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Thursday, August 30, 2012

California Raod Trip Day 8&9 - San Francisco

To read more about the planning of our California Road trip go here. To read about previous stops on our trip, click on the following links:

Day 3 Part 1 (LA)

California Road Trip Day Eight & Nine Itinerary

In preparation for day eight and nine, I had the following in a folder: an itinerary for the day, printed driving directions, copies of reservations for our restaurant and hotel, and all flight documents.

9:00 a.m. - wake up and get ready for our day
11:00. a.m. - walk to an early Lunch at Hang Ah Tea Room
12:00 p.m. - sightsee China Town
1:00 pm. - Walk to Lombard Street
1:30 p.m. - walk to Ghiradelli Square for dessert
2:oo p.m - walk to sighseeing and clam chowdercheck
3:00 p.m. - walk to Pier 39 for sightseeing
5:00 p.m. - dinner at Crab House at Pier 39 
6:00 p.m. - walk back to the Hilton
7:00 p.m. - clean up for the eveing, pack our bags, and get a good night's sleep

6:00 a.m - wake up and get ready for the day
8:00 a.m - check out of hotel
8:30 a.m - drop off car at car rental
9:00 a.m. - check bags and go through security at San Francisco airport
11:05 a.m. - flight leaves SF
3:15 p.m. - flight connects in Houston
5:20 p.m. - flight leaves Houston
 11:15 p.m. - flight arrives in Indy
11:30 p.m. - have friend pick us up to go home
12:00 p.m. - home sweet home

A few pics of our day.....

San Francisco, home of the trolley….

….and the cable car.

Neither of which we actually rode, because our hotel was within walking distance to just about everything in SF.

It was the last city we visited on our road trip, and day eight of our trip started off right across the street from our hotel in China Town.

China Town is great place to get cheap souveniers, but we went to China Town primarily for one reason....lunch at Hang Ah Tea Room.  It's a little bit off the beaten path, and if I didn't do my research I would have never discovered it.

Definitely a hole in the wall kind of place, which is usually the best kind.  The prices were great….

….and the food was even better.

I had heard that the best dim sum in all of SF was here.  One bite and my husband agreed.

It was the cheapest meal we had on our entire trip, and my husband believes it is the best meal he’s had in his entire life.  He was in heaven with authentic Chinese food.

Me, well I stuck to my Americanized Chinese food…sweet and sour chicken.  Although, I will say that is the best sweet and sour chicken I’ve ever had.

After lunch we took a mile walk towards the water, passing by the well known hallmarks of SF, such as Washington Square Park…..

….beautiful row houses….

….. and Lombard Street.

Tourists surround Lombard Street just to get a picture in front of this infamous part of SF, and since I was a tourist I found myself doing just that.

After our long walk towards the water, we found ourselves stopping at Ghiradelli Square for the second time in 24 hours:) This place is a MUST when visiting SF!

I must say that the Nob Hill Chill might just be my favorite thing about SF!  Such chocolaty goodness!  I’m drooling just thinking about it!

The day only got better as we arrived at Fisherman’s Wharf.

Lot’s of free entertainment here….

….you don’t have to walk far to find all sorts of street acts.

But the best part of Fisherman’s Wharf was the fresh clam chowder in a warm sourdough bread bowl.

Clam chowder bowls are sold in just about all of the local stands in the area.  It was a great afternoon “snack” for us to share and only cost $7.  Can’t beat that:)

Fishermen were bringing in their catches as we were ordering our little snack, so I can’t even begin to tell you how fresh the food was.

Yep, chilly day by the water + a warm bread bowl with clam chowder = AWESOMENESS!  We can’t get it that fresh here in the Midwest.  Really wish we had something comparable, because I’m totally craving it now!

Not far from the clam chowder stand was the Boudin Bread Factory…

….where warm bread is baked and sold right before your eyes.  Between Ghiradelli chocolate and Boudin bread, SF was a great place for me to break my diet for a day.  Totally worth it for a day, but way too tempting if I lived there.

Just a short walk from Fisherman’s wharf is Pier 39…

…which is probably most know for the abundance of sea lions that lounge right by the pier….

….although we only saw two sea lions while we were there.  Apparently the sea lions go away in the middle of summer to mate.

We may have missed out on the sea lions, but Alcatraz didn’t go anywhere.  The famous prison is easily seen from the end of the pier.

Aside from shops and restaurants, the pier has live entertainment to offer….

….and a wonderful farmer’s market.

The market was definitely our favorite part of the pier.

I’ve never tasted such fresh, luscious juicy fruit in all my life!  Really wish we could get it that way here in Indy.

Since the majority of our day was spent indulging in food, we really finished our day well with fresh, buttery crab at the Crab House.

This guy was our last meal of the day!  Crab isn't cheap, so sharing one whole crab was the best way for us to go.

It was my first experience eating fresh crab.

A little too messy for me, but eating fresh crab is part of the SF experience.  It was a must try!

After stuffing ourselves, we called it a night and walked back to our hotel for the evening. Overall, San Francisco was packed with fun and food - two of our favorite things!!!  It was a great place to spend the last few days of our trip:)

After a wonderful night’s rest, we woke up the following morning and headed to the airport to catch an 11:00 flight out of California. 

We got through security with a little time to spare, and we couldn’t help but eat lunch at Boudin in the SF airport, where we purchased one last clam chowder bread bowl to share.  Not as fresh as Fisherman’s Wharf, but a great last meal to have on our California adventure!

Not as fresh as Fisherman's Wharf, but a great last meal to have on our California adventure!

Two flights later and we were back home.   We made it back to Indy around midnight and were welcomed with temps over 100 degrees.  I was really missing the cool California temps as soon as we stepped off the plane, but one thing is for sure....we were glad to sleep in our own bed after nine days of travel.  We love taking trips, but at the end of the day, there's no place like home;)

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