid 19th century that led to San Francisco's prosperity although it was still...

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Feb 11, 2017 - At Greg & Chuck's Topaz Sky Lounge on Topaz Way, San Francisco

Thursday, Through Monday Feb . 9 -13, 2017 After out cruise, we flew up to San Francisco to visit our son, Greg and his partner, Chuck. They live in Diamond Heights. On the first night Tom cooked for the first time in a few weeks and made Spaghetti Bolognese. Of course, this was a dining weekend and Friday saw a great dinner at the number 2 restaurant in all of SF, Kokkari. Saturday we went to a plant store and to a gourmet market to buy the ingredients for dinner. Sunday was a food tour in North Beach followed by a grazing over the...

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Jan 21, 2017 - Around San Francisco

We did tell the grumpy woman in reception about the mouse & she offered to move us to another room but we didn’t think that there was any point as we only had one more night & the hole was blocked. We discovered later that they put some of those horrible sticky mouse trap pads under our bed & the TV table. Those pads are horrible as the mouse simply sticks to the pad & then you have to dispose of it, that's if it hasn't chewed it’s own leg off to escape. We did a walking tour of the historic harbour area with a National Parks guide, visited...

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Jan 20, 2017 - Alcatraz Island

Lots of homeless people camped out in the back streets around our hotel, some camping in tents, others under umbrellas & others still just in sleeping bags in doorways. We noticed a lot of them spending time in places like McDonalds & even taking advantage of the free refills systems for drinks. It can’t be much of a life for them, poor souls especially when it rains like it is this morning. We headed down to Fishermans Wharf for our short trip across to Alcatraz island, “The Rock” as it is known. Fortunately the rain held off until late in...

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Jan 19, 2017 - San Francisco Arrival

At least the sun came out a bit when we got to Emeryville in the morning, the station just across the bay from San Francisco. There we had to detrain & take an Amtrak shuttle bus across the bay into San Francisco. I used our last segment on our train pass to pay for the bus transfer, which is crazy really because that short bus ride counts as one travel segment in the same way that the two day trip all the way from Chicago to Seattle also counted as one segment. Lucked out with the hotel this time as it looks pretty grotty but as we have...

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Jan 18, 2017 - South To San Francisco

Seventh Leg – Seattle to San Francisco The train was late arriving back in Seattle last night & we didn't get back to our hotel till after midnight. Then up again at 5am as we had to repackage & get back up to the Amtrak station to catch the 9.35am Coast Starlight train down to San Francisco. We managed to get a lift on the hotel shuttle to the Link metro train station which was great as it was still raining. We met up with a Geordie couple at the station & ate a couple of meals with them on the train during the trip. Our roomette was the...

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Oct 16, 2016 - If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear rain gear

On Saturday we didn’t need our rain gear. It looked threatening all day but remained dry as we walked for hours and hours around the Fisherman’s’ Warf and Marina areas. Tamara had been here before and wanted to visit Coit Tower, something she missed on her previous visit. No worries. Up a fair way, but doable. From there, we could see ‘The Crookedest Street’, or a very zig-zaggy street that is quite famous. I suggested we walk there. It didn’t look too far. And, our hotel was on the other side of it. It was far. And the walk was really,...

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In the USA 2016

Sep 16, 2016 - San Francisco

We arrived at Flag City RV Park in Lodi California, Wed. 7pm. It’s been very warm days,87 degree range but cool nights in the upper 40’s which is good sleeping weather. Thursday we went into San Francisco via the Delta Region of the Sacramento & San Joaquin Rivers, and the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge. First the delta region is 1100 square miles of farm land created during the glacier age & was a beautiful country drive along both rivers crossing some islands and bridges. Then came the “Sacramento Traffic” & we have no clue what...

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Sep 5, 2016 - Two Days Free in San Francisco

Highlights: An extensive walk in the Cow Hollow area and others using Carl's and Shirley's 1964 guide book: 'San Francisco at Your Feet'. Meeting Christian and Ling Wignall for a Japanese dinner in the Japanese quarter. Christian treated us to a vertiginous drive down some of the steepest hills and a general tour. A Ferry ride to Sausolito for lunch with Christian. Being spotted by Catherine Scott - daughter of a friend who was in the scouts with Robin!

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Sep 3, 2016 - Monterey to San Francisco

After some fairly long driving days since we left Los Angeles, today was a welcome change with a lazy start and a chance to visit the town of Monterey before leaving at lunchtime for our drive along the coast to San Francisco. We walked down the pedestrian way into the old town and chose a guided tour of some of the old buildings. Our guide was excellent and gave great insights into the history and significance of Monterey and California. Monterey was the capital of Alta California under Mexican rule for an extensive period of time. At...

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Aug 16, 2016 - Holication 16

What do you get when you cross an American vacation with an Australian holiday??? Easy. That would be a Holication. And what better way to celebrate my recent retirement, our Australian friend, Jennifer's, completion of her doctoral thesis, her partner Terri's recent birthday and John's, well just for being John, than joining up to do a river cruise in Europe. We're starting out with 3 days of touring Prague on our own, picking up the Amadeus Silver II on the Danube visiting Germany, Slovakia, and Austria on the way and ending in Hungary...

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