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Market Street Theatre and Loft Historic District

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  • Day203

    San Francisco - Winsor Hotel

    July 22, 2017 in the United States

    Nach einem schönen letzten halben Tag in Sudden Valley und einem sehr ruhigen Flug von einem sehr süßen amerikanischen Provinzflughafen (Bellingham) nach Oakland, erwartete uns die Zeit in Kalifornien. Für uns beide ist es das erste Mal hier. Direkt nach der Ankunft holten wir unsere Rucksäcke. Julias Rucksack wurde mal wieder aufgemacht. Diesmal allerdings von den amerikanischen Behörden, der Sicherheit wegen. Alles ok. Auf zur Bahn und mit dieser bis in die Stadt. Der erste Eindruck war sehr mäßig, viele Bettler auf den Straßen und ungute Stimmung. Im Hotel angekommen, ging das alte Gerede um die Hostelworld-Anzahlung los (Dauerbrenner). Zudem hatte das Interior seine beste Zeit auch schon hinter sich. Es ist trotzdem alles super sauber. Allerdings saßen wir auf heißen Kohlen. 5 Blocks weiter waren Davids Eltern schon seit dem Nachmittag angekommen. Wir haben dann also nach ungefähr 30 Sekunden unser Zimmer wieder verlassen und uns auf den Weg gemacht.

    Im Beresford gab es dann gegen 23 Uhr endlich das große Wiedersehen. Das war schon verrückt, nach knapp 7 Monaten die Heimat in der Ferne zu haben! Wir haben uns alle tierisch gefreut und richtig gute Gespräche, bei gutem Bier, bis tief in die Nacht gehabt. Perfekter erster Abend.

    Nach knappen 5 Stunden Schlaf (das sind wir ja nun gar nicht mehr gewohnt) ging es zurück ins Beresford zu den Eltern, da das Hotel es mit dem Frühstücksgästen nicht so genau nimmt. Julia und David essen also kontinentales Frühstück für Umme bei den Eltern. Top.

    Danach ging es auf zum Cable Car. Die Schlange war allerdings bereits auf stattliche 90 Minuten Wartezeit angewachsen. Haben uns dann für das historische Streetcar entschieden und sind damit zur Fishermen's Wharf gefahren. Sehr touristischer Ort, aber hat was. Jede Menge Seelöwen sehen das genauso und machen eine Show fast wie auf Galapagos. War schon schön zu sehen, dass sowas in einer amerikanischen Großstadt auch geht. Nach kurzer Auskunft über Alcatraz war der Plan klar: auf zu einem Fahrradverleih. Ah... ne: lieber erstmal auf zu In'n'Out Burger. Hier war die Sau raus und jede Menge Andrang. Die Burger waren wie immer wundervoll, auch wenn sie auf sich warten ließen.

    Dann aber los zum Verleih und ab auf die Bikes. Die Golden Gate Bridge war das Ziel. Auf dem Weg entlang der Buchten und des Strandes sahen wir bereits die bekannten Hügel von San Francisco. Dazu später mehr. Was wir auch wahrnahmen war der Wind. Der war schon auf dem Weg ziemlich heftig, allerdings nichts dagegen, was uns auf der Brücke erwartete. Hier gesellte sich dichter Nebel dazu. Es war schwer voranzukommen. Aber auch das haben wir gemeistert.

    Die Brücke an sich, ist ein von vorne bis hinten beeindruckendes Bauwerk. Die Amis hatten in den 30ern wirklich eine riesige Voraussicht was die Stadt an Verkehr noch erwarten würde. Die Konstruktion ist ein Traum jeden Ingenieurs und sieht auch noch verdammt gut aus. Wir waren alle sehr begeistert.

    Auf der anderen Seite angekommen, war es deutlich wärmer und weniger neblich. Der Unterschied war krass. Wir fuhren weiter bis Sausalito. Auch hier gab es natürlich wieder einige Hügel und sehr gute Aussicht auf die Bay Bridge. Die Golden Gate hüllte sich weiterhin in Nebelschwaden. In Sausalito angekommen, war es richtig warm mit schöner Sonne. Wir brachten die Fahrräder auf die nächste Fähre und fuhren mit dieser zurück auf die andere Hafenseite und damit in die Stadt.

    Hier wollten wir die Räder noch etwas nutzen und fuhren zur Lombard Street. Diese ist aus vielen Filmen bekannt und die kurvenreichste Straße, in einem nach amerikanischen Blocksystem aufgebauten Stadtbild. Die Höchstgeschwindigkeit ist 5 Meilen pro Stunde. Um hierher zu kommen, mussten die Fahrräder zunächst aber auf den Berg. David hat sich im ersten von 24 Gängen auf gemacht diese Steigung zu bezwingen und wurde sogar von Passanten angefeuert. Hat geklappt. Die Quälerei hat sich gelohnt, denn der Blick ist der Knaller.

