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Trip Start Dec 21, 2009
43Trip End Jul 17, 2010
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The last few days have been taken up by us seeing the sights of San Francisco. We’ve eaten a lot of fast food, with a visit or two to Carls Jnr (my favourite fast food burger joint on the West Coast)
We took a twilight tour of Alcatraz. It’s much smaller than you expect it to be. It only ever housed 300 inmates at any one time so it only has one actual block. They take you over on a ferry and there are guides there that walk you around and tell you all the stories. Alcatraz was pretty cool but I’m sure it would have been cooler if we grew up in America where there is a lot of mystique, legend and drama that goes with “The Rock”. Maybe it was just the jetlag that was making me a little groggy. There was a video that we were shown just before we left the island. If I have to be honest, I didn’t stay awake for most of it.
As everyone has seen in the movies, San Francisco is full of hills. I’m sure we’ve covered most of it on foot. Actually, I can’t remember ever going down any of them, just up and up. But we needed that to work off the fat that we’ve been eating in the past few days. If only the guys I do the lunchtime hill sprints could be here to experience this. This city is a hill sprinter’s dream.
I absolutely love some of the ads on TV here
If you‘re suffering from depression, help is at hand. Try zoloflax (name made up so that I don’t get sued). Zoloflax has been shown to provide significant changes in mood for sufferers of depression. Please be warned that some cases of permanent blindness, significant hair loss and increased rates of heart attacks have occurred. Also permanent paralysis, massive liver damage, kidney failure and intestinal ruptures have been reported. Some people may experience memory loss and an increase in suicidal thoughts. Others might also experience severe skin irritation or bloatedness. In some cases, this medication might make your condition much worse than it currently is, while some people have experienced multiple psychotic episodes. If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact your healthcare professional.
Wow, a drug that does all of this? You’d have to be really desperate or have a broken Risk-Reward meter to try these drugs.
Golden Gate Park and Golden Gate Bridge is a nice combo to be done together. Best to do one of the locations then catch a bus because it could be quite a walk. The park is nice place with plenty of ponds and lakes and flowing water throughout. The bridge is an impressive structure. I can see why this is supposed to be the most photographed bridge in the world. The bridge itself jumps out from the bay, with one side showing you the Pacific Ocean and the other with a very picturesque San Francisco city with all of its rolling hills
For Tuesday evening, Nic organised some tickets to the Nutcracker by the San Francisco Ballet company with Tchaikovsky’s music. Apparently, watching the Nutcracker is quite a San Franciscan thing to do around Christmas time. It was pretty good. So many family movies rip off the music from the Nutcracker. No doubt, those numbers were the most popular.
It was then a nice walk back to the hotel where we got to meet the homeless, drunk and drugged up San Franciscans. I would have taken some pictures but I wanted to respect them in the privacy of their own home. I’m also sure that we would be one camera down pretty soon after snapping the picture. Needless to say that being homeless in this city would be a tough gig, it’s bloody cold and windy around here.
Another touristy thing we did was to catch a cable car on the Hyde St – Powell St cable line. Nic got a great seat while I hung out the side. The cable cars here are very popular with the tourists. The cables run underneath the road and never turn off so there is always this whirring sound coming from underneath the road
Dining at Fleur de Lys, the Hubert Keller restaurant was a belated anniversary gift to each other and it was a place that we have been hanging out to eat at for ages. We did the 5 course dinner and it was truly awesome. Everything was spot on, the food, the service and decor was well worth the deposit on a small house that we paid for it. That also means that now I can throw away the leather shoes and formal pants that I brought along just for this dinner.
Next stop is Christmas Day and we’re flying to Mexico City. A Merry Christmas to our friends and family back in Australia. We miss the Aussie summer and Christmas celebrations. Please have plenty of yummy king prawns for us.