Tuesday, December 13, 2011

San Francisco Trip- Part 3

The long awaited Part 3 of our Summer San Francisco Trip is finally here- just in time for Christmas! Aren't you lucky? hahaha

After the beautiful wedding, Ryan, Dan, Marissa and I decided to be tourists for the day. We started walking around downtown San Fran and decided Chinatown would be 1st on our list. You really can't miss it as you're walking around- there are large green gates that note the start of Chinatown. And once you're in it, there's no mistaking that it feels a little different from the San Francisco you just stepped out of.

Lamps hang from the store fronts, and sometimes unrecognizable food items were placed in a colorful bags and bowls.

Our next stop was Coit Tower. Ryan and I had been by Coit Tower on our first visit to San Francisco, but had never been in it.

The hike up the streets to Coit Tower is a work out alone. They seem to run at almost a 90 degree angle, and your calves and knees definitely feel it at the top. Looks like these people remembered to use their parking brakes!

Here Ryan is "stretching" his muscles. I'm not sure there's much stretching going on here...

When you finally make it to the top of the street, you actually have to purchase a ticket to go up in the elevator to the top of Coit tower to get a view of the entire city. A very very old elevator with an operator takes you up in very tight bunches to the top- its a sweaty, smelly ride- but the views are worth it.

This is looking out onto the bay bridge above. And a view of the city below.

After spending a good 25 minutes at the top, oohing and aahing at all the different views, we were ready to make it down again. Into that nasty elevator. We stopped for lunch at a cute, quaint corner shop and dined on paninis and salads before stopping over to Lombard street- the crookedest street in the world.

Its pretty neat to see the cars drive down at turtle pace- we decided to walk it instead- and I'm pretty sure we beat most of the vehicles.

To cap off the day we decided hot fudge sundaes at Ghiradelli Square were in order.

It was DELICIOUS! I'm pretty sure that Ryan ate a little bit, and I took most of the ice cream and chocolate, and the cherry on top :) We grabbed a nice seafood dinner on Pier 39 that evening, where I got a taste of my first oyster. It actually wasn't 1/2 bad with cocktail sauce on it!

The next morning we were ready to go to Napa Valley- but had to make a quick pit stop first to see the Red Lady herself.

Doing their model poses.

San Francisco is such a great city- with so much to offer, we love each visit we've had. We will definitely be back time and time again! :)

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