Lombard St was fascinating. There were loads of people there and it must be really annoying for the poor people who live on it having tourists driving past in a constant flow and pedestrians gawking through their front entrances
. It was really weird to stand in a place I had seen so many times in movies. It was also awesome to drive over the Golden Gate Bridge - another iconic landmark - but it was the coldest and windiest part of the trip and only the hardiest of us survived the top deck. There are so many different areas in SF, all with their own personalities and if we were staying longer I would love to explore Little Italy, Chinatown and the Mission District. The wharf area is extremely busy because of it being Memorial Weekend and 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge. It makes it harder to get around, but there is a real festive atmosphere and loads of street performers.
It's been harder for me to find food I can eat here as a lot of eating places don't seem to understand "gluten-free" like they did in the smaller places, but had lunch at Chipotle (thank you Robyn for recommending) and ate dinner at a little Russian restaurant a few minutes away from the hotel. The staff and other diners appeared to be Russians so that was a good sign and the stroganoff was delicious. Dave worked out what tip to leave very carefully because one of the waitresses looked like an Olympic shot-putter and he was most keen not to upset her in any way!
Bought a ticket for the hop-on, hop-off bus and took the tour of the city. Braved it and sat on the top of the open-top bus and nearly froze to death. It is COLD and windy here in San Francisco and silly me packed T-shirts and shorts for this part of the trip! Good job we had packed thermals for Yellowstone - would be lost without our Icebreakers. Thank you to the NZ sheep who sacrificed their wool for us. I am really enjoying seeing the different types of architecture here in the States. I loved the Spanish style building in S California, and here there are lots of historical buildings. Driving along Van Ness Street was fascinating as one side is all modern buildings and the other side is full of historical ones. Apparently in the big fires after the earthquake Van Ness St was turned into a fire-break and it worked - it saved a third of the city.