the dragon and sea lion day

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.

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Dragon’s Gate at the intersection of Bush and Grant

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I walked through the gate and up Grant Avenue. There were some interesting garden sculptures for sale, they even offered world wide shipping.

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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

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This area is the financial district and there are plenty of great old buildings

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Something I never, ever expected to see – a shoe shiner

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I hopped on the next cable car heading up to Van Ness

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Giant Christmas ornaments

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There are a few flash hotels up here in the Nob Hill area

The Stanford Court

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The Intercontinental Mark Hopkins

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The Scarlet Huntington

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Almost at Van Ness Avenue

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The best name for a thrift shop

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At Van Ness it was the end of the line so I got out and walked around for a little bit

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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

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Grace Cathedral

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Pacific Union Club

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Fairmont

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University Club of San Francisco

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Old St Mary’s Cathedral

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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

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Back at Market Street I caught an F to Pier 39

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Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl again for lunch at Boudin Bakery – this time at the outlet in Pier 39

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Today’s entertainment is sword swallowing

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As I was back at Pier 39 I also had to pay another visit to the sea lions

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Amusing, play fighting sea lions

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Such a small security vehicle – almost like a tonka toy

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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

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