The Golden Gate City

Trip Start Apr 08, 2005
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Trip End Apr 09, 2006


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Flag of United States  , California
Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Despite our proximity to San Francisco this morning, the traffic is brutal and it takes almost three hours before we finally pullover.

After a quick bite to eat we wander down along Fishermans Wharf, San Francisco's most popular destination. Known for its historic waterfront, Fisherman's Wharf offers a wide array of things to do. It is known as the 'City by the Bay', it is within minutes of the Maritime Museum, Alcatraz, Coit Tower and the San Francisco Cable Car lines. Fisherman's Wharf offers an incredible view of the San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and the cityscape. We soon learn that the city is almost always covered in a blanket of fog.

Unlike the East coast and midlands of the States, we find that some of the people in San Francisco can be rude and unwelcoming. For example while wandering around some shops we encounter the rudest of people.
1. At a money exchange the girl at the counter refuses to return our money when we won't accept her exchange rate - we would have lost Cdn $40 if we changed our Cdn$140 to US$ and back again. A brief conversation with her manager solves this problem.
2. We enquire about a tripod in an electrical store, only to be told no they didn't have what we wanted, but they did have a lens and filter for the camera. The store guy tries his best to make a sale on the lens/filter, and almost suceeds, that is until he gets very aggressive and starts to curse and swear at us for suggesting that we'd think about it and maybe call back later. There were a couple more examples but we won't rant on.

We go for dinner along the shore before stopping in a few Irish pubs for some Californian Sierra Nevada beers.
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