Monday 5 December 2016
I don’t have a lot of plans today – I just want to see Dragon’s Gate and I want to ride on the whole length of the California line cable car.
I got on one of the Powell Street cable car lines and got off at Bush Street. It was only a two block walk down Bush Street to Dragon’s Gate.
Dragon’s Gate at the intersection of Bush and Grant
I walked through the gate and up Grant Avenue. There were some interesting garden sculptures for sale, they even offered world wide shipping.
I continued to walk up Grant for two blocks until California where I grabbed a cable car headed to the end of the line at Market Street, through the financial district
This area is the financial district and there are plenty of great old buildings
Something I never, ever expected to see – a shoe shiner
I hopped on the next cable car heading up to Van Ness
Giant Christmas ornaments
There are a few flash hotels up here in the Nob Hill area
The Stanford Court
The Intercontinental Mark Hopkins
The Scarlet Huntington
Almost at Van Ness Avenue
The best name for a thrift shop
At Van Ness it was the end of the line so I got out and walked around for a little bit
Then I took another cable car back down to Market Street, this time sitting on the other side of the car for a different view
Looking up Hyde Street
Pacific Union Club
University Club of San Francisco
Old St Mary’s Cathedral
San Fran has fantastic public transport – I love the cable cars, the vintage streetcars and the tram/trains. Here are a couple of the buses, a hybrid bus and a trolley bus
Back at Market Street I caught an F to Pier 39
Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl again for lunch at Boudin Bakery – this time at the outlet in Pier 39
Today’s entertainment is sword swallowing
As I was back at Pier 39 I also had to pay another visit to the sea lions
Amusing, play fighting sea lions
Such a small security vehicle – almost like a tonka toy
I got back to my hotel about 4:30pm and rested up until it was time to meet K for dinner. Tonight we are eating at the Cheesecake Factory which is not far away, in Union Square on the eighth floor of the Macy’s building. When I got there it was about a 30 minute wait and by the time K arrived we only had to wait ten minutes or so. Our table was outside on the balcony overlooking Union Square. Our server was great and suggested that I can take a copy of the menu home with me. So I did.
The view looking down on Union Square from the Cheesecake Factory balcony