Half the team got up early and enjoyed the lovely muffins Shana had made for us, then went off to the shop while the other half got up and got ready for our first full day in San Francisco. We then all had breakfast number two before heading off down Market street to Fisherman’s Wharf, catching a trolley bus all the way round the water front to Pier 39. Pier 39 is a very touristy place with some interesting tack, lots of bustle, some fabulous views and a lots of seals.
After the classic lunch of soup in a sour dough bread casing we strolled round the water front a little further to go up the hill to the most crooked street, stopping off at the cannery for an ice cream. As the cable cars were all full, it was a steep walk, although half of the group were a bit naughty and being slightly in front managed to jump on one for a short ride! All arriving at the wiggly street (you know the one it is in so many films!) we walked down it, a little disappointed that the only reason you could see it was so wobbly was that lots of cars were traveling down it and they protruded above the bushes and flowers.
From here we went on to Lombard street that led up to the Coit Tower (a lady called Lillie gave this to San Francisco because she loved it so much). Here there were great views including a better one of the crooked street.
Heading down the other side we walked through some lovely gardens on Telegraph Hill, through Jackson Square and the Historic District and into China town, popping in and out of shops as we went along eventually emerging out onto Market street to catch a trolley bus back ‘home’.
That evening it was great to meet up with current San Francisco resident and ex studio mate of JSN member Rebecca and go out for Baritos (apparently a San Francisco version to add to the Mexican dishes). Delicious! We stopped off on the way back for a beer and then headed back home to bed after a full day’s sight-seeing.