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USA - San Francisco, California

semi-overcast 25 °C

What an amazing city!! We felt as though we'd been transported into Europe or South America. The majority of the city was destroyed by an earthquake and resulting fire in 1906. But you wouldn't know looking at the city today. The city is defined by pockets of bohemian neighbourhoods, downtown business district, Chinatown, little Italy, sunny hilltops, trams (or 'cable cars' as they're called here), Colonial buildings mixed together on a peninsula being lapped at the the Pacific Ocean. We wore our feet out on a full day walking tour (from our guidebook) exploring the city - and I think it's the best way to see San Francisco!


On our second day we took our bikes in and rode along the foreshore lined with piers. The Ferry Building is a busy upscale market place, fun to walk through and we picked up a coffee from the popular Bluebottle cafe (well worth the line). Seafood Chowder was a must-do tourist stop at Pier 39, served in gigantic cob loaves! With our stomachs full we were ready to visit the infamous Alcatraz Island. A 15 minute ferry ride took us onto the island where we began our audio tours (All visits out to Alcatraz include ferry and audio tour, and tickets must be purchased a few days to a week in advance).

"The Rock" as it's known, began its days as a lighthouse, but is more widely known as it housed a high level security prison from 1933-1963. The audio tour was really interesting and a little spine-chilling with accounts from inmates and prison guards. Back on the mainland we rode further around the coast and across the Golden Gate Bridge - one of two gigantic bridges leading into San Fran, before watching the sun set over the city. That's when we realised we were 15kms away from home without any bike lights...


Posted by TheNomadWay.com 17:00 Archived in USA Tagged san francisco alcatraz

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