Monday, March 25, 2013

San Fran Day 2

Hotel coffee was a must after waking up on Day 2 of our San Francisco Trip.  My legs were already sore from the first day but we knew we were going to push ahead and get our sight seeing done for the day.  ;)
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We headed out to Fisherman's Wharf to see the Sea Lions first thing.  *I'm not even sure why I wasted time curling my hair.  You could hardly even see through the misty fog early that morning.  ;)
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The Sea Lions were definitely one of my favorite things in San Francisco.  And they were so active (and loud!) that morning.
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I love how they all pointed their heads up to the sun.  And who can blame them...it was a chilly morning!
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Lazies...hehe...definitely what Hubs & I both wish we were doing that morning.  ;)
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This one cracks me up every time...hahahaha....
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We walked through the Pier 39 area on our way to Mama's Breakfast.
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Most shops were still closed so it was a little empty that morning.
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The tulips were beautiful and they were everywhere!
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Now we were off to breakfast.  Half way to our destination we still had the rest of this hill to climb (on the left below) and had just came from way down where the water was (on the right below).  Oh my legs...
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We saw all of these cute little apartments on the way that had their doors next to each other.  I loved them!
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I knew I wanted to make it to Mama's breakfast at some point in the trip and that there would probably be a long wait.  (I had read about it online before we had ever left Texas)  We had grabbed a couple of granola bars back at the hotel to hold us over until then.  We finally arrived and here was the line we were met with.
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Hubs looking back at me like, ARE YOU SURE ABOUT THIS???!  
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I was.  ;)  Mama's breakfast is just a tiny little whole in the wall that both tourists and locals are known to love.  Hubs read online that even though it has become such a popular place they just bump up the prices rather than enlarging the place.  And bump up the prices they did!  We waited in line for nearly an hour.
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I spy Hubs!
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While we were waiting in line I saw this beautiful church and walked down to take some photos.
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And shortly after...YIPEE!!...it was finally time for us to go inside.  :) :) :)  Happy Dance!  It was the cutest little cafe.
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I ordered banana pancakes and a side of 1 egg.  Hubs ordered the crab benedict which was the most popular menu item.  And remember when I said they bumped up their prices???  Well, the sweet little cuban couple from Vegas in front of us rang up their breakfast at $72.00!!!  And ours was $40.00!! :/  Eek!
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But, the real question is, was it worth it and would I recommend it?
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Well, I cleaned my plate with no hesitations.  We LOVED it!! :)
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Next stop was Coit Tower!  We planned to go up to the top to see the city.  Little did we know how much walking climbing we were going to have to do to get there!!  These streets were straight up people!
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Straight up!
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No lie...this is how we walked...
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We finally made it to the top of the street and then had to climb some stairs to get to Coit Tower.  You can see where we just came from at the church.
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The path was beautiful.
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There was a great view at the bottom of Coit Tower but we paid the 7$ or so extra to go to the top.
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I'm glad we did!  The 360 view of the city was just amazing!  Their was clear glass on all the windows so there is a bit of a glare in the pictures but not too bad.
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Here is downtown San Francisco with a view of the Bay Bridge to the left.
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Here is more of downtown San Francisco and we had just been right across the street from that green park down in the picture.
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You can see Lombard St. (the twisty curvy street) in the top left and the Golden Gate Bridge in this picture.
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This picture has a view of Fisherman's Wharf and Alcatraz.
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And here I stood in the middle and spun around to give you the 360 view.  It's hard to see out of some of the windows because of the brightness.
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There are open windows above the glass windows that you can't reach or see out of.  But apparently several people make wishes by throwing coins out and over those windows.  Looks like most of them land on the ledge outside of the glass windows.  ;)
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Back at the bottom of Coit Tower on the inside were very detailed paintings.
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I guess this was the man with the plan.
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But here was the woman with the money.  (Inside the elevator.)
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Next stop for us was the Farmer's Market!!
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The Farmer's Market was very neat with all kinds of little shops to look at.
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There were quite a few 'interesting' shops as well...
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Hubs in front of the Meat Shop...his kind of store!
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We walked by the Embarcadero Center that had the neatest little water sculpture that kids were playing in.  There were tons of people eating outside on their lunch break.
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Next stop was Chinatown!!
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We spotted a place called Floating Sushi Boat and walked in to check it out.
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Once we saw the floating Sushi boats spinning around the table we knew we were sold!
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You just watched the sushi float around and picked up whatever you wanted to eat.  We were like kids in a candy store!!  They prices were per which plate you chose.
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You could also order off of a menu and Hubs got an order of Yellow Tail for himself.
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What a fun place!!  Now we were headed out to Lombard street and we took the trolley to get there.  Yay!!! :)  Here comes our trolley!!
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And here is an incredibly blurry picture of us on the trolley but the only one I have of us together.  So...oh well.  :)
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We made it to Lombard street!  (The crooked street)  You can see Coit Tower way off in the distance where we were early that day.
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Hubs was such a great navigator the entire trip!  Here he was taking advantage of some downtime while I stood in awe of Lombard street to figure out how to get where we were going next.  This was all where we made the decision NOT to go by the Full House houses...it would have been a 45 minute trip one way from where we were on the trolley/munis so we opted out.
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Oh and whatever you go up...You must go down...
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Whew!  We were just at the top of this hill...
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Now we headed out to Union Square which is in the heart of down town San Francisco with a ton of places to shop.  We didn't really have an interest of buying anything but it was fun to window shop.  :)
A girl can dream...
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And so can a boy!...
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I read online about being able to go up to the top (36th) floor of the Grand Hyatt hotel downtown.  That there was a restaurant/bar upstairs and even if you were not a guest of the hotel, at least if you bought a drink or something they didn't mind tourists.  So that's where we headed.  We were greeted by 2 men in top hats and long tailed penguin suits who opened the door for us and then a concierge who pressed the elevator button for us to go up.  We felt fancy!!
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However when we reached the top there was no restaurant and there was no bar.  Just an empty floor on the other side of this wall with panoramic views of the city.  There were a couple of people up there discussing where to place tables for the event they were planning but they did not care that we were up there so we stayed around to look for a little.
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Some more breathtaking views of the city.  This time you see Coit Tower from a downtown view.
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Back on the trolley to head back towards Fisherman's Wharf!
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We found a little winery so we had a little wine tasting.  And another blurry picture.  :)
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Here was my fave...
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After the Wine tasting we walked Fisherman's Wharf and had a little Shrimp Cocktail before heading back to the hotel to rest and get ready for our last dinner in San Fran!
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Our view:
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More Sea Lions!...They were super lazy in the afternoon!
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By this point we were completely out of energy and could barely hold our eyes open so we headed back to the hotel and had a little cat nap before dinner!...which was...you guessed it!...SUSHI!
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From Miyabi Sushi a couple blocks away from our hotel.
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After dinner we headed out to the Buena Vista for their popular "Irish Coffee".  It was 2 sugar cubes with coffee, whiskey and heavy cream on top.  We split one.  Loved it!
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Then we went to a Margarita/Tequila bar for some margaritas.  I've never seen so much tequila!!! Eeek!
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And then we came back to the hotel to call it a night by falling asleep resting by the firepits outside.
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