A Beautiful Day in San Francisco

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My fav pic of the GG Bridge

Finally the day was here...Michelle's first visit to San Francisco and our much anticipated trip to Alcatraz Island.  I still was not feeling good but obviously was going to make the best of it for Michelle as not to ruin her trip!  We got up early and headed out around 10am which would give us a few hours to explore the city itself before having to be at Pier 33 for our 4pm tour! 

Anyone who knows the Bay Area and the fact there is a bridge toll everywhere, I decided to take the more scenic route into San Francisco, even though it was a little longer, but it provided the opportunity to drive over the Golden Gate Bridge.  I was not optimistic about the weather in the City as we drove closer as it was very overcast and almost looked stormy (it was raining the day before in Napa).

Michelle and I
  But as we rounded the 101 near Sausilito, I saw it....SUNSHINE!!! 

We got to the GG Bridge and it was beautiful.  There were a few clouds but it just added to the spectacular views of the area.  We pulled over at the Presidio area once we passed the toll booth to take some pictures of the bridge and surrounding area.  It was seriously one of the prettiest days I've seen in the City.  Although Michelle's company was great, standing there really made me wish I was there with someone who's been on my mind a lot the past few days.  :-(

Next we hopped in the car and toured the Presidio area, taking a few pictures of the old buildings and beautiful scenery.  The Presidio served as an army post for three nations.  Since the mid 1990's, it has been part of the Golden Gate recreation area.

On our way down Lombard!
   It's definitely something to check out if you visit the San Francisco area! 

And now on to Lombard Street - San Francisco and America's most crooked street!!  It's famous hair pinned turns make it a very popular tourist destination.  Ironically though, it was the least crowded I've seen it!  There were a few people walking down but we were pretty much the only car driving down so we could stop and check things out more than normal. 

Since we were in the same vicinity, I drove her down to Haight and Ashbury which Michelle had never heard of! OMG!! Well, given that we weren't children of the 60's I guess I will let her slide but I've at least heard of it!! HA HA.  The Haight area is famous for being the center of the 1960's hippie movement.

Haight and Ashbury
  The whole area has the hippie vibe and all the storefronts fit right in the area with the era apporpriate decor and I love checking out the store names!

Now it was time to head back to Pier 39/Fishermen's Wharf area to get parked and checked in for our 3:55 Alcatraz tour!!! So excited!!!  Been looking forward to this for awhile now since every time we've tried to get tickets lately, it's been sold out.   We managed to have the ultimate parking karma for once and found a FREE spot about 2 blocks from Fisherman's Wharf.  OMG, we don't have to pay $30....????? SWEET!

We ran down into Pier 39 to grab something quick to eat before the tour began.  Since Michelle had never been here, she was deferring to me on where to eat.  First place that came to mind was the Crepe place that other TB's and I have drooled over on previous visits to the Wharf.  Michelle opted to have a lunch type one - believe it was shrimp or crab.  I gave into my sinful side and tried the banana nutella one I always see them making in the window.  They were excellent and definitely helped cure our hunger pangs. 

Now it was time to run down 6 piers and catch our boat to Alcatraz! :D

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My fav pic of the GG Bridge
My fav pic of the GG Bridge
Michelle and I
Michelle and I
On our way down Lombard!
On our way down Lombard!
Haight and Ashbury
Haight and Ashbury
Driving into SF from Sausalito
Driving into SF from Sausalito
Statue of Joseph Strauss-builder o…
Statue of Joseph Strauss-builder …
Plaque about the GG Bridge
Plaque about the GG Bridge
Krance and her flowers LOL
Krance and her flowers LOL
GG Bridge with marine layer burnin…
GG Bridge with marine layer burni…
Michelle and the GG Bridge
Michelle and the GG Bridge
Me and the GG
Me and the GG
Michelle and I - GG Bridge
Michelle and I - GG Bridge
Marine layer already blowing off i…
Marine layer already blowing off …
Sunny pic of Michelle and the GG
Sunny pic of Michelle and the GG
My turn :D
My turn :D
What a beautiful day!
What a beautiful day!
Trying to not squint w/out the sun…
Trying to not squint w/out the su…
View back into San Francisco
View back into San Francisco
GG Cable
GG Cable
Buildings in Presidio area
Buildings in Presidio area
Building in the Presidio area
Building in the Presidio area
Lombard Street
Lombard Street
View up Lombard
View up Lombard
Typical SF building
Typical SF building
King of Falafel! LOL
King of Falafel! LOL
Stores along Haight and Ashbury
Stores along Haight and Ashbury
Haight area
Haight area
Another shop along Haight and Ashb…
Another shop along Haight and Ash…
Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo
The Buena Vista...my fav place for…
The Buena Vista...my fav place fo…
Spy Shop sign
Spy Shop sign
statue near we were parked
statue near we were parked
Michelle loved the Coach ad
Michelle loved the Coach ad
OMG...busy day at Pier 39
OMG...busy day at Pier 39
Banana Nutella crepe...yummmm
Banana Nutella crepe...yummmm
Michelle about to devour her crepe
Michelle about to devour her crepe
Me doing battle on my crepe
Me doing battle on my crepe
Coit Tower
Coit Tower