Thursday, September 24, 2015

Day 35 (19 September 2015)

Lombard Street in San Francisco - how come these vehicles don't tip over is amazing!!

Walking down Lombard Street, San Francisco - the most crookedest street in the world.

At the bottom of the crookedest street in the world - Lombard Street, San Francisco.

Our last neal together as a foursome - Ghirardelli Chocolate haven in San Francisco. Note that Anne is in heaven! 

The San Francisco Bay Bridge from the Golden Princess.

Departing San Francisco on board the Golden Princess.

San Francisco in the background from the Golden Princess.

Passing Alcatraz from the Golden Princess, San Francisco.

Just clearing the Golden Gate Bridge - going under this famous bridge.

The underside of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Made it!!! Just gone under the Golden Gate Bridge.

Saying bye to San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge on board the Golden Princess.

Almost sunset view from our stateroom balcony on board the Golden Princess.

The four of us had our bags pack and left the tonnage in one room before check-out at the Red Coach Motel. As a calculated guess the total bags would have weighed in at 80 kgs – thanks to the accumulated shopping we did over the past 35 days. We caught the local bus to the famous Lombard Street – yes the street renowned for the crookedness street in the world. We actually started from the top and walked down to the bottom. As a final get together we had a dessert attack at the Ghirardelli factory famous for its fine chocolate – and this was at 10 am!!! We tried to take the cable car back to our accommodation but luck was not on our side – apparently the underground cable was damaged and the line was shut-down. That followed was a $28 USD donation to the San Francisco cable car company to the angst of four disappointed visitors. Back to the motel we said our goodbyes and Meng & Choon was collected by their SF friends. Neil & Anne managed to arrange a taxi for the short journey to Pier 27 where the Golden Princess was waiting. It was a full ship, 3,500 in all. The Princess Cruise staff are excellent and tried to smoothly organise the mass check-in over a three hour period. We were allocated stateroom C247, our credit card at the ready and away the ship departed San Francisco at 4:30 pm. Another beautiful day in SF found the ship sailing under the Golden Gate that is a one time excellent experience. The food on board is marvellous – 5 star treatment and some dancing before retirement made a memorable day. What our body weight will be in 28 days’ time is not going to be good. Wifi on the Golden Princess is expensive and apparently slow therefore this post may not make it until one week time when we are in Honolulu. Until then cheers.

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