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Mission District

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  • Day8

    Up and Down Town

    September 22 in the United States

    Today is a tourist day, we have our City Pass ready and head downtown. First we however stop at the Apple store to pickup my new phone. I was able to reserve one without having to wait in line. The process at the store was very quick. 📱

    Once everything is setup we head to the California Academy of Sciences which is California's oldest museum. This museum has interesting sections to see. We visit the rainforest, the various aquariums and enjoy a nice show at the planetarium.

    After filling our brain with interesting visuals we head over in the park and find something to fill our bellies. After lunch we decide to continue walking in the Golden Gate Park enjoying the various vegetation and activities people are doing on this lovely September day.

    We then head over to the Castro but first we walk through the Buena Vista Park which is a hill in the middle of the city and is the oldest city Park in San Francisco (1867). It's nice to walk in the various neighbourhoods and see the various style of homes. I do not know how they build all these houses with only a couple of inches separating each other.

    In the Castro area we see interesting individuals, some were naked wearing only a small piece covering their most private part. They get lots of looks which is probably what they were looking for. We also see some drag queens all pampered up. No one seems to be taking photos however. We continue walking on the streets in this area and find a nice wine bar where we have a bottle and some snacks to enjoy. Once we are done we walk back to our studio. Lots of hills here... Up and down everywhere we went. 25,000 steps today.
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  • Day10

    Alcatraz aka The Rock

    September 24 in the United States

    Another interesting adventure awaits us today. We are going to take a ferry and get a guided tour of Alcatraz. First super max prison and considered the most secure in USA. The ferry ride is nice, the weather again is great. On our way we have the opportunity to take great pictures of the city and attempt the Golden Gate bridge. Since we have been here the bridge has always been covered with fog. We will try again tomorrow on our way into Napa Valley to see if we can get a clear one.

    Once we arrive at Alcatraz we walk toward the cell block where we are offered a headset with a self guided tour recording. It's pretty well done, we get to hear stories and witness the remnants of the escape attempts made from The Rock. Alcatraz today is now a National Park. It has however started off as a lighthouse, a fortified military site, a military prison, a federal prison, a native American occupation and finally national historic landmark.

    After the tour is complete we take the ferry again, this time we head to Angel Island. This island is now a State Park. It started however for military use, then as a quarantine station and finally an immigration detention facility. To visit the island we ride on a tram where an audio track and a tour guide provide us with the history of the island.

    We take the ferry back to pier 33 riding in the waves. The wind is stronger than this morning and the boat is rocking more than what I expected. It's not bad to the point where we have to hold on for our lives but bad enough that you have to hold on all the time while walking around.

    Once we arrive back on land, Ben decides he would like to go visit Coit Tower. Getting to the tower is a bit of a challenge as you have to find the various steps and they are hidden in behind people's yards. People living here must see lots of strangers in their back yards. Once at the tower we have another great view of SF. We decide not to go up to the top of the tower as the landscape is foggy and we do not think there will be a better view up there. Plus you have to pay to take an elevator to the top. There are no stairs that we are allowed to take.

    From there we decide to visit the cable car museum. It is not far away. It's not a big museum bit it is interesting. All the cables that pull the 4 cable car lines start from this building. You see the motors and pulleys that run at a constant speed of 9.5 mph. I also learn that the brakes are made of pine and that they change them every 2 to 4 days. You do smell the wood burning while riding the cars.

    We start heading back to our studio but first make a stop for some local food. We have to try the burritos from Pancho Villa Taquerilla. We order in advance as the reviews indicate that there are usually lineups here. When we arrive are order is in the queue. We take a couple of the salsas to go and head back to the studio. I was not disappointed, the burrito was great. I was not able to finish it all.

    Another great day ended, tomorrow we head north.
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  • Day7

    Perdus un peu

    September 21 in the United States

    Je ne sais pas si c’est à cause d’une force exercée par notre proximité du Spaceship de Apple, Mais Robert veut un nouveau iPhone 🤔. Après déjeuner et une discussion avec notre hôte sur l’expérience d’être hôte AirBnB, on se dirige donc à pied vers le Apple Park Visitor Centre… encore. Malheureusement (pour Bob), ils ne fournissent que les réservations aujourd’hui. Pour moi, j’avais déjà prévu changer ma montre ⌚️ désuète de 2 ans mais le modèle que je veux ne sera pas disponible avant le 8 octobre.

    On s’essaye donc plus loin, au centre d’achat Valley Fair où ils prennent des “walk-in” sans reservation mais c’est pas mal trop long alors tant pis.

