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Union Square

The last few days I was in San Francisco and made a trip over the bay to Berkeley and Oakland today before taking the train to Portland.

On Sunday in San Francisco I started in Union Square, where there was an art exhibition going on. From there I walked up the hill, through Chinatown (where I had lunch), to Telegraph Hill and up the Coit Tower. From there you get very good views of the bay, North Beach, downtown and out to Golden Gate bridge.

Then I walked down to the harbour to get tickets for Alcatraz and have a quick look around. It's very touristy, but the seals or sea lions on Pier 39 are cute (especially when the clumsy ones try to jump on the pontoons, which tip up into the air, and those on it complain very vocally).

Next I walked up to Lombard Street, to see the famous windy street which the cars struggle to get down. There were queues from all directions at the top of the hill waiting their turn to go down the street. After getting some nice pictures, I walked all the way from there to Golden Gate bridge along the Bay Trail, and then back through the Presidio to Drew and Lisa's flat. All in all, a very tiring day of walking, but the city is spectacular!

On Monday I started by going to the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park, because it's free on the first Monday morning of the month from 9am until 10am. It was so beautiful, with lots of colour and the blossoms coming through as it is spring now. In the afternoon I went back to the port to hop over to Alcatraz island and visit the famous prison. Predictably you don't get many photos inside the prison that aren't cluttered by fellow tourists, but there are good views of the city and of Golden Gate Bridge.

China Town

Today I went to Oakland first to drop off my bag at the Amtrak station, and then to Berkeley to see the famous University of California campus. Fortunately it was an open day for students choosing their college, and I merged into the back of a tour of students and their parents, to get all the history of the place. Then I went for a pointless trip to the Colliseum stadium in Oakland (deserted) and back to downtown Oakland to find a pub in which to avoid the rain and pass the time. Pacific Coast Brewery wasn't a bad choice at all!

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Union Square
Union Square
China Town
China Town
View over the bay
View over the bay
Lombard Street
Lombard Street
Slightly famous bridge ;-)
Slightly famous bridge ;-)
Japanese Tea Garden, Golden Gate P…
Japanese Tea Garden, Golden Gate …
For some reason this reminds me of…
For some reason this reminds me o…
Alcatraz
Alcatraz
Please let me out! I was only visi…
Please let me out! I was only vis…