Saturday, August 29, 2015

Final days in San Francisco

After a good nights sleep I woke up refreshed to tackle San Francisco.  The biking was fun but today I am focusing on touring the city.

It seems the cheapest way to get around the city is on public transportation (ok walking is probably the cheapest but taking the bus is much quicker).
Our first stop today was for breakfast at Pier 39.  It is a pier (go figure) with lots of shops and lots of restaurants.  We have been here before but we had some time to kill before our tour started so it was a good time to explore.  They have some great views of the city and the famous prison from Pier 39.  
Alcatraz Island.

Looks like Coit Tower in the background.
After breakfast it was off to the Ferry Building.  For some reason there aren't any pictures of the building with me in front of it.  Anyway, the Ferry Building has a big farmers market and lots of good food to sample along the way.

Speaking of food, it's time for lunch.  Off to Chinatown for some Dim Sum.  I tried to get my roommates to stop and get me this duck for lunch but they declined my suggestion. 
The Dim Sum restaurant was more like a cafe but the staff was beary nice and patient with all of my roommates questions about this and that.  Chinatown, and San Francisco for that matter, are beary busy cities.  I consider myself lucky to get a picture of the paper lanterns hanging across the neighborhood.  I also visited a Buddhist Temple but no photos were allowed.   Trust me, it was beary cool. 

Last time we came to San Francisco we wanted to go to the Golden Gate Bakery in Chinatown because it has great desserts.  Last time we tried to go there (in August) it was closed for vacation, well guess what?  It was closed for vacation again!  
Someday it will be open when we visit. 

Sad to say, it's our final day in San Francisco.  We have a late flight so that means we have a full day to explore. Let's go!
We started off with a visit to the Mission Delores.  You can take a self guided tour of the old building, it's from the 1790s which is beary old history on the west coast of the US.  
Inside of the old mission building.
A quiet courtyard between the old mission and the basilica.
View of the basilica from the old cemetery.  Beary peaceful.
After the peacefulness of the mission we decided to take a walking tour of the Castro district.  It was an interesting contrast to the mission.  Again I don't know why there are no pictures.  Excuse me while I "discuss" this with my roommates.  

Now that the unpleasantness is over back to our regular scheduled blog.  Next stop is Fisherman's Wharf for a fresh fish sandwich.  They had many touristy shops that we didn't really explore but this bear looks like a cool dude. 
We started walking toward these old ships in the harbor.  Apparently, it's a national park.  How cool is that?  Whoever named this ship is a genius.  After a quick google search it seems that there are lots of vessels named Sea Fox.
As you can see the weather improved today.  The bay is alive with boats.
Interestingly enough we happened to be near a certain chocolate factory.  Luckily, there was some time to explore.  I think we should definitely go into the cocoa building. 

 Oh my, they give out free Ghirardelli chocolate samples.  This place is awesome. 

They have so many different types of candy here. I don't even know where to start and they have a chocolate shop that looks amazing.  I could spend hours here.

San Francisco was so much fun, now back on a bus to our hotel to start our travels back home. 


    I think foxes must make very good pirates, if lots of boats are named after them.....

    1. So true, I would be a great pirate. Thanks Beanie.

  2. Hmmm... free chocolates!! Ooops... did I let the bear out of the bag? heh-heh.... Yum!

    1. It was delicious, actually there were two stores that were giving away free chocolate and took advantage of their generosity at both stores.

    2. Wow! Did you guys all go in separately to maximize the free opportunities? And wear disguises?

  3. Free chocolates! One of our favorite phrases!

    1. I thought of you two at that particular store. Did you two go there last year?

  4. Fish sandwiches.. what type of fish?

    LF, you seem to be floating again in your picture with the chocolate (floating by the tip of your nose). You have done this before with wine glasses however I am still amazed by your balancing skills. How do you do it?

  5. Foxes use their tales for balance. The sandwichss were shrimp and crab (on two separate sandwiches ). Interestingly, no salmon for sale ar Fishermans Wharf.