Saturday, July 30, 2016

A Little Art, A Little Sightseeing, and Little Italy

Our last full day in San Francisco was busy as we headed from one iconic view to the next.  First stop: the Golden Gate Bridge.





To escape the rain, we headed to the de Young Museum to enjoy some gorgeous art.



My favorite: arts and crafts furniture.







We bought a 3-day $30 transit pass, and put it to good use, especially on this day.  While we used it for the cable car rides, we mostly rode the city buses on our last day.


Haight Ashbury.  There were a lot of hippie-types still hanging around.



Then we headed to Alamo Square to see the Painted Ladies.  


Three sisters visit the six sisters! 



We headed back downtown to catch the cable car to our next stop.  As it was the end of the line, we got to see the cable car operators turning the cars.




The final stop was Lombard Street.  We actually walked by this spot every day we were in San Fran, as our motel was about a mile down the road.  At night, we would take the cable car to the Lombard Street stop (which is at the top of the street) and then walk to our motel.  It was always at night though, so this was our first time seeing it during the day!




After our photo-op, we walked back to our motel for a little rest.  This road is steep!



After our day full of walking, we were in need of a rest.  But we made one more stop for dinner: we headed to Little Italy for some pizza.




It was a great sisters trip!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Muir Woods, Sausalito, Ghirardelli Square, Alcatraz

There's that song with the lyrics "it never rains in Southern California", but the same cannot be said for the Bay Area.  We had it pretty bad our second day in San Fran, but we tried to make the best of it!

We began with a bus tour to Muir Woods.






I think we bought the very last ponchos in the gift shop.  Lucky for us, because we wore them all. day. long.






Erin took this gorgeous picture:



On our way back from the soggy walk through the woods, we stopped in Sausalito for lunch.



After our bus trip was done, we couldn't resist stopping at Ghirardelli Square.  Beth and Erin got fancy ice cream sundaes.  I was much too chilly for ice cream, so I opted for hot cocoa instead.  



Then it was time to head back to the Wharf




for a night tour of Alcatraz!  But first we had to stand in the rain, yet again.  My shoes were so wet it actually felt like I was walking in a puddle every time I took a step.  Here we are, pouting because we are so wet.


Golden Gate in the fog.


There's those famous hilly streets!





The Rock!













Erin giving me the stink eye, acting all criminal-like.





The library




That would be rough, to see the big city so close, and yet so far away.


One of the dummies left by one of the escapees.


The kitchen



One of the solitary cells.


The highlight of the night tour is a visit to the hospital wing.  Creepy.





This room was the worst.  Straight out of a horror movie.


Then we ended the tour with a demonstration of the opening and closing of the cell doors.



The ferry ride back offered gorgeous views of the city.  


Clam chowder was the perfect way to cap off the evening after walking in the cold all day.

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