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  • Day1

    Pier 39

    August 13, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    A foggy start to Day 1 in San Francisco. The Golden Gate Bridge is just emerging out of the fog. We've walked down Stockton Street, from our hotel, to the pier. It's still early morning and not a lot is open. First stop is to check out the seal colony at the pier. They fight and squabble for prime places on the wooden decks. They're very noisy and the stench is awful, but fun to watch their antics....always entertaining.Read more

  • Day9

    Another fun day

    September 23, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    Today we have another fun filled adventure from the activities in out City Pass. We make a lunch and head over first to the Aquarium of the Bay. We decide to try the street cars for our commute. It's a nice ride, they seems new but have an old fashioned bubble look to them. We see many different models of these cars as we cross them from the other direction.

    The Aquarium of the Bay is nice, this place has an immersive tunnel aquarium. We are under the fish and see lots of interesting species. It is really hypnotizing to see a school of fish all around you move so quickly and also synchronized. There are also sharks in the tank, they are ones that are naturally present here in the bay. We see various types of jellyfish, again watching these creatures is hypnotic. It amazes me that these things are alive; they are translucide and seem to be a blob of floting gelatin.

    After the aquarium we head to Pier 39, this Pier is full of places to eat and shop. We head to the end of the Pier as there are sea lions that come to take a sun bath. The odour of these guys is pretty strong and not the most pleasant. Most sea lions are there resting and tanning, from time to time one of them gets a power trip and tries to knock everyone else off. It is quite the show to watch.

    From here we get our tickets on the Rocketboat, an "unforgettable ride" if the advertising is accurate. We will ride on a speedboat in the Bay with rock music blasting over the speakers... I have to say, it was pretty fun, we were able to sit right in front and enjoy the view. The captain like to make huge 360 turns and jump the waves, lots of fun for me. It was very windy in front, I was glad that we brought our wind breakers.

    After the amazing ride we go back to the Aquarium to see the feeding of the otters. These guys are so cute. Did you know that they have as many hairs in a square inch of their body as the total amount of hair on our heads. Quite the hairy little guys... They also need to eat 10% of their body weight every day.

    Exploratorium is next, this place is a museum where you get to touch everything and try everything. It is really well done, the instructions are clear on what to do and then they give an explanation of why or how it works. You can probably spend the whole day with kids or big kids in here. After my brain has been saturated with new science facts we take another street car back to Market and Powell street.

    From there we head over to the cable cars as we have to try it at least once while we are here. The line up is pretty long but hey, there is lots of entertainment while we wait. A couple of guys are playing street music keeping us happy. LPT. There is a trick to beat the lineup if you come to SF: go one or 2 stops further and you can get on if you don't mind standing up 😉. Doing this ride standing is lots of fun, you have to try it.

    The cable car brings us to fisherman's wharf. There are lots of restaurants here. We chose to visit Cioppino's. It's an Italian seafood place. Their bread is sooo good and we order roasted olives to go with it. It is really yummy, I need to try this at home. For dinner I have a fish and chip as that was what I was craving all day. I know, I can have this anywhere, I was not disappointed. It was really good and there was not too much batter on the fish.

    The cable car was lots of fun so we decide to take it again. Before hoping on we take a detour to go see Lombard street, this street is a popular one where everyone drives down on it. I am not sure why but it zig zags and has a view of the Bay. We gotta climb up this street to catch our cable car. Once we catch the cable car without having to do the long lineup, we head back downtown which will allow us to take the bus back to the loft. I was wondering why they call it a cable car as you do not see any cables. While waiting for our cable car I notice that there are two tracks and a third one in the middle. I look down the crack and see the cable. Ah ha, that's why they call it like that. There are three levers for the driver. One to brake, one that grips the cable and the third is for emergency braking. Now I get it 🙂.

    What a fun day. New memories to keep for sure.
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  • Day1

    Aquarium of the Bay

    August 13, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    What a great little find this was......we have walked past it so many times. The aquarium showcases San Francisco Bay creatures. Divided into habitat zones, you get to see and touch a wide variety of sea life. Entering through the discovery section, it's very evident in the diversity of creatures on display. An elevator takes us down to the tunnel area where we firstly walk through Jellyfish and Pipefish which look like they're cousins to sea horses. The nearshore tunnel features a huge variety of fish, eels, crustaceans and marine invertebrates. The best offshore tunnel features sharks, rays and really huge fish.

    Back upstairs, we walk past the touch pools. There are small sting rays which pop up to the surface regularly for a fingertip pat of their wings. They feel soft and leathery. Next display is the river otters, Chester and Buster. They tumble and play with each other and are able to hold their breath for 6 minutes. And yes, I managed to snag a pic when they 'did their business'.
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  • Day9

    À bon port

    September 23, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    Notre plan de la journée est d’aller faire les touristes en centre-ville et au port. On s’y rend donc en bus et en street car sur rail. On commence par une visite de l’aquarium à 10 h. Ce n’est pas très gros mais les long tunnels de verre qu’on traverse dans l’eau sont cool et donne une excellente opportunité de voir la faune marine de près.

