Fun packed day ahead we set off for morning coffee at Francis Ford Coppolas cafe Zoetonis - it's gorgeous and he and his daughter use the upstairs part of the building when working as an office - the Godfather was created here - you can't miss it it's a proper Italian style green building set amongst modern offices with the trans American building next to it.
George Lucas has worked here also - so exciting! We stroll in for two Americanos at only $3 each and soak up the authentic Italian atmosphere - it's just like a cafe you'd expect to see in a major Mafia movie. Pictures of movies they've done and the man himself don the walls as we'll as a range of his own wine brands from his own vineyard ... of course!
The waiter says they don't tend to hire fans they want it as relaxed and un-phased as possible as Francis Ford Copola is here often - how can you not be a fan!! We move on and make tracks for China town which is a must see - it's so colourful and vibrant - we stop at a well-known fine arts store which was renamed due to the excessive spending of a well-known celebrity basically buying out the shop - if you've ever seen the documentary with Martin Bushier for the BBC you'll have guessed it's called ...Michael. Matts prancing around all the gold foreign decor imported from Italy, China, Africa - you name it.
We find our way to the next bus stop for our big bus and head to Alamo park which is home to 6 gorgeous Victorian style houses known as the painted ladies - everyone is picnicking on the hill staring at the picturesque scene but we've gotta make tracks so it's back on the bus to haight street. This is fab - steeped in music history it was home to Jimmy Hendrix (Matt buys a plectrum case from a music store next door to Jimmys' old house) and George Harrison - it was the centre of music especially in the 60s with Jimmy, Janos Joplin and Jerry Garcia. It's buzzing. Matt gets a slice of pizza and soda for $4 - he's shocked at the generous size for the price.
We move on heading back to base at the big bus depot ready for our next trip on the night tour which is more of a sunset tour if you get the 6.30 bus - strongly recommend it and make sure you get there early and wrap up warm!! We get a top deck seat and it's shows us the Golden Gate Bridge from treasure island at sunset - so stunning, it's magic! We see Alcatraz which needs a 3-week advanced booking and drive by Pacific Heights where the celebs like Sean Penn, Lars Ulrich and Whoopi Goldberg live.
The bridge is magic - we drove over it during the day also and it's just so breath-taking - painted "international orange " chosen to blend in with its environment it's named golden gate because of the body of water it's over. It's 1.7 miles long - we don't walk it - we're blown away on the bus crossing it though and dressed like we're off to the Artic.
We head back and meet Adam and Spring heading back for a tipple before bed but stopping on route to see the view of San Francisco at night all lit up from Twin Peaks - you have to do this if you're in the area and bring a bottle of whiskey or a flask of hot chocolate - it's stunning and truly gives you the best understanding of the sheer scale of this city.