    Berg runter ging es dann deutlich schneller. Nach Abgabe der Fahrräder beobachteten wir noch eine der vielen Bands, die Strassenkonzerte geben. Die Hiwatters haben lässige Surfrockmusik gespielt und ein kleines Mädchen ist vor Freude dazu im Kreis gelaufen. Ziemlich niedlich.

    Auf dem Weg zurück zum Streetcar haben wir uns noch das Rainforest Café angeschaut, welches von innen wie ein Dschungel aussieht mit jeder Menge Plastik Gorillas in Originalgröße. Alle paar Minuten wird ein Donner simuliert und das ganze Café mit den Tieren fängt an durchzudrehen. Ist natürlich gespielt, aber sehr lustig anzusehen.

    Zurück in der Nähe der Hotels gab es dann noch einen César Salat und einen Tee zum
    Aufwärmen. Der Wind hat uns heute alle ganz schön frieren lassen. Frank hat sich zwischendurch sogar einen Pullover gekauft, um der Kälte auf dem Fahrrad zu trotzen. Der Nebel und die Wolken in der Stadt verändern sich durchgehend und sind teilweise wirklich sehr tief. Nach einem Abschluss IPA in der bekannten Hotelbar ging es ab ins Bett.
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  • Day16

    San Francisco

    January 19 in the United States

    We had the best day in San Fran today! We started our day at Alcatraz and did an audio tour of the cells wearing head phones, which told us all the stories and events of what happened. We then headed back on the ferry just in time to head to the fisher mans wharf near pier 39 for some fish and chips for lunch.
    After lunch we headed fraught to the Golden Gate Bridge to get a photo so we could tick another thing off our bucket list ✅ once we finally got to see the bridge without any fog(carl) lying around we headed to Hyde st to catch the tram up to union square where we did a bit of shopping. We walked back to Lombard st where he worlds craziest st lies with all its bends and on the way walked through China town. We eventually made it back to where we fist got on the tram and then headed towards where we are staying to get ready for a Chinese dinner!
    All in all it was an amazing day exploring all that San Fran has to offer 🙌🏽
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  • Day25

    Angus turns 18

    December 8, 2017 in the United States

    This morning we went to Sear’s Fine Food for breakfast. We all had pancakes - Ian had the Swedish Pancakes with crispy bacon, and Angus and I had the buttermilk pancakes, Angus with strawberries and me with bananas. Tonight we will be going to an Italian restaurant to celebrate further.

  • Day25

    Angus's Birthday Dinner

    December 8, 2017 in the United States

    I had given Angus a list of restaurants to select from for his birthday dinner. He decided on E TUTTO QUA, which was on located Columbus Street and across the road from the City Lights Book Store. We arrived just before 8pm, and were warmly greeted by the Maître D - I mentioned we were celebrating Angus’s birthday, but that was it. Our table wasn’t quite ready, so we were asked to take a seat at the bar. The place was so noisy you couldn’t hear yourself think. We ordered drinks, and were ushered upstairs about 10 minutes later. All the staff were very friendly and the food was delicious. When we ordered dessert, the waiter asked me Angus’s name, and when they brought dessert they had a candle in his and sang him happy birthday, with the whole restaurant joining in - I am pretty sure he enjoyed it. Over the evening there were at least three other birthdays celebrated.

    On the way back to the hotel, we walked through Chinatown, which was practically deserted, which made it an easy thing to do as the footpaths are very narrow.

    We have done most of our packing, so not too much to do in the morning. We hope the LA fires don’t cause any issues with flights. Atlanta Airport had to cancel 900 flights today due to snow. It is crazy, southern states like Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi (to name a few) are experiencing snow, and Southern California is experiencing wild fires with humidity at 1-2%, which is so low.
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  • Day20

    San Francisco

    December 3, 2017 in the United States

    We headed out about 10 am this morning, and decided to get a cable car down to Fisherman’s Wharf. There was a bit of a wait, and we started chatting to a couple of lovely women from LA - this made the time go faster. We finally got on a cable car and started the journey up Powell Street and down Hyde Street - we passed Lombard Street (the most crooked street), and saw some great views of the city and the Bay.

    Once off the cable car, we walked around Fisherman’s Wharf, and decided to go on a tour of the Bay on a small fishing charter boat that was captained by Adrian and Patrick, and Luna their dog. There were about 16 of us on the boat, and we were taken out to and under the Golden Gate Bridge, and then around Alcatraz, before heading back to the wharf. It was a glorious sunny day, and a really fun cruise - much better than some of those big boats that are so crowded. After the cruise, we walked along the Embarcadero for a while, then cut across Sanome Street to Market Street, and then up to 3rd Street. On the way we passed my favourite chocolate shop, See’s Candies. I will be making a visit or two to this store over the week!

