Riding the cable cars
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The best way, we had been told, to see San Francisco is to ride the cable cars and just get off when you feel like it. This was our aim for the day, just to go with it and see what happened.
We bought a 3 day ticket which allows you to ride any of the MUNI, underground and cable cars, I think it was $28 which is a bargain seen as a one way ticket on the cable cars is $5.
We took the Powell/Mason to Coit Tower, quiet a climb up to the bottom of the tower, but pleasant as there is some nice gardens surrounding the tower. Once at the top (via a lift you will be glad to know), the views across the city are brilliant.
Back on the Powell/Mason line we took it to Fisherman’s Wharf and had a wonder round the fresh crabs and lobsters.
Lunch was of course Clam Chowder in a bread bowl, and it was great. From Fisherman’s Wharf we walked down Jefferson Street and had Ben and Jerry's for pudding. The Cannery is a group of converted warehouses and a good place to visit, very different from the seafront.
We took the Powell/Hyde line back towards downtown, prepare to wait a while though as the queues are long. A hint is to walk up a few blocks (this is up hill though) where a few people get off and you can hop on.
That night we walked into China town and then onto Little Italy, both were great and very different communities. Chinatown with its tackiness and Little Italy with its many restaurants.