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The famous cable cars.

On Wednesday we left LA for San Francisco. San Francisco was an amazing city, with such a great feel to it. The architecture is funky and interesting, the city buzz is there but it’s not too frantic, and the hills and bay make for a beautiful cityscape to gaze at.

 

We rode on cable cars and electric buses (all with zero emissions, for any tree huggers who are interested), and went to Alcatraz, hung around Union Square, walked along Fisherman’s Wharf and saw parts of the Golden Gate bridge through the fog.

 

We have met some interesting people along the way so far. Our shuttle bus drivers in every city have been colourful characters with opinions to share and stories to tell. In the line waiting for Alcatraz tickets we got talking to a guy from Norway. Very pleasant, in his 30s, lives on a hobby farm outside Oslo with his wife and kids. He mentioned he comes to the US annually for business, namely to Las Vegas. We asked what he did. Turns out he’s the self-proclaimed Hugh Heffner of Norway (for those unfamiliar with the business of erotica – bless you – Hugh is the founder of Playboy magazine and is known as the king of the porn industry in America). And here we were standing next to his Norwegian counterpart in the Alcatraz line. The conversation then subtly yet swiftly turned to travel, farming and other safe topics that had nothing to do with boobs and buttocks. It’s amazing who you meet.

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The famous cable cars.
The famous cable cars.
The view from the cable cars - hil…
The view from the cable cars - hi…
Seals at Fishermans Wharf.
Seals at Fisherman's Wharf.
The Rock - Alcatraz.
The Rock - Alcatraz.
The Golden Gate bridge through the…
The Golden Gate bridge through th…
Brent in a bin.
Brent in a bin.
The massive Palace Exploratorium. …
The massive Palace Exploratorium.…
Ooo baby, who are they?
Ooo baby, who are they?
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Marketing at its best - "proteste…
Downtown San Francisco - we loved …
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