Chinatown, Embarkadero, Pier 39, Fisherman's Warf, Alcatraz, North Beach, Nob Hill

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Chinatown, Embarkadero, Pier 39, Fisherman's Warf, Alcatraz, North Beach, Nob Hill San Francisco Reviews

hannajax hannajax
63 reviews
May 01, 2006
San Francisco..Cost of living is ludicrous! A studio apartment with kitchen and bath, smaller than the average living room, is $1500/month. eek! No wonder, for this is quite possibly one of the most enchanting and gorgeous cities in the new world. my first night there i boogied at Ruby Skye - opera house turned night club, stayed in a freezing cold and damp studio by china town, and spent the very next day ducking in and out of asian boutiques, markets, and curios. i love chinatown! wasabi peas, dry mangos, shrimp chips...yeah! i walked all the way through the city to the pier, on embarkadero. I started with pier oneand endedwithpier 39. cruise ships, navy water craft, ocean breeze, stinging cold air, alcatraz in the distance. pier 39 was a certain tourist trap, but so fun. this is where the seal play, sing, fight, and snore all the livelong day. i remember it now so clearly. sitting on the pier, sipping hot chocolate, watching the sun go down behind the ocean, listening to the world famous seals. i went on to pier 43, watching street performers, going into ripley's believe it or not, and finally sitting down to a crab dinner and creme brulee for dessert, at neptune's palace. great food!The third day i took a train into the city, and hoofed it from the civic center into north beach, (italian community) nob hill (russin community), and finally to the palace of fine arts, situated near golden gate bridge. i was dumbstruck at its beauty. like a roman forum, its sheer grandeur and columns, statues, and surrounding park surprised me to find that it had been built merely four decades ago for an art expo! gawd! i haven't done this much walking since 97, my last back packing trip through europe.okay, so i walked from golden gate park along the marina, past the fortress, and ended up at fisherman's wharf. ahh, the smells of fresh catch, in every shape and form - steamed, chowdered, fried, grilled...but jax soon lost her appetite when she came upon a table of dismembered crabs. half of them had yet beating hearts, with oozing brains and missing legs and pincers. i watched the hearts beat, one leg flailing fruitlessly, mesmerized. then chef homicidal reached over with his meat tenderizer and pulverized the very spirit of the crab, just trying to live. i went meatless the rest of the trip. i will never forget that sight. my last day there was the most memorable! my solo cruise to alcatraz. i felt as though i was approaching club med, san francisco bay. however, once there, i saw the stale crumbling facades, former officers club and warden house completely forsaken, in ruins. the cells had been turned into pseudo museums, housing former inmate's toiletries and paintings. eh, i sat in al capone's cell. it's still prison, but i have to say that the views from the recreation court were gorgeous! don't get me started on the architecture in this town, it is phenomenal! i hope to return there real soon and do all there is to do and see.
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kevinw83 says:
glad you had a good time in the city!
Posted on: Jun 04, 2006
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