In case you weren’t already aware, the Alvarez family LOVE road-trips in the US. This trip I’m vacationing with my DH, my daughter Miss 16 (who’ll be Miss 17 by the end of the trip) and Miss 16’s bestie, Tee. We flew into San Francisco yesterday and after a quick visit to our hotel to change our travel-weary (read, stinky) clothes, we walked to Alamo Square to see the Painted Ladies houses on one side of it. Cue Full House theme music, though the teen girls are too young to have watched it.
Painted Ladies at Alamo Square.
Today we walked down to Union Square and then through China Town. After the obligatory souvenir shopping, we walked to Powell Street to catch a cable car – another must-do before you can say you’ve been to San Francisco, according to our cab driver! DH and the girls scored a spot standing up on the outside of the cable car, while I was happy to take an inside seat.
Love the name of this shop!
Once we got to the end of the line, we ordered a Uber and headed to the Golden Gate Bridge visitor center. We had a beautiful blue sky above us as we strolled over the bridge, and plenty of dodgeball practise as we avoided being bowled over by the squillions of cyclists crossing the bridge. On the other side, we’d wrongfully* assumed that it’d be easy to just get an Uber back to the city. Nuh, uh. We couldn’t get an Uber or a taxi, so in the end for $40 we caught a ride with one of the double-decker hop-on-hop-off buses and got half of the guided tour back to Union Square in the city!
Yes, Miss 16 will kill me later – but in my defence she did pull the face while I had my phone pointed at her… 😉
Family photo op!
One of the things I’ve enjoyed most so far is chatting with the lovely Uber and cab drivers about their city – they’re really friendly folk on the whole. Another driver took us through rush hour traffic down to Pier 39 where we did a little more souvenir shopping before gawking at the sea lions. As you do. Dinner at a pizza place, a walk through the colourful craziness of the pier and then back to our hotel room for the night. Looking forward to another day in San Fran on our return trip before heading back to NZ next month.