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Chinatown
Drove across all the bridges around the San Francisco Bay today. Made the usual tourist stops at Lombard Street, Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf and of course the Golden Gate Bridge. Very enjoyable day, and great to have very knowledgeable tour guides, and drivers!

A quick stop at the bustling Chinatown allowed me to soak in the local flavor. Very difficult to find parking spots in the area, we temporarily parked on the street while Victoria ran into a Chinese bakery and got us some snacks for our day of sightseeing.

Lombard Street is the famous crooked street that everybody wants to drive down. There was an open house overlooking the street and we went in to look around. Maybe it's just my Midwest upbringing, but $1.5 million is just slightly overpriced for this location.
Lombard Street


Pier 39 is the shopping area along the waterfront. It is also home to the world famous sea-lebrities, the seal lions that made it their home after the earthquake in 1989. We had clam chowder for lunch and took in the views of the bay and Alcatraz, the former prison known as The Rock.

Walked along the streets and did some shopping, bought some post cards, that will probably never get mailed, and made our way back to the parking garage.

Paul took us to some great spots to see the Golden Gate Bridge and I was able to get some wonderful photos. It was a slightly overcast day, and of course there was some fog, but it was very nice, warm and everywhere we went, crowds of people.

On the way home, stopped and got a bake it yourself pizza and we ate and just sat around and talked until bedtime.
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Chinatown
Chinatown
Lombard Street
Lombard Street
Very busy Chinatown
Very busy Chinatown
Seagulls everywhere
Seagulls everywhere
Alcatraz Prison
Alcatraz Prison
Sea-lebrities!
Sea-lebrities!
Pier 39 sea lions, noisy animals!
Pier 39 sea lions, noisy animals!
Dive bomber
Dive bomber
Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge from Battery Sp…
Golden Gate Bridge from Battery S…
Using the 500mm lens to see the ri…
Using the 500mm lens to see the r…
Battery Spencer, this protected th…
Battery Spencer, this protected t…
The Pacific Coast and Point Bonita…
The Pacific Coast and Point Bonit…
More Pacific Coastline
More Pacific Coastline