Sunday, August 18, 2013


Friday, July 5, 2013 – The hotel did not provide complimentary breakfast and no restaurant on the premise.  We walked to the corner of Van Ness and Franklin and headed toward the waterfront to Fisherman’s Wharf.

It was a sunny but cool morning.  We were warned that SF has marine climate with mild to low temperature during the summer months.  We were glad that we got our jackets as it was windy, almost chilly, only in the mid 60s (QQ, below 20 Celsius for you) while we were waiting to go on the boat ride.  (We ate a light breakfast since I did not know how my motion sickness would decide to throw a tantrum during the ride).  The water was a bit choppy but I did not have any problems.

The 1-hour bay cruise took us under the Golden Gate Bridge, around Alcatraz and provided a nice view of the city.  The audio narration was a nice feature but after ten minutes it became rather distracting as we were trying to take photos and maintaining our balance.  The wind was merciless.  My face and hands were ice-cold.  Helpful suggestions – bring your scarf and winter gloves when taking the boat ride! 

After the cruise, we walked around Pier 39.  Ralphie got a bag of farm fresh grapes (he said eating the grapes is a quintessential California experience).  I got a sugar and cinnamon churro (Spanish doughnut or fried dough pastry).  We strolled along the pier in the late morning sun, watching the ships (ready for the America’s Cup) roll in and whatever else happening …..

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