San Francisco 2008

San Francisco is a dream destination for so many of us. After an all too brief visit to the City by the Bay in 2001, I had another chance to explore this exciting metropolis in February of 2008. During five days in the city I had the opportunity to sample an entire smorgasbord of what this city has to offer. My explorations included a culinary tour through North Beach – the city’s colourful Italian neighbourhood, a Victorian Homes Walking Tour through the beautiful Pacific Heights district, several biking adventures including a thrilling bicycle ride across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and an excursion to Alcatraz which enthralled me with its eerie beauty and fascinating history.

An out-of-town excursion was also in store: I got to go on a tour of Muir Woods to admire California’s ancient redwoods before continuing on a wine tasting tour of the Sonoma Valley. In various restaurants I had a chance to sample Northern California’s healthy yet tasty cuisine and explore some exciting night life watching gender illusionists at one of San Francisco’s famous night clubs. Some of the major sites I visited included the Coit Tower and its famous 1930s murals, the hustle and bustle of Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39, and the thrill of hopping on one of the famous cable cars that are part of the world’s last permanently operated cable car system. It’s really hard not to fall in love with San Francisco…

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After my extensive tour of the Victorian era Queen Anne Hotel we were ready to start exploring the city. At least as far as the weather was concerned, our adventure in San Francisco had not… Read more.

After the rain and drizzle of our first day in San Francisco, day two of our adventure began more promisingly: bright sunshine greeted us as we made our way by public bus to Washington Square,… Read more.

A big storm was forecast for our second day in San Francisco, but so far we had been lucky. Our culinary tour through the North Beach area had gone off without a hitch. Even the… Read more.

On our second full day in San Francisco the weather gods were not on our side: the weather was grey and cool, and a major rain and windstorm was supposed to arrive in the area…. Read more.

After our interesting introduction to local history as part of the Victorian Homes Walking Tour we had to switch hotels for one night and grabbed our overnight bags to move to The Handlery Union Square… Read more.

After a late night of exotic entertainment at Asia SF, our day got started very early. Although it was raining I decided to capture a few photos of the area surrounding our hotel, The Handlery… Read more.

Our day long excursion to Muir Woods and the adjoining tour of the Sonoma Valley wine country had definitely made us hungry. So for dinner we decided to explore a different area of San Francisco:… Read more.

Finally we were treated to another gorgeous day with bright blue skies — our last day in San Francisco. From the historic Queen Anne Hotel we took the bus downtown to famous Union Square, location… Read more.

Our last day in San Francisco welcome us with bright blue skies and brilliant sunshine. In the morning we had already hopped on one of the city’s moving landmarks and experienced a ride in the… Read more.

San Francisco – a dream destination for so many people across the world…   Well, in February of 2008 I finally had to opportunity to revisit San Francisco, one of my favourite cities in all… Read more.

For a long time I have wanted to travel to San Francisco again. Finally, in February of 2008, I had an opportunity to visit one of my favourite cities again. For only four short days… Read more.