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Let's Go To San Francisco

Where the flowers grow, in your hair ("At least something's growing there": Arthur)

sunny 70 °F
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Room 309, Laurel Inn, San Francsico

A brilliant drive down the rest of Highway 1 this morning. We had not done this stretch before and, well, it's recommended. A few miles from a big city and your in rural anywhere, and by the Pacific at the same time. Do it, do it if you can!

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Then a few busy minutes back on US101 and there it is, Golden Gate bridge. No traffic queues. No traffic hold ups. And within a few minutes, straight into a garage space at the hotel. Phew, that was easy.

The desk clerk says the room is not ready yet (it's only 12.30) but there is something special there for Bob's birthday as well as giving us the parking for free as a gift (normally $18 per day).

Outside are 3 buses and a trolley bus route down to wherever we want to go. $18 buys a visitors' 3-day passport for unlimited travel on MUNI buses, streetcars and cablecars.

Everyone not in the know waits, for an hour or more, at the end of the line to get on the cablecar, but they never fill them so, a couple of stops down the line, you can often just hop on (Remember that tip!). We did today.

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When we got back from a trip to get our MUNI tickets and some bits and pieces of shopping, back to move into our room. 3rd floor in Pacific Heights with a room with a picture window view of this beautiful, stunning city. We can even see the bay, Coit Tower, The Pyramid, City Hall......

Form the buses/streetcars the views are mouthopening (?). Despite the steep hills the grids are dead straight (with one exception, Lombard Street) so you can see for miles down one street or avenue.

We have been in touch with our friend Emrys and will meet him for lunch tomorrow. He works somewhere Downtown.

Now off to get a trolley bus somewhere and just walk around. That's all you need to do here. We absolutely love it!

Where's me flowers and beads..... I'm excited just typing this. Wow!

If you were there, you won't remember it. Remember what?

Night, man!

Posted by Johnash 18:28 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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Thursday evening here - a last good bye from Brighton. Will be off line for next few days. Keep enjoying your trip while I'm away. Will catch up next week.

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