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San Francisco

Destination Number 1! |

Finally, our journey round the world has begun! We've made it to sunny San Francisco where we're having a great time! We've managed to pack so much into the few days we've been here. The weather has been kind enough to allow us to get out and about and see some of the sights that the city is famed for. Our hotel was a bit ropey on first inspection but we both agreed we'd stayed in worse and to be honest after a few nights in it we've got used to it and don't think it's that bad anymore!

Our first full day we got ourselves some wheels (the push bike variety) and rode over the Golden Gate bridge which is a couple of miles outside of the main city. It was a fantastic ride along the coast on a lovely sunny day. We were on the bikes for quite a few hours and suffered with saddle sore for a few days afterwards - still suffering a bit now!!

We made the trip to Alcatraz the other day which was brilliant. It started off being a really foggy, cold morning which made sailing to Alcatraz quite eerie but it soon gave way to another gloriously sunny day. We did an audio tour around the main cell house which was really good - it was told by ex inmates and guards of the prison which made it even more interesting. We saw the cells of some of the more infamous cons such as Al Capone and The Birdman and got to go into some of the cells ourselves. It was really good wandering round 'The Rock' imagining what went on during it's days as a penitentiary. Once we got back to the mainland we went over to Pier 39 which is the most famous of all the piers and home to a colony of sealions. They were so cute, all huddled up together snoozing! We finished the day off with a ride on one of the famous cable cars (a bit like a tram) where you just hang onto the side for dear life! It was cool but a bit scary in places especially when cable cars coming the other way pass you really closely!!

Another of the city's famous areas that we visited was Haight St., particularly where it meets Ashbury. This was the place to be for hippies in the late 60's and early 70's, and home to some famous musicians such as The Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin. Unfortunately, the area now seems a bit run-down and we got the impression that some people just wanted to cash in on it's history. Most of the people wandering around are homeless or (as you approach Golden Gate Park) drug dealers! Needless to say, we were a bit disappointed with Haight-Ashbury and left pretty quickly!

Tomorrow we're collecting our hire car and driving down Highway 1 to Morro Bay which is about half way between San Fran. and LA. We've really enjoyed our time in SF and will be sad to leave but there's lots more to look forward to! Unfortunately though for now we need to go and do some washing so better sign off and we'll be in touch again soon with our adventures from Hollywood!!

See ya

Scott and Jenni x

Locations Visited: Leighton Buzzard, San Francisco

Hi guys! Glad to hear that you've been doing plenty already. Alcatraz sounds fascinating. I can't believe how small the cells look. Your photos are excellent. I look forward to seeing some more as your travels progress. Have fun! :-)
Posted by: Darren Bond on 25 Oct 2006

Hello U2 So glad to here what a great time you are having and see the really excellent pictures you have taken - can't wait for the next instalment. Love M&D x
Posted by: Marion-Geoff Bickers on 29 Oct 2006

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