San Francisco, police chases and Sushi!

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A misty Mavericks Beach

On an extremely misty morning we started out on our last leg of our coastal drive as we headed towards San Fran!

We stopped off at various places on route, Half Moon Bay were there are some lovely Victorian houses, and a slight detour led us to the Ritz hotel where clearly we could not afford to stay.

The mist was shifting as we stopped to Pillar Point Harbor, I'd never seen anything like it. And it didn't break for the stops at the impressive, if not deserted, Maverick and Moss beaches.

We had to drop the car off by three so arriving in San Francisco just before lunch we decided to make use of it and drive across the Golden Gate Bridge.

As we crossed
When you see it for the first time it's amazing, better than any photo can make it look. As all tourists plan to do, our next stop was Lombard Street, for which there was no queue. This is such good fun in a car.

So time to drop the car off, an easy task some may say...WRONG! Our drop off was in SOMA so easily enough we found Market Street, but could not for the life of us negotiate the one way systems to get to the needed street to drop off the car. As we turned down a one way street a car hurtled towards us, my reaction was 'Christ I've gone the wrong way!' but no as the car was quickly followed by a police car with sirens blazing. The next thought was 'don't hit us, don't hit us!' Thankfully we escaped unscratched for now! Next task get off Market Street, turn left is a big no in San Francisco, shame we didn't know this before we did it and were quickly pulled over by the police, a sweet smile and a 'sorry officer but we’re lost' prevented any tickets. Finally after about an hour of trying we delivered the car in one piece.

Going down Lombards Street

As we walked back towards Union Square to out hostel we decided to stop at Sushi Club for lunch, good food and huge portions.

Union Square is a great place to sit and watch the world go by, which is what we decided to do as we got our bearings and decided what we would take in over the next 4 days. We were doing so well to fight the urge of the massive Macy's store which takes up a whole side of the square, but soon the temptation was to great. Tip for Macy's is go to the customer services desk, which is usually at the top far end of the shop, and ask for a tourist discount card and just like that 20% off!

After checking into the Hi-Hostel Downtown decided to chill out for the evening after our fun packed and slightly stressful day.

 

moshers_moll says:
Sounds eventful! :-)
Posted on: Jun 18, 2009
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A misty Mavericks Beach
A misty Mavericks Beach
As we crossed
As we crossed
Going down Lombards Street
Going down Lombards Street
Looking back up
Looking back up
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