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San Francisco, Sausalito and all in between

Yesterday was our last day at San Francisco, and we went for another bus tour, this time also over the Golden Gate Bridge to the little town called Sausalito, where a house can easily sell for 12 million dollars, not cheap to say the least, but pretty. It actually reminded us of our own home town where you can buy 10 houses with that money ;)

It did make for some very pretty views and pictures.

On our way to Sausalito we were on a normal bus, on the way back we were on a double decker with open roof. Great for pictures and in San Francisco these buses were perfect to enjoy the city, however as soon as we went towards the bridge a freezing wind, super hard and cold, almost blew as all off our socks. It was so funny, we were all holding ears, hair, hats and trying to take pictures without having camera's, phones and such fly away. It was like we were on a roller-coaster at sixflags, very exciting and a bit scary but mostly so cold :D

We are now both red as tomatoes of the combo of that cold wind and the sun, we are calling it the Golden Gate facial, great for clearing pores and have a crazy hair do :)

This morning we left San Francisco for Oakland first to visit a flea market, scored some cool stuff, and then Modesto for yet another flea market which was closing by the time we got there so we'll visit it again tomorrow and also a whole bunch of Thriftstores too as apparently there are plenty of those in this town. We decided to stay an extra night here before heading to Yosemite National Park, still lots of places to go :)

Thursday, 1 September 2016

San Francisco; Chinatown, Union Square and Twin Peaks

I returned from the USA Monday morning but have been super jet lagged and having a hard time getting a normal sleeping pattern, but I am getting there :)
I will finally share the remaining 9 days of my stay there.

On the second day I went to China town and also Union Square and the Twin Peaks.
I went early in the morning (I kept waking up at 6 am there, now I can not wake up at home lol).

As the shops were still closed ? could enjoy the beauty of the buildings and streets peacefully and could easily take nice pictures without tourists in the frame :)

I never been to a 'Chinatown' or China for that matter, it was so funny that even the ads, banks, street art and street lights were Chinese.

Mostly it were souvenir shops, but also lots of restaurants. I did not have anything to eat as I was there so early, I should have gone closer to lunch, maybe next time :)

The 'skeleton' of the buildings were all typical San Francisco houses but they got a Chinese make up.

I loved this East West Bank, and you heard a lot of Chinese, more than English at the hour I was there.

A pity that they had no Chinese traffic signs below the English ones :)

After my visit to the far East I went to Union square which was a mess due to a large construction work, so I only took a few pictures there.

Union Square is where are the fancy shops are, so not something my budget allows me to shop, but it is a famous landmark of the city.

I was more interested in the pretty buildings than the expensive clothing :)

On my way to Twin Peaks I saw a part of the neighborhood that is very popular among the LGTB community. San Francisco's population is 14% that belongs to the community and there is a huge pride parade here every year. As you can see lots of rainbows in this neighborhood.

It is also a very safe neighborhood as people are very protective (gay bashers will be sorry if they start anything violent).

The last part I took the bus as the roads are extremely steep, so steep that you actually climb a gazillion stairs to climb to the top of the city (Twin Peaks).

It was foggy so you can not see the sea.

Due to the height it was also much colder and super windy, I didn't stay long as I was freezing!
California is a very warm state, San Francisco however is usually about 20 degrees celsius and in the mornings and nights pretty cool.

More to come!

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

From San Francisco to Yosemite and some in between

We had a great time in San Francisco. The city felt so right, friendly, familiar and laid back. Our hotel, the Plaza, just at the China town gate, was really nice and we were very happy.
Funny enough, San Francisco seemed to be located in China, a lot people we saw, starting at the airport, were Chinese.

Then we crossed the Bay Bridge to Oakland and the ethnicity changed, all Hispanic there. We visited the local flea market where we could haggle the prices in Spanish and went on to Modesto, where we spent two nights. It may seem weird to stay in a place totally void of sights worth seeing, but don't forget, this is a holiday with thrifting as a theme, and thrifting we did in Modesto!
It is a perfectly fine and pleasant town, Modesto, we did 11 thrift stores, a flea market and a huge Hobby Lobby :)) and got a taste of a standard American town.
Believe me, serious thrifting is not for sissies, we are sore all over :).

Today we left Modesto and drove towards Yosemite National Park. The road we took, was very calm and narrow so we could enjoy the surroundings and make some stops in between.

This is such a large country that you can easily end up at places where no one or hardly anyone is, it is kind of refreshing actually the quietness and rural places.

We passed tiny places where the 'Saloons' were the highlight of town :)

Tiny post offices with not a single customer (no waiting!!).

We ate at a diner, exactly like in the movies, even the music :)

The road to our cute B&B, very close to Yosemite Park.

Today's route, although we did drive around at Yosemite Park too.

Our view from our room's door is very cute and whimsical.

Tomorrow we will be going through Yosemite park towards Lake Tahoe :)