San Francisco – Day 2

by Amanda on October 8, 2009

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AAlcatrazFrame The second day (Friday) in San Francisco brought my sister and I to spend $50 on breakfast. And let me tell you, this was one fabulous breakfast! I had a bloody mary (don't judge me! I was on vacation!) and a crab stuffed omelet covered in hollandaise sauce. My sister had Eggs Benedict, but instead of ham had halibut. We both left stuffed!! Other than some ice cream later in the day, we were pretty much full the entire day (and pretty much the rest of the trip then consisted of one meal a day). Well, we did consume about 3000 calories each…I'd hope we wouldn't want to eat any more. Sheesh!

This day, we planned on doing all our sight-seeing. What actually happened is that we didn't leave Fisherman's Warf. I had grandiose plans of us hitting China Town, Union Square, Nob Hill…yeah. That didn't happen. There is way too much to do in that city!

We visited Alcatraz for several hours. And that's one cool place! I highly recommend that if you visit San Francisco get tickets well in advance and you'll be fine. I don't recall any funny incidences here…strangely enough. Though I did listen to the German speaking people talk about shoes and the other people around us. That was quite entertaining.

We then hit Pier 39 on our way back to trying to see more of the Warf area. I'd equate Pier 39 to Navy Pier in Chicago. It has all the fun shops, food, carnival rides, etc. The highlight was visiting Harry Mason. The clerk was a little odd, "lend me your ear" in this really high pitched accent of some sort about every 30 seconds. She was funny, and so we bought some earrings there. They are really interesting! After all that excitement, it was ice cream time.

We also saw some really loud sea lions. I think they were hungry. Good thing Yoda didn't come along…she BAlcatrazFerryFrame would have been a snack!

After wandering aimlessly, we headed back to the hotel and booked a city tour for Sunday with the cranky concierge. We figured we wouldn't see the cool stuff if we didn't do that. Then it was up to the room to get ready for the evening events.

We got dressed as we would here in Chicago for a night out on the town. Let me be the first to mention this was a HUGE error on our parts. First, it was freaking cold there at night! Second, we were REALLY overdressed. Or underdressed. Depends on which way you look at it, I guess. Anyway, our first stop was a WAAAAAY off Broadway show called Shopping! The Musical.


heather October 8, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Sounds like you had the best vacation!

delia October 8, 2009 at 4:50 pm

I love San Francisco! I only live 2.5 hours away so I totally take it for granted, but I think you’ve encouraged me to go back to Alcatraz!

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