Winter Holidays – San Francisco (Day 3)

Day three and sleep was beginning to catch up with me. By that, I mean on the first night – the Tuesday – I had suffered from jet lag; on Wednesday I had slept okay but woke up at 02:00 in the morning, and then dozed. We did a lot of walking on day three and it was tiring. I slept better that night, I think.

Today we decided to do the bridge. After breakfast, we went and caught the bus to Golden Gate Bridge. Where our motel was located, it was convenient to get the bus both into the centre of the city and the bus to the bridge as well. You disembark from the bus just before the bridge and walk across it. The weather was cloudy and damp, but the rain held off as we crossed. There is a visitor centre on the San Francisco side, which we looked at first, before crossing.

On the other side of the bridge is the city of Sausalito in Marin county. We crossed the bridge on foot and then took the path under the bridge and around the coast line to the city. It was a distance from the bridge, and maybe took an hour or so to walk to the city proper. One of the popular things that tourists do is rent bikes and cycle across the bridge, then take the ferry from Sausalito back to San Francisco. Instead of cycling, we walked, but we took the ferry back all the same. The weather was still cloudy and damp; there were a few spots of rain but nothing major.

When we arrived back, in fact, the sun came out and it cleared up. We bought lunch from the same place we had it yesterday – we went into a conveniently-located supermarket across the road from Fisherman’s Wharf, and bought some sandwiches and fruit, and sat on benches facing the bay. We popped into the Explortorium, which is sort of like a science museum, but decided to leave it in case it rained another day, for something to do. We did visit the museum’s store though. We then went to the tourist information, got a map of the city and the bus routes, and went to the Museum of Modern Art. I was flagging a little by this time. The museum had an exhibition on modern Chinese art which was quite interesting, and a variety of other exhibitions.

For food in the evening, as we were still downtown, we went to a Mediterranean place, where they sold wraps. We also stopped at one of the Bart stations in the city centre and bought a three-day Muni pass (Muni is the name of the bus and subway system in San Francisco – it stands for Municipal Transportation). The card – a Clipper card – allowed unlimited travel for the following three days and then we could top it up (it became a PAYG card). We took the bus back to the motel after the food and settled down for the night.

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