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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Day One - San Fransisco

Hi girls!

Sorry this post wasn't ready for you when you woke up this morning. Daddy and I got back to the hotel at around 11:00 last night and we were so tired we just went to sleep. Now we are sitting in the Starbucks across  the street from our hotel having breakfast and using their free internet! Yay free WiFi!!

Here is a quick recap of our trip so far ...

Daddy at the airport. We were delayed slightly due to fog in San Fransisco.

Our airplane.

Our hotel room.

Once we'd checked in to the hotel we headed out in search of some lunch. We are really close to the water so we headed down to the Ferry Building which is on the Embarcadero - the street that runs alongside the docks. There was a farmer's market going on and we found a food stand that was selling 1/4 rotisserie chicken with potatoes.

Our lunch.

Daddy thought it was yummy!

There I am!! :) That bridge is the Bay Bridge.

After lunch we got on the tram (a very nice couple gave us their transit passes!) and took it to the end where we could walk to Fisherman's Wharf. This is an area of the town with TONS of seafood restaurants and touristy type shops. Lot's of fun things to look at and buy (hint, hint, hint!)

Can you see the sign on top of hte building behind Daddy? It says Ghirardelli. They are makers of fine chocolate (and mustard but who really cares about that, eh?) We headed over to Ghirardelli square and I indulged in an icecream. Yum!

Then we hopped on this Cable Car to take up us a seriously steep hill to see Lombard Street. This is the "crookedest" street in the world!

Here I am at the top of it looking out over the city.

And there's the street. Pretty crooked, eh?

We made our way back to the waterfront and a place called Pier 39 which was full of fun shops, restaurants and arcades (ask Grandpa what those are!) There is also a population of sea lions living there! I took a little video which will hopefully upload by the time I finish this post and I'll put the link here.

Then it was time to catch our ferry tour over to Alcatraz!! Alcatraz was used a maximum security prison about 80 years ago. It's in an island in the middle of San Fransisco Bay so it's pretty hard for the prisoners to escape!

We got several different views of the Golden Gate Bridge over the course of today but this is how it looked last night from the boat. Not too golden and partly hidden in low cloud. Pretty typical. Maybe I'll get a better shot today or on Tuesday when we are going to be driving over it!

Do you see the white rocks? Do you see the little black specks on the white rocks? Those are sea birds called cormorants (with a healthy dose of sea gulls too) and they are the readon the rocks are white. Years and years of bird poop!!! Eww!!

Welcome to Alcatraz!!

This is what one of the cells looked like. Should we redecrate your rooms like this?

I tried to get Daddy locked up! Just kidding!

This is what one of the rows of cells looked like. They called this row "Broadway".

Taken from Alcatraz, this is a view of San Fransisco. It looks pretty grey here because the evening was grey (and cold!) but it is a beautiful city. I know you girls would love it!

Okay, that's it! Today we are going to explore Union Square and Chinatown before driving to Napa Valley. I got Grandpa's email and it sounds like you had a fun day yesterday with your cousins. Glad you are being good for Grandma and Grandpa!!
Have fun today! You should be back from swimming now so I hope that went well.
We love you and miss you!

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