Golden Gate Park, Mission Dolores and North Beach …

We were in no hurry to get up early today as the previous couple of days had been rather busy.  We sauntered off in the morning sun for breakfast at Cafe de la Presse as we had so enjoyed our first visit there – the French Toast was delicious!   Having bought a few things during our stay we needed another bag so we headed … Continue reading Golden Gate Park, Mission Dolores and North Beach …

Alcatraz – a brilliant tour of ‘The Rock’…

We had heard many wonderful reports about the tour of Alcatraz so had booked online well in advance to ensure our place. We set off full of anticipation on yet another beautiful morning down to Pier 33 to catch the 10.00 ferry.  The organisation of the tours from beginning to end seemed to be faultless, starting from the boarding process, where orderly lines form according to … Continue reading Alcatraz – a brilliant tour of ‘The Rock’…

Lombard Street and Grace Cathedral …

With the Golden Gate cycle tour ticked off our bucket list we proceeded to tick off a couple more – Lombard Street and Grace Cathedral (and a ride in the California Line Cable car). We have relied heavily on our map to get around, and thankfully Phil has the skills of a homing pigeon. If navigating the streets were left to me, we would be … Continue reading Lombard Street and Grace Cathedral …

San Francisco – a sunny day, Sausalito and the Golden Gate Bridge…

We have become real Uber fans – it is such a quick and easy way to get around in a city you don’t know and it is surprisingly cheap. For today’s much anticipated  trip we had to be at the Bay City Bike depot at an appointed time so Uber made sense. After arriving a little early and checking in, we became part of a wonderful … Continue reading San Francisco – a sunny day, Sausalito and the Golden Gate Bridge…

San Francisco – first impressions…

Impession #1: The homeless population of this city appears to be huge – for whatever reason, there are homeless people everywhere – asking you for money as you walk by, congregating around busy shops like Walgreen’s, Target and local pharmacies, sleeping in doorways or on sidewalks, parks or squares, and sadly, rummaging in trash cans. Many seem to be under the influence of drugs or … Continue reading San Francisco – first impressions…