Evening bloggy friends, my sore throat continues now another symptom of aching body. I couldn’t wake up this morning so I decided to take a day off to rest at home. That was a great idea as I slept till 2pm and only woke up cos my tummy was rumbling. I persevered with the metal & iodine concoction gargle hoping it will make my sore throat go away…one can only hope.
Now, it’s time to write a post that’s away from the food direction – apart from great restaurants in San Francisco there are also lots of places you can visit that will keep you entertained. Our first or two days in San Francisco was to roam around the streets near the hotel. So we went straight to the Apple Store which was kind of nice – 2 stories and you get your free wifi access there.
We were in search of a Macbook for myself so we asked the friendly crew and after the tax calculation it was going to cost around the same to buy one in Perth. So we decided to buy it in Perth. Then we realised we needed to buy some breakfast and snacks so we can have them in our hotel. There was a Walgreens store near us, so we went in and it reminded us of IGA store it had everything we need. So we bought some snacks and brekkie which was pretty cheap. Food items in San Francisco was pretty cheap. A tin can of Pringles would generally cost around $3-$4 in Perth but in San Francisco they were like $1 which is very cheap.
The next day we decided to pay China Town for a visit. China Town was well known in San Francisco they sell absolutely everything. You need a whole day to go through all the shops which sells knick knacks but make sure you visit a few of the chinese shops first as they pretty much sell similiar items except there’s some minor price differences so make sure you don’t get too excited and buy everything from one single store.
You can also bargain your deals with the locals, and with one shop that I managed to buy lots of little kitchen gadgets I was excited and couldn’t leave this little store that was fully packed with goodies, upon leaving I even scored myself a little freebie of a bamboo wooden spoon 🙂
There were also chocolate shops everywhere, unfortunately both Pandabear and myself aint chocolate people so it didn’t tempt us at all. However, the cold wind and weather makes us crave for hot chocolates and with Star bucks across the road we managed to go there for brekkie, afternoon tea and sometime supper just to grab a tall hot chocolate which is pretty cheap just under $3 for a tall cup – bargain! Their muffin also taste great!
Apart from all of this, there’s also a cool tram ride that takes you to the wharf and other city areas. However, we didn’t have time to catch a ride – we did took a photo of it and must try it next time.
We decided to spend a whole day at the Fisherman’s wharf…we walked all the way there, it was a great exercise all the streets along San Francisco are very hilly which really makes you sweat and a great work out. There were great church building the architecture was fantastic.
Upon arriving you see all these beautiful tulip gardens which reminded me of the botanic gardens in Perth. There were food stands everywhere – hot dog stand, fairy floss stand, drinks stand and ice cream stand. Amongst all of this we located a man who has a pet lizard. How bizzare it is to own a lizard as your pet. It almost looks fake until I walked towards it to have a closer look and realised it moved.
It was time to buy the tickets to catch the ferry to Sausalito where we can see the famous Golden Gate bridge and to catch a glimpse of the famous Alcatraz island that used to jail convicts.
The ferry ride was a fantastic experience, it didn’t even made Pandabear sea sick at all. On our way home, we decided to catch the cable car back rather than walking up the hills. However the queues were humongous!! we lost the patience waiting however, the up side of it was we had this jazz dude playing and signing some jazz music that was pretty entertaining.
On our impossible walk home, we went through streets of China Town again. This time we bought some buns to give us enough energy to walk home and came across incredible food ingredients they sell at the markets.
It was also pretty cool to dine at the Burger join in Macy’s where you could see the whole view of Union Square everyone sitting there eating, chatting and relaxing.
To sum up San Francisco, it’s a place with great food and great people. In terms of things to do, I don’t think there’s lots – we were recommended to visit the Park, but we couldn’t be bothered. So I would say 1 week in San Francisco is plenty 🙂 now it’s off to cook some dinner…