    Ensuite on prend une marche dans le Pier 39. C’est comme une grosse foire avec plein de kiosques de bouffe et restaurants de toutes sortes avec des prix exorbitants… 5.25 USD pour un cornet de crème glacée à une boule ou un pogo 🤑. On s’arrête plutôt un peu pour observer une gang de lion de mer qui se prélassent au soleil sur des quais.

    On prend ensuite notre lunch sur le bord du quai en attendant de pouvoir embarquer pour une ride de RocketBoat dans la baie de SF. Woohoo. C’était bien le fun cette ride de bateau là. Un 30 minute de vents dans la face et de virages à 360°.

    Arrêt à l’aquarium (encore) pour voir les otaries se faire nourrir (c’est tellement cute!) avant de se diriger à l’Exploratorium. J’ai bien aimé : c’est comme un musée de sciences et technologies mais tout est « hands-on » alors tout est présenté de sorte que tu peux tout manipuler pour comprendre la science et phénomènes derrière chaque truc. Et c’est immense. On y a passé quelques heures et on devrait donc revenir un peu plus intelligents 🤓.

    Après cette visite on prend un Cable Car pour se rendre au Fisherman’s Wharf. C’est pas mal cool. Ce sont de vieux car des années ‘20 tirés par des câbles qui passent sous la rue et on s’y est accroché à l’extérieur pour tout le trajet. Faut juste faire attention de ne pas laisser nos membres trop dépasser pour pas accrocher de véhicules stationnés ou faire car en sens inverse.

    On se paie un bon souper de fruit de mer (fish & chips et pâtes aux crevettes) avant de reprendre un autre cable en sens inverse et revenir au AirBnB. En chemin on passe par la Lombard St., « la rue la plus croche au monde ». Ce fut donc une autre bonne journée avec pas mal de marche.
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  • Day6

    San Francisco, USA

    September 27, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Heute war unser erster Tag in San Francisco. Um uns einen Überblick zu verschaffen, sind wir heute morgen erstmal zu Fuß los und konnten dann nicht mehr aufhören zu laufen 🤔 So sind wir dann ca. 7h durch die City gelaufen, erst durch Downtown, dann am Hafen und Pier 33 vorbei, bis kurz vor der Golden Gate Bridge, da geht's aber morgen mit Fahrrad noch einmal rüber. San Francisco ist eine sehr schöne Stadt mit vielen verschiedenen Facetten. Downtown ist geprägt von Hochhäusern. Chinatown ist direkt daneben und eine eigene kleine Welt. Am Hafen tobt das Leben, dort sind viele kleine Shops und Restaurants, unter anderem Baba Gump Shrimps und ein Shop, wo es diverse Sachen aus dem Film Forest Gump zu kaufen gibt, Alcatraz ist ebenfalls von dort aus zu sehen. Geht man am Hafen weiter an den Piers vorbei, sieht man bereits von weiten die Golden Gate Bridge und viele Parks. Wir sind dann aber bergauf durch die Stadt weiter gelaufen, war zwar anstrengend, aber der Blick über Downtown war unbezahlbar. Das Cable Car fuhr ebenfalls durch die Gassen von San Francisco.
    Jetzt sind wir gerade im Hotel angekommen und machen uns für heute abend fertig (bzw. Lisa, ich schreib in der Zeit mein Roman hier 😜). Gleich machen wir uns auf den Weg nach San Jose zum "The Offspring" Konzert.
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  • Day13

    Schifffahrt und Exploratorium

    September 28, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Die Schifffahrt durch die Golden Gate Bridge und um Alcatraz war sehr kalt und windig. Natürlich, wie schon befürchtet war das Wetter heute noch schlechter wie gestern. (Hase war trotz der Kälte in kurzer Hose und 60ger Trickot unterwegs) 😳
    Vorher besuchten wir das Exploratorium. Ein naturwissenschaftliches Museum, wo wir (mal wieder) zum Kind wurden 😄😂🙈Read more

  • Day12

    Pier 39

    May 18, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Der Pier 39, ein Teil vom Fisherman’s Wharf, ist eine ehemalige Bootsanlegestelle, die mittlerweile hauptsächlich aus Souvenirläden, Fahrgeschäften, Restaurants und einem Aquarium besteht.
    Bekannt ist der Pier 39 aber vor allem für die vielen Seelöwen, die sich auf den Plattformen rum tummeln... 😍

  • Day4

    Pier 39

    April 5, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    A pretty touristic place but worth the visit for the hilarious seal population. Its a contrast between the peaceful female pier where everyone is sleeping and the mostly empty "gladiator ring" where the big boys fight by hilariously flopping at each other until one falls into the bay, usually followed by the other one after knocking himself off balance. We spend probably 45 minutes watching their hilarious antics and then had some local craft beers as any true bay area hipster should (the bar looked like a typical dive bar though and also sold bud light)Read more

  • Day44

    San Francisco Sightseeing 1

    May 26, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    Today I jumped on a city tour bus and drove all around San Francisco. I checked out the famous Pier 39, the victorian style houses and even the Yoda fountain. May the force be with me :)

  • Day6


    May 21, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Mel's zum Frühstück

    Abends 🍅 Suppe 🍜 im Brot 🍞

    Baba Gump 🤓. Lauf Forrest Lauf 😜 Brüllmücken!

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