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travler San Francisco - A travel report by Del
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San Francisco,  United States - flag United States -  California
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It takes me about 1 ½ hours to drive from Sacramento to San Francisco, (90 miles). The population is about 800,00 people, (including the people who live in North Bay.


China Town
China Town
The San Francisco Bay Area is know as The Bay. One of the best things about San Francisco is that you can be in a museum in the morning and on a mountain in the afternoon.

You can walk, try a cabel car, a bus or a taxi. There is a lot of ways to see San Francisco.


Marine County is a place I like to hike this is the place for you. There are several trails that you can follow. This is a beautiful trail that passes through some of the tallest redwoods in the world

The Museum of Modern Art has traveling collections.


Favourite spots:
Lunar New Parade
Lunar New Parade
Union Square is where the ladies who lunch and the rich people go to shop and eat. I come here to see live theater. There is a large amphitheater, granite pedestals on which street entertainers perform and a tree and flower-lined boulevards.

Golden Gate Bridge is golden orange bridge is the landmark of this bay city. You can either rent a bicycle or walk on the pathway alongside the bridge. This is a tole bridge and you pay $6.00 to cross it in a car, truck or bus.

The Bay Bridge is the longest steel high-level bridge in the world. On the other side is Oakland.

Golden Gate Park was named after the Bridge, this park is one of the most versatile parks in the city. It is so large that one cannot cover the whole park in a single day without getting exhausted.

Lombard Street is known as the "crookedest" street in the world. You will see quaint Victorian houses. This street is often used in movies when you see cars flying over the bumps! You can walk down the stairs.

What's really great:
Crabs
Crabs
Japantown has restaurants, sushi bars, and karaoke lounges, shops offering merchandise from Japan. The is art, antiques, kimonos, jewelry, books, gifts, toys, apparel, auto accessories, records, tapes, CDs, and DVDs. I come here to the spa that gives me a shiatsu massage. I go to a Japanese supermarket to buy green tea, sushi and sticky rice. There are eight movie theaters.

Haight-Ashbury is where the hippies lived in the 1960. Some people never grow up so you will still see the "flower children" here. The shops are filled with interesting bookstores, arts and crafts shops and cafes. If you want to take a tour it is free.

North Beach is a neighborhood that has kept the beatnik feeling. This area was rebuilt by Italian immigrants after the 1906 earthquake. The Italian cultural influenceis evident in the tons of cafes and restaurants.

Treasure Island , (owned by the Navy), is a man made island off Bay Bridge. It is an amusment park.

Sights:
Cabel Car
Cabel Car
Palace of Fine Arts is a beautiful piece of architecture. Even if you are not interested in arts & science you will find it interesting. In this area there is this small lake which has bluish green water!

The Museum of Modern Art has traveling collections.

You must take a ride on the famous SFO cable car. It is an amazing feeling zooming down the slopes of SFO! It is almost like a ride in a theme park!

Accommodations:
Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge
I stay at the Holiday Inn at Fishermans Wharf. This is the oldest hotel on the Wharf and I continue to stay here because I feel comfortable.

My room was painted lime green. The quilt, two seat sofa where a plum color with pink flowers on it. The leather chair was and olive green and so were the drapes. The carpet was a light green. TV, a data port connection for a computer, coffee maker, phone, microwave oven and a mini refrigerator

The bathroom was decorated in the same colors as the bedroom. There was a toilet, tub/shower, a sink with a basket of amenities in it. A round small mirror came out of the wall, (next to the mirror), and it had a non-fog finish. Next to it was a hair drier.

I like to have breakfast of lunch at Denny's restaurant and have a drink at the Bristol Bar and Grill.

It doesn't matter if I come alone or bring a lady friend I pay $142.00 per night plus 15% VAT,(Value added Tax).

Nightlife:
Mission St.
Mission St.
One of the best place to go at night is The Castro area. This is a gay and lesbian neighborhood is filled with interesting cafes, bars and shops. I like to come here to dance, (I always bring a girl friend) and to go to the Castro Theater. It has a round the year film festival. Address: Castro and Market Streets. is the heart of the Castro, San Francisco, California. Phone: 415-391-2000

Beach Blanket Babylon has along running cabaret performance at Club Fugazi. Address:678 Beach Blanket Babylon Boulevard (Green Street), Club Fugazi. Tel: 415-421-4222

If the San Francisco Giants are playing foot ball I go see the game.

