Monday, April 13, 2009

San Fran Day 2

Yesterday, was a beautiful day. After we got out of our hotel we wandered down towards the water where we purchased two tickets on the Hop On Hop Off Tour. It's a double decker bus and a ticket gives you access to the tour for two consecutive days. The tour part is a recording but still not too bad. We got off at Union Square to tour around and find the highly rated Dottie's True Blue Cafe for breakfast. When you stand right a Union Square you are surrounded by retail giants like Macy's, Tiffany's and Sak's Fifth Avenue. An art show was taking place at the square. Even though it was Easter Sunday there was a lot of people milling around.

We walked toward the vicinity of the cafe. Now the reviews of the cafe said that it usually is a 45 minute-1 hour wait to get in. I guess I didn't really believe it. There was some conversation in the line on how long it would take. Luckily, we met a really nice young couple and her parents who are from San Francisco. We had a great conversation with them and they were quick with the suggestions of what we "must do" and where we "must eat". The young lady had grown up here and she said she is always excited to meet someone who has never been because she loves her city so much. Our wait was 1 hour 15 minutes. Once in service was quick and the food excellent. The sausage was not regular links but a homemade patty with a distinct fennel taste. The young couple ended up getting a table for two right beside us to break up the size of their party. We joked about how they could laugh at her folks in the line and wave at them during breakfast. They were there a few minutes ahead of her folks so it was only right that they got served first. :)

You can see all the people still lined up outside to get in.

After breakfast we wandered back to the Hop On Hop Off and continued on the tour.

City Hall

We had to see the Haight Ashbury district. There was many interesting sights and sounds here I thought I might have an acid flashback...well not really. There was many windows decorated with old rock and roll memorabilia, hippie clothing and lots and lots of drug paraphernalia stores.

Take a walk with us.

Hippie Houses

Not sure who these two were but they looked interesting.

The next stop on our tour was the other side of the Golden Gate bridge. What a beautiful view from here.

San Fran from other side of Golden Gate Golden Gate from San Fran side

Then back on the bus where we got off at Ghirardelli Square which is within walking distance of our hotel. We checked out the square where we both ate ice cream at the Chocolate Shop. I can definitely attest it was excellent.

We bought some Californian wine at Cellar 360 and then headed out on our walk. We watched a wonderful street performer (check out his website Share the Love! What an upbeat guy! He had everyone moving to the beat! Sorry for the poor quality video. Its my first.

We had a quick dinner at Fisherman's Wharf and headed back to the hotel to rest up for Day 3.

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