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New Zealand / San Francisco - Day Twenty

Friday 23rd April 2010

sunny 22 °C
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Up early and a short walk for breakfast at a place called Joes Garage, a cool café done out in a diner style, very happy days! With old tin Tonka toy cars and retro annuals everywhere the boys were in heaven and Andy and I actually had a peaceful breakfast. Great food and very reasonable, would defo recommend that place.

We then hiked a couple of miles at an amazingly fast pace to the nearest supermarket to grab some nappies and stock up on pinkies, perky nanas and tim tams for the folks back home. A couple of mile hike back to the hotel and then it was time to head to the airport.

Firstly we had a transfer flight from Christchurch to Auckland. Then bizarrely we caught the flight from Auckland at 19.30 but landed in San Francisco 10 hours later at 12.30 on the same day. Weird!

Celeb spotting we saw Dom Jolly at San Fran airport but unfortunately that was it! We searched the airport to find a cash point as we had no dollars what so ever but found everyone in the airport friendly…..a big difference from LA airport. After checking in to the hotel and a lovely refreshing hot shower we were ready to do a spot of exploring. America was an attack on the senses after chilled out NZ and Andy and I did take a while to acclimatise to the fact we were in America.

We decided to take the boys to The Rainforest Café, they completely freaked out at first! But after we explained that the gorilla, snake, elephant etc weren’t real and were just models then they relaxed slightly! We forgot how surreal the Rainforest Café was but when the boys warmed to it it was great fun and they gave us a table right next to a giant fish tank.

We thought the best plan would be to buