San Francisco … where hearts were left

I didn’t sleep that well and was up at 6.30 to have a nice hot shower and wash my hair. We helped Jane cook scrambled eggs with spinach and goats cheese for breakfast..yum!

First we checked out these 6 Victorian houses. San Fran was developed during the gold rush then they had an earthquake and all the gas pipes burst and pretty much the whole city burnt down except for these 6 hourses that were above the flames. Then we went to Summer of Love area, Haight and Ashbury St, where free love was flowing in the sixties and where Janis Joplin and Jerry Garcia lived. Now it is full of beggers, poor musicians, people with dogs and secondhand/vintage shops.

We all got a piece of pizza in this little shop that has signed posters of Matt Groeing (Simpsons), Tenacious D and lots more. It’s a really musical city, there are people busking everywhere.

We dropped our bags off at our hotel Adalente then headed down to pier 39 and watched the seals. They were all piled up on top of each other like a big pile of snuggley puppies with flippers. The girls have the cutest faces and the big males were fighting.

Afterwards we went on our bay cruise, Adventurer, that took us around Alcatraz and under the Golden bridge (that is actually red). It was freezing but luckily the boat gave us extra jackets to wear. We had 2 drinks included and a spread of cheese, biscuits, dip and fruit. We got off the boat and went to get some of San Fran’s famous clam chowder in a bread bowl (I got creamy tomato soup,, but Chris had the clam chowder). Then we went to an Irish pub for a beer then caught the cable car home which was super fun. Chris and I went to bar for a drink and everyone else went to bed.

It was really foggy in the morning so we couldn’t go to the look out in San Fran so we drove straight on, only stopping in the gay area, Camero, where everything is covered in rainbow flags.