    We got to SFMoMA about 2.30 pm, and spent the next few hours wandering through this most beautiful space. Gorgeous building and wonderful exhibitions. We saw a couple of the exhibitions - Side by Side - artists paintings of themselves with someone special. We saw Louise Bourgeois Spiders, Walker Evans photography exhibition, a Robert Rauschenberg exhibition, and then some great Warhol pieces and some other great works by Matisse, Miro, Dali, Warhol, Lichtenstein and many more.

    After finishing our visit to the Museum, we popped back to the hotel for a quick refresh and change, before heading back to the SFMoMA restaurant - In Situ - for dinner. And, what a dinner it was! All the dishes were based on recipes from internationally renowned chefs. We had a number of dishes which we shared - Dadinhos de Tapioca, Apocalypse Burger, Fried Fish Cake with Ginger Scallions, Lamb Shank Manti, Fine Herb Salad, Beef and Pumpkin Mole, and then for dessert Angus and I had "Interpretation of Vanity" - moist chocolate cake, cold almond cream, bubbles and cocoa, and Ian had "Parsnip and Apple" - a dish by Dan Hunter from Brae in Victoria - the desserts were wonderful. Ian’s only complaint was that there wasn’t enough!

    It was a great end to a wonderful day.
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  • Day20

    Dinner at in situ

    December 3, 2017 in the United States

    We had a delicious dinner at the Michelin star restaurant attached to SF MoMA. Great dishes from top chefs from around the world, including our own Dan Hunter from Brae. We enjoyed all the dishes it was a real treat and the service was fabulous.

  • Day23

    Alcatraz

    December 6, 2017 in the United States

    Today we set off just before 9 am, to head down to Alcatraz Landing near Pier 33 for our trip out to Alcatraz. We spent a couple of hours on Alcatraz. We did the opposite to most of the crowds, and walked around the gardens and parade ground, and made our way up to the cell blocks via stairs - it was much more peaceful and enjoyable, and less crowded.

    By the time we started our self-guided tour, the crowds had lessened considerably. We made our way through the various cell blocks, the library, visiting area, isolation, administration area, exercise yard, and dining room. During the tour we heard accounts of the harshness of “The Rock”, and the attempts to escape (most were unsuccessful). We also got to meet prisoner #1259, William G. Baker, a former inmate at Alcatraz who had written a book and was there to sign them. He ended up on The Rock because he had escaped from other penitentiaries. He is now 80 years old, and “out to pasture”. I asked him if he had another book in him, and he said he has sketched out an outline, but he said he is busy signing books and traveling, so needs to allocate the time. His first book took him 2 years to write.

    We headed back across the Bay, and had lunch at Boudin, and then we did a quick wander through Pier 39, before walking back to our hotel, with a stop at See’s Candies to stock up and sample a couple of things😃

    As Ian is a little under the weather, he had a rest at the hotel while Angus and I went to the movies to see Justice League. We had an early dinner at a local diner, and a quiet and early night. We walked about 23,000 steps today and we are all a bit tuckered out.
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  • Day24

    Lunch at Tony's Pizza

    December 7, 2017 in the United States

    Since we were wandering around Little Italy and North Beach, we thought we would try to get into Tony’s for lunch. I had tried to go there on previous visits to San Francisco, but the waiting times had been ridiculous - today we walked straight in and got a table. We were not disappointed-, the pizza was excellent, especially the Margherita.

  • Day24

    Downtown and Little Italy

    December 7, 2017 in the United States

    We had planned to revisit Haight Ashbury and the Castro today, but I had a bad night last night and am still not feeling 100%, so we decided to stay downtown and just wander around the streets. We decided to get Angus a Daniel Wellington watch for his birthday, and there is a store downtown, so we visited the store and Angus chose a watch. He really likes watches, and is getting a bit of a collection.

    We then headed up Grant and Kearny, and made our way to the City Lights Bookstore where we bought a couple of books. Afterwards, we walked up Stockton to Tony's Pizza, and decided to have lunch there as it had been recommended to us by Charles our tour guide, and others, as a great place for pizza. It was delicious. They have about six ovens - wood fired, coal fired and convection in a range of sizes. Tony has also won the world championships for his Margherita in Naples, and he only makes 73 of these each day. We were fortunate to be able to order one. The reason he only makes 73 a day is that he uses a special flour, and one box of this flour produces enough dough for 73 pizzas.

    We then headed back to our hotel for some R & R via the Blue Bottle cafe for a coffee - well worth the detour. Tonight we had dinner at Cafe de la Presse, a French restaurant, which was very nice. When we got back to the hotel, we Skyped the grand parents so they could wish Angus happy birthday and I think they were both happy they got to speak with him.
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  • Day25

    Alamo Square

    December 8, 2017 in the United States

    We caught an Uber to Steiner Street so that we could take photos of the beautiful San Francisco "Painted Ladies" houses from Alamo Park, with the city of San Francisco as a back drop. There were a few people there with the same idea, but it wasn’t too crowded.

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