San Francisco, CA, Day 50, Sat., March 21, 2009

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     An early start at 6 am and off to the dining room for our last meal aboard the Splendor.  LJ met in the Spectacular to wait for our bus to be called.  It wasn’t too bad a wait considering all the luggage they had to get off the ship.  We had no trouble finding our bags and leaving the luggage area.  LJ had their own area in the terminal for busses, but bus 8 wasn’t there yet.  We had to wait a bit, but then headed out for our city tour of San Francisco and Sausalito.  Our guide, Donna, was very good.  She’s lived in San Francisco for about 25 years and knew the streets.  It was so much better than hanging around the airport or going to a matinee.  The weather wasn’t too bad in the morning but then it rained at lunchtime and a little bit later on.

    We left the pier and drove past Fishermans Wharf and through the city on our way to the Golden Gate Bridge.  We saw many street performers.

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One of the cable cars.                  Crooked Lombard St. at top of photo.

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Chinatown

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Grace Episcopal Cathedral with Labyrinth

 IMG_4625 IMG_4623 IMG_4622    We went to Fort Point, located at the southern side of the golden Gate at the entrance to San Francisco Bay.  This fort was completed just before the American Civil War to defend the bay against hostile warships.  It never saw battle.  There is a good story about it on Wikipedia.  They built an arch over it when building the GG bridge.

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     We then drove over the bridge to Sausalito. 

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      Donna recommended a hamburger place where you wait on line for your order while they cook in the window.  I had a burger and Ray a sausage sandwich.  It was raining when they were cooked so we ate on the bus.  It wasn’t that great.  We looked in a shop nearby and I went back to the bus and Ray walked around.  It wasn’t they best day for me to window shop.  We drove back across the bridge to see more sights.  Sorry, but most pictures were taken through bus windows.

1. Greek Orthodox Church  2. Queen Wilhelmina Garden 3. Japanese Garden

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6IMG_46867IMG_4690 8IMG_47067 Painted Ladies at Alamo Square  8 Town Hall

     We ended up at Fishermans Wharf again for dinner.  We weren’t really hungry so we walked around.  I was “blessed” with good luck from a seagull.  A man walking by said, “Aren’t you glad cows don’t fly?” 

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We saw the Splendor sailing out of the bay and I just missed getting a picture of it by Alcatraz.

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There were some pretty flowers on the wharf.

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Driving out to the airport we passed the Coit Tower, the Transamerica Pyramid and the new home of the Giants.

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Check-in was very easy at the airport and a worker recommended we go next door to the International wing to eat.  Ray had Chinese and I had Japanese.  This is some of the mosaic tile on the wall.

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It was a good flight, a little bumpy in the beginning, but not bad.  It was 4 hours, 45 minutes to Newark.  We ate a diner in the new wing for Continental and then boarded our prop plane to Myrtle Beach.  It was an hour and a half.  They checked our carry-on bags at the gate.

IMG_4739View from my seat.                             

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  Broadway at the Beach and the Beach, Myrtle Beach, SC.               IMG_4748 IMG_4749

I hope you enjoyed reading about our wonderful cruise!

One Response to “San Francisco, CA, Day 50, Sat., March 21, 2009”

  1. Jack Cummings Says:

    Good Morning Sue and Ray,

    Yes we enjoyed your postings and pictures very much – thanks for taking us along – seems like it went by so fast doesn’t it?

    Jack and Barbara

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