Saturday, September 19, 2015

Day 34 (18 September 2015)

They say that this tall ship was used in the original Bounty film. Located near Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco.

Hilly Hyde Street, San Francisco. One of three cable car lines in the city. Note the cable track in the centre of the rails.

The Stinking Rose Restaurant located in Haight-Ashbury district, San Francisco.

San Francisco City Hall, Polk Street. As grand as a capitol state building!

The Painted Sisters taken from Alamo Square, San Francisco.

View of San Francisco from Twin Peaks Lookout.

Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco.

The Golden Gate Bridge taken from the north-east side of San Francisco.

Our mini tour bus taken at our Golden Gate Lookout, San Francisco.

The tourist attraction town of Sausalito on the northern side of San Francisco Bay.

A great sunny day crossing the San Francisco Bay from Sausalito to Downtown. Showing the extent of the Golden Gate Bridge. 

The dreaded Alcatraz rock taken from the Sausalito to San Francisco ferry.

Skyline of San Francisco taken from the Sausalito to San Francisco ferry.

An old WWII liberty ship “Jeremiah O’Brien” on display near Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco.

A crowded Fisherman’s Wharf scene, San Francisco.

We had a Bubby Gump dinner at Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco – great seafood!

Inside maximum security in Alcatraz, San Francisco.

Famous inmate “Al Capone” listed inside the security cells, Alcatraz, San Francisco.

Choon just released out of solitary in Alcatraz, San Francisco.

Explosive fragment result of the 1946 Battle of Alcatraz, San Francisco. Three inmates and two guards were killed.

Dummy and actual cell where the inmate “Morris” made his escape. Portrayed by Clint Eastwood in the movie “Escape from Alcatraz.

Turning the Hyde and Powell Street cable car, San Francisco.

Riding the Hyde and Powell Street cable car at night, San Francisco.

No Bertha today we are on shank’s pony to our designated meeting point for the San Francisco city tour. It was a good tour around the city with clear weather and saw sites such as: crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, Fisherman’s Wharf, Twin Peaks, Painted Sisters, Presidio, Financial District, Lands End and many other interesting sites around the city. We were dropped off at Sausalito and cross the harbour to Fisherman’s Wharf. Then we boarded the Alcatraz ferry to the “Rock”. An excellent coverage was experienced about the life of inmates who served in the prison over the 29 years. We returned to Fisherman’s Wharf and had a meal at the famous Bubba Gump Seafood Restaurant – an excellent repast. At sunset we walked to the Hyde Pier Terminal and took the cable car to Union Square. Now this was fun, hanging out of an open trolley up and down steep hills at night was great. The trolley system rely on a moving cable between the tracks and a gripman in the trolley uses a handle to “grip” the cable and away we go. We all recommend that any visitor’s to SF should make this a priority to ride a cable car. Well, that’s it for the four of us, tomorrow Neil and Anne will embark on a 28 day journey to Sydney on the Golden Princess. Meng and Choon are staying in SF with their friends for 6 days and return to Oz next Saturday. It has been a jam packed adventure and the best thing about the entire journey was no rain. We don’t know what wifi access we have on board our ship so until we can enter any more posts – cheers.

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