    On est allé voir le NASA Acmes Research Centre qui offre une exposition gratuite près de Mountain View. C’était vraiment pas extraordinaire disons. Le plus intéressant était un vidéo d’une astronaute qui donne un tour guidé de la station spatiale, mais qu’on a trouvé sur YouTube.

    C’est l’heure du lunch et j’ai bien sûr faim alors on arrête à un resto italien pour une pizza (dont on se ramène assez de restants pour un autre dîner). Après quoi on se dirige au parc de (délicieuses) statues Android situé tout près du Googleplex à Mountain View. Pas de trace de la statue de la toute dernière version de Android : Apple Pie. C’est sans surprise puisque cette version est difficilement trouvable sur les appareils mobiles aussi 🤭🤓.

    C’est l’heure de ramener la voiture à SFO. On planifie prendre un Uber au lieu du BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit — aka le
    Métro) étant donné qu’on a 4 sac à dos et un gros duffel bag avec notre stock de camping. OMG, on s’est jamais perdu comme ça dans un aéroport. On a fait tellement de détours pour arriver à trouver l’endroit désigné pour Uber 🙄 j’étais rendu découragé car j’ai l’impression d’avoir tourné en rond pendant plus dun demi-heure. Mais bon on a fini par trouver.

    Sur la route vers notre AirBnB on commence déjà à sentir l’air humide de l’océan et la fraîcheur. Et soudain on commence à recevoir des notifications de tornade à la maison… bof, c’est toujours exagéré et ça arrive jamais ces trucs là… eh bien cette fois c’est arrivé, mais nos amis et famille nous ont rassurés, même si certain ont passé près d’avoir d’importants dégâts. Tous n’ont pas eu leur chance et on leur souhaite bonne chance.

    Notre AirBnB est situé dans le Mission district à environ 20 min en bus du centre-ville. C’est un mini-loft juste pour nous au rez-de-chaussée : l’hôtesse demeure à l’étage.

    Il est 16 h et on décide d’aller tout de suite au centre-ville chercher nos CityPass qui nous donne trout à 3 jours d’accès au MUNI (service de transport par bus/tramway) et 4 attractions pour être prêt pour demain. On fait ensuite un stop au Union Square (non sans être passé par le Apple Store, au cas où il leur resterait des iPhones non réservés : non) et on s’assoit sur un banc où on regarde et juste le monde qui passe 🙃. Il est 17h et on se demande quoi faire 🙄. Mais où est Sarah, notre guide et pour visiter les villes !

    Bon, on marche autour un petit peu et on décide d’aller prendre un verre. On s’arrête au Mikkeller Bar où je me choisi la Berry Me, une IPA aux mûres, et Robert une autre (je ne me rappelle plus quoi) et des saucisses allemandes enroulées de bacon pour casser la croûte 😋

    On revient ensuite au AirBnB en passant par l’épicerie avec quelques emplettes pour déjeuner, lunchs et snacks.
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  • Day1

    Jetlag afternoon

    April 2 in the United States

    So our only plan after getting to our airbnb was to somehow stay away until the evening, so that our internal clocks are set to local time. This meant staying up until 5-6 in the morning by eu time, which was not the easiest as we already woke up at 5... My brilliant idea was to start at the Mission District, which is not really at the centre of town, and then walk into the centre from there. Which started out fine, we had some nice Mexican food, saw some cool murals and houses. But then the walk to town started, and it was some of the dodgyest neighbourhoods we have ever walked through, the streets full of homeless people, druggies, crazies and a random combination of the three - not the best first impression of the city I must say... In the end we made in to union Square, which was a bit more interesting and nice. We also saw our first cute tram too.Read more

  • Day3

    San Francisco, United States

    October 20, 2016 in the United States

    Melhor rooftop para ver o pôr do sol em San Francisco?
    Supostamente seria El Techo, mas tendo em conta o tempo que demoramos a chegar e meia hora a espera para entrar (adoro esperar, até podia ficar só na fila) só vimos umas luzes.
    Bebi um cocktail fortíssimo "Las primas" e a Filipa um vinho branco da Califórnia, muito bom a acompanhar com guacamole.

  • Day96

    Wiedersehen Nr. 12

    June 24, 2017 in the United States

    San Francisco has been wonderful so far. 10 reasons:
    1. Sophie
    2. Sophie
    3. Sophie
    4. Summer and loooooooong days
    5. Sunshine and swimming outside
    6. Long walks
    7. Californian friendliness
    8. San Francisco Pride - A celebration of diversity
    9. Food
    10. Shopping. Yes indeed.

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