22.03.2009 - 30.03.2009 16 °C
This last week has gone soooo quickly! hard to believe we only have 3 and a half weeks until we have to fly home!!
We have been pretty busy and seen most of what san fran has to offer us in the way of tourism etc... So we had to leave the fairmont and head down the street a few blocks on the cable car to our cheaper place- the Opal. Which is still pretty nice, except for the first two nights where something in my bed was eating me alive!! apparently pest control found nothing but my itchy bites said different. Obviously we moved rooms and got money back etc!!
So we checked in to the new place and jumped on the bus down to fishermans wharf where there is loads of stuff going on! you have all your typical tourist shops selling a whole world of rubbish and then restaurants serving the famous clam chowder served inside a big round crusty loaf and the sourdough bakery. theres a good walk along the marina wall to get a good view of the city and the wharf and some of the tall ships . We then walked up the hill to ghirardelli square the home of the famous chocolate brand, where we got some free samples and had a look around the posh shops around it! . We also checked out the free musee mechanique where the have all the old games and photo-booths and fortune teller machines etc . After a late night of tom foolery
we had a lie in and then headed out to the golden gate bridge! At over 2miles long its a pretty impressive bridge...apparently if you took all the wire out of the bridge it would wrap round the world 3 times!! we had a bit of a walk over the bridge but not all the way! haha too lazy for that.
it didn't take too long to see the bridge so to fill the afternoon we decided to try and find Mrs Doubtfires house! yes its here, in san fran! exciting times...haha. We walked all around the neighbourhood until we ended up exactly where we started...and as it turned out right outside the house! . Not far from the house is the "crookedest street" so we checked that out as well. We rushed back to the hotel that evening so Jo and Zoe could try to get tickets for a musical. We got to the box office just in time and they managed to get tickets for that nights performance of "Wicked". It is the musical of the untold story of the witches from the wizard of Oz! i think its safe to say they LOVED it!! while they were singing and dancing along to that i got to watch some stuff on tv that i hadn't had chance to watch in 6months...things like boxing etc.
The next day we took the bus in to town and went round a few shops before heading to Golden gate park which is ALOT bigger than we expected! we went through the botanical gardens and walked all the way to the beach near the dutch windmill they have restored . That night we met a couple we met first of all in San Diego, they went on to LA from there where they stayed with the bassist from the Eagles who is related by marriage to Richard. We met for tea in the Cheesecake factory which is really good!! nice huge portions!
Yesterday we went to Alcatraz. I was looking forward to the trip all week! so at 4pm we headed out on the ferry to "the Rock". as you arrive its hard not to see why they though the place was escape proof! you can imagine how intimidating it would have been getting off the boat there. we walked up past the old living quarters to the cell block where we picked up our audio tour of the prison it was the voices of former guards and inmates leading us round the cells were TINY i think 8 by 9 feet...none of the luxury they get these days! the cells in the "special case" block were worse and then there were the solitary confinement cells . The rec yard was the only space for exercise and the doors on the way offer that killer view . They tell you about the escape attempts and the one that was successful where 3 guys made fake heads for their beds and escaped through holes they had scratched out with spoon handles they were never caught and various theories are told about where they ended up (if they made it out of the water). The view of the city would be hard to look at if you knew you could never leave! and the sun was setting over the golden gate bridge as we left .
So tomorrow Zoe leaves for london and me and Jo leave for Seattle/Vancouver!
Speak to you soon!
Love Rob, Jo and Zoe xxxxxxxx