Winter Holidays – San Francisco (Day 2)

Day two, and we were up early, having had a mixed night of sleep. I woke in the early hours and struggled to get back to sleep. Jet lag, I guess. The motel had a breakfast room which opened at 8:00, and so we waited for that to open and headed in there. There was not a vast selection; it was mainly cereal, pastries and toast, with tea and coffee also available. But it was enough for us.

After breakfast, we walked to Lombard Street – the famous zig-zag street in the city – up several steep hills.

From this street, we walked downhill to Fisherman’s Wharf area, by the sea. The area is a little like Blackpool sea front. There are seals there, and tourist shops.

We took a boat to the Rock, to Alcatraz. Alcatraz can be wondered around by yourself, though most people walk around the old prison buildings with a free audio tour. First, though we watched a short film about the island’s history. We then proceeded to take the tour, which consisted of listening to accounts of prison life from former guards and prisoners.

Following this – with the weather improving – we took the boat back to the mainland, and had a late lunch of sandwiches. Then we walked along the sea front and to a park not too far from where we were staying.

We then went back to our room to rest, before later heading out for food to a Chinese restaurant before turning in for the night.


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