Would have to have been one of my favourite “City” places that I visited. Very friendly during the day for the most of it, arty, great food, shopping and sites to see.
I did end up almost punching out a bloke who ran at me whilst trying to evade Walgreens store security for shop theft, but a last minute brain snap reminded me Im not in Australia and not doing my normal day job. Walked out of that location around the corner and SFPD unloading a robot for a suspicious package threat.
Early hours of the day were another issue. Whilst suffering the effects of jet lag I was up at 3 am most mornings to start with. I decided to walk around and see what I could photograph. There were plenty of people that were homeless, shadow boxing etc around the pier. Kept my distance and life was all good.
Hiking up and down the hills were a killer and don’t recommend if your of poor health.
So in between melting the credit card at Best Buy, REI and a few stores to stock up on equipment/ hardware I also visited many restaurants, Palace of Fine Arts, Painted Ladies, Coit Tower, Lombard Street, China Town and about as far south east as Brannan Street and as far north west as Fort point at Golden Gate bridge, all on foot.
Still to this day I can’t get over the great prices and selection at Best Buy and REI.
I was fortunate that the Hotel (Pier 2620 on Jones Street) that I selected was well placed. One thing that did catch me by surprise was the cost of the parking. I knew it would be expensive but dang!
One of the mornings I also set out to walk to Pier 33 where the cruises to Alcatraz departed from which in all honesty wasn’t that far either. Another morning after watching the sun rise over the Golden Gate Bridge I spent a few hours wandering around Muir Woods.
Driving over the GGB is an experience in itself.
Alcatraz was a good day out though well packed with tourists such as myself and almost impossible to get photos without people in them. A good eye opener into its history.
So I stayed in SF for about 4-5 days before heading off to my first location at Yosemite.
In the end I took about 22 gig of photos so whilst Im posting these up I probably till have more to add. Which I ahem since created a FB page just for this trip: Facebook Golden Orb Designs USA