Hangouts:
Crusie Ship coming into port
Crusie Ship coming into port

There are a lot of expensive shops in every part of the city. I like to save a buck so these are where I shop:

"JC Penny" has reasonable priced trendy merchandise and furniture.

"Walmart" has the cheapest price for food, cloths, glitzy jewelry and shoes.

"Sears" has better made cloths and shoes. They have the best price for electronics

My favorite is "Target". Open any magazine, (even ones that have movie stars in them), and you'll find copies of the cloths, shoes and bing.

Ghirardelli chocolates makes the best chocolate, ice cream and special coffees.

Frjtz Fries makes Belgian fries with gourmet dipping sauces & Belgian beers.

In & Out Burger is a burger chain. It is not like the regular fast food chains. You'll find them everyone.

Dunkin Donuts you'll find them every where.

Restaurants:
Marina
Marina
I go to Janpantown to eat at Benihana, (in the Kintetsu Mall). I sip on saki, (rice wine), while I watch them grill my chicken. Izumiya, (Kinokuniya Bldg) makes okonomiyaki, (a Japanese-style pizza). I eat this while I drink a big bottle of Sapporo Beer.

I go to Chinatown to eat at "Bangkok Best Thai Restaurant", "Broadway Dim Sum Café"and Tandoori Mahal Indian Restaurant is where I come to eat their “karela chicken & naans,”.

Fisherman’s Wharf is where I go to eat at Ana Mandara the Vietnamese restaurant that the actor, Don Johnson owns. I like their Pacific sea bass that is cooked in a banana leaf and covered with ginger and mushrooms. I drink San Francesco's famous "Steamer Beer" here,"

Cioppino's on the Wharf" makes the best home made pasta, I have a chocolate martini before dinner and America's oldest Italian restaurant, Fior d'Italia, they make the best .

Other recommendations:
Painting I bought at the Art Gallery
Painting I bought at the Art Gallery
Fisherman’s Wharf is where all the cruises start. The fishing fleet is docked on the Jefferson Street promenade. You can visit the Wax Museum, Haunted Gold Mine, Laser Maze and Medieval Dungeon. Admission is free.

Pier 39 1s an open air market that has rides, entertainment, restaurants, shops and street entertainers. Near the abandoned docks you can see a colony of sea lion. This is where you can take the ferry across the bay to Alcatraz or Tiburon.

Palace of Fine Arts is a beautiful piece of architecture. Even if you are not interested in arts & science you will find it interesting. In this area there is this small lake which has bluish green water

Point Reyes is a beautiful spot around 2 hours from SFO. There is a light-house that overlooks the ocean below.

East Bay are is where most of the white population moved to because of the problems in down town San Francisco.

Sorry I wrote to much... try www.sanfrancisco.com

Published on Friday March 2th, 2007


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Sat, Mar 10 2007 - 05:54 PM rating by eirekay

Del, Terrific overview of San Francisco! I too adore Muir Woods - one of my favorite quick hikes! Living so close (San Jose) I often forget to enjoy SF - this is a good reminder!
Eire

Sat, Mar 03 2007 - 11:36 PM rating by mink_risa

Nice and informative report... I plan to go to San Francisco next year. Definitely I will have to come back to your report before I go. I wont miss China town and Japantown there for sure. Dim Sum is the must in every China town...

Sat, Mar 03 2007 - 04:56 AM rating by rangutan

A nice report with very impressive professional photography [3.8] note, the GG toll is $6 since Feb 2005 (and the Sacremento Bus/LR daypass up from $3 to $6 too)

Fri, Mar 02 2007 - 11:28 PM rating by trekkerman

so much to do in S.F. your report does make me want to visit a place i previously thought not worth it. maybe because of the bigger place names around a bout the region. as a foodie i liked your reporting on the various restaurants, especially the japanese cuisine.
looks like i'll be earmarking S.F. thx del.

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