On yer bike - again

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Golden Gate Bridge

Up early to make the most of the day. We walked down to the bottom of Powell Street to catch the cable car to Fisherman's Wharf. Its a great ride, up and down the very steep hills, bell ringing constantly, people jumping on and off, and others hanging on to the side for dear life. Much more exciting than catching a bus.

Arrived at Fisherman's Wharf and walked down to Pier 33 to book a ticket for Alcatraz; they were all booked for today, but got two for tomorrow. Walked back up to Pier 39 and had a look around, very Blackpool like, but still good fun.

We went for lunch (Emma's birthday treat from her Mum and Dad) at a restaurant on the waterfront, with good views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and all the comings and goings of the boats.

Emma tucking into crusted halibut
We both had a bowl of Clam Chowder to start, followed by Halibut, and dessert and coffee. After such a big meal we had two options, either fall asleep, or work it off. So we decided to risk bicycles again, although no tandem this time.

We cycled from Fisherman's Wharf all the way up to the Golden Gate Bridge, with excellent views of the city behind us. The bridge is very impressive up close. If we had had time we could have cycled across. Apparently there are quite strong winds on the bridge sometimes, and it is designed to sway 27 ft to either side. So we headed back, dropped the bikes off, and walked along the cable car route back to the hostel.

After a shower, we headed out along Market Street for a walk, and stopped at an interesting bar called Octavia. There was a small stage with a piano and a woman singing when we arrived. Soon someone else was up singing. This carried on all evening, and we came to the conclusion that this was a very classy version of kareoke, as all the singers had very good voices. There were no excruciating renditions of Robbie Williams, but old classic songs, and lots of show tunes. Very entertaining.

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Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge
Emma tucking into crusted halibut
Emma tucking into crusted halibut
Pier 39
Pier 39
The view from our table at the res…
The view from our table at the re…
The Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge
Fort and Bridge
Fort and Bridge
Bridge
Bridge
Alcatraz through spokes
Alcatraz through spokes
Sunset at Fishermans Wharf
Sunset at Fishermans Wharf