|View from the car driving up from Napa- the Golden Gate Bridge is pretty impressive!|
Monday, August 12th- Today we did not have scheduled plans so we designated today for taking it all in! We spent the day strolling around this beautiful city. One of our first stops was at the famous Boudin Bakery known for it's sourdough bread! This facility houses a tour-able factory, cafe, restaurant, and gift store. We also stopped by the touristy Pier 39 known for harboring hundreds of sea lions! Check it out!
|Outside there is a giant viewing window where people passing by can watch the bread makers craft masterpieces and take in the wonderful smell of freshly baked bread via vents that blow out warm, scented steam from the factory!|
|I've never seen this before- loaves of bread shaped like animals! We actually shipped the crab seen in this picture to my sister in law as a thank-you for taking care of our dog Brooklyn while we were gone.|
We stayed at the Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf and ended our day with a nice swim in their rooftop heated pool. Check out Baby A :)
Tuesday, August 13th- This was an exciting day because we had made reservations to visit Alcatraz. It was a beautiful day and we had a wonderful time. What I was really impressed with was the audio self guided tour which lasted 45 minutes and kept my attention (something that I lack when at museums) the entire time. Baby A was strapped to the front of me and she was even well behaved! Check it out!
|Top Pic: The view of the island from the ferry. Bottom Pic: The teacher in me took this photo- lifelong readers made from jail time!|
|Locked Up, lol!|
|This is the view of San Fran from outside of the prison- so beautiful!|
|Such a pretty picture of the water and the bridge.|
|My favorite picture from the entire trip! The views from this restaurant were similar to the picture above- however there were people swimming laps in the water, some in wet suites and some not- cold, yikes! |
What I learned about San Francisco:
* San Fran is rated the #1 "Smart Places to Settle Down" according to Parents Magazine (October 2011)- this is def. a family friendly city and I can totally picture my family settling down here some day!
* Not one restaurant served Rice-a-Roni-is it really"The San Francisco Treat"???
* The trolleys are overrated, yet people wait hours to ride one.
* Sadly, there are a lot of homeless people on the streets due to the stable (not to cold, not to warm- all year round) weather the city has to offer.
This was such an AMAZING experience to visit these parts of Northern California- San Francisco was the perfect spot to end our trip.