Covered a lot of ground on my last day in SF, yet didn't acheive much!
Ventured down to Castro, the gay village, and wondered what all the hype is about? If I didn't know it was a gay village, I wouldn't have guessed. Maybe it comes out of it's shell after dark?
Then I walked around Union Square and looked at the fancy shops. Went into Sax on 5th for a sticky beak and saw a dress with a price tag of $4,xxx something. I ignored temptation & didn't buy it, haha.
Next I checked out Chinatown, again I didn't really see what the fuss is about - I couldn't understand anyone & every 2nd shop was a fruit shop.
Next was Ghirardelli Square. Thank goodness for all the public transport options to whizz me between all these places! G.Square is famous for it's G. chocolate. I had a free sample when I walked into the chocolate store, and I must say, it WAS pretty good :-) Just to confirm how good it was, I had a "Nob Hill Chill" shake, "the sundae you can drink". Yup, just as I suspected...delightfully delicious!
Oh the next bit was awesome...a cable car ride (which I've done sections of), but this time I stood in line for over an hour at the starting station, just so I could get a spot at the front, on the standing bar where you're on the outside of the car with the wind in your hair. It was great going down the hills! Weeeeeeeeeeee!! The driver was funny too, which was nice...some of them are sour old sods!
Next I jumped on the F-line street car to head to Twin Peaks for a 360° view of San Francisco. Took me awhile to find my connecting bus, but I got there. Had to climb a lot of rough wooden stairs to get to the top of one peak (with a rest half way, haha), where all the tourists were swapping cameras to take photos. A nice old chap from Japan took mine for me. Of course I couldn't go to Twin Peaks and only visit one twin, so I climbed down and back up the other twin too! It was about 6.30pm and I was going to wait for sunset to see the night view, but it was windy and freezing up there, so canned that idea pretty quick!
Bus & F-line car back to town. A nice local sat next to me who worked at the mint, so he told me some of the history of the coins, and a lot of history of the buildings we passed by & the big earthquake. He should have been a tour guide!
A quick stop at good old Starbucks for dinner & coffee before retiring to my hostel.
The German girl that I lost at Alcatraz moved out yesterday and I shifted to her bottom bunk, so much nicer than climbing up & down - I'm too old for that! We got a new girl - an Aussie from Cairns. She's doing a 3 week southern tour too, but going the opposite direction with Contiki. How funny will it be if we meet in the middle! When I got back tonight I realised the Norway girl, Emily, was gone & there's another German girl, but this one speaks little English.
Got an early start tomorrow, heading over to NY, yay!! Flight is at 10.30, so will have to leave here early to catch a bus & train to the airport. Can't wait! San Fran has been great, but I'm ready for the next! And I'm meeting Becky tomorrow night, she's on my tour & we'll be exploring NY together.