Basking In The San Fran’ Sun

Well, we arrived in San Francisco after an uneventful flight from Hong Kong with United Airlines.  There was no in-flight entertainment so we read and relaxed (about 2 hours sleep for Roey and 30 mins for the Princess).

The weather in San Fran’ was exceptional on arrival – we were able to get a wonderful view of the Californian coast line and Silicon Valley as we approached SFO from the south.

After a painless customs clearance we caught a cab into downtown SF.  We arrived at our hotel (Nob Hill Hotel) around 11.30am.  Unfortunately we were not able to check in so we stored our bags and went in search of the nearest Starbucks.  The nearest SB wasn’t that near, although it was in a downhill direction (I think the only downhill direction we have taken since we have been here).

Roey realised that his traveling attire was not cut out for the streets of SF so we returned to the hotel and promptly changed into some hiking gear.

After re-stowing the luggage we hit the streets again and headed off in search of adventure.

First stop – the famous cable cars and Lombard Street (the “crookedest street in the world”).  We didn’t ride the cable car (thought we would leave that for tomorrow) although we did walk down Lombard Street. It is crooked and it is quite steep!!  It is beautifully kept and very busy.
After a long walk we arrived in the Fisherman’s Wharf area and we were quite surpised.  What we didn’t know was that the US was celebrating Columbus Day and they were celebrating.  There was a huge parade down the main area of Fisherman’s Wharf and there were literally thousands of people around.  Something we are used to living in Hong Kong.
One big bonus for Roey was the celebration of Navy Week and a special airshow.  This show included the Blue Angels – the US Navy’s elite aerobatic display team.  After a brief walk around the Wharf Area we settled into a bite to eat before taking up our position for the airshow.
In short the airshow was incredible.  Seeing low flying (very low) aircraft fly aerobatics around SF Bay was amazing.  They flew under and over the Golden Gate Bridge, around Alcatraz Island and over the suburbs of SF.  Incredible stuff and a once in a lifetime opportunity!!
After the airshow we escaped the crowds and started what we thought was going to be a “short stroll” back to the hotel.  Not so.  The walk was pretty much uphill the whole way back.  We did get to see a lot of SF city and soak up a lot more sun (rather tanned from Day 1!).

On the way back we took a walk through Union Square (a high end shopping area) and collapsed at Starbucks for a short break.  Roey fell asleep for about 10 minutes and we knew that it was time to return to the hotel.  We were physically and mentally exhausted.  We had basically missed a full night’s sleep, walked half a marathon and spent the day in the beautiful sunshine.  To say that we slept well was an understatement.

We managed at least 11 hours of solid sleep.  Ahhh…………..  What a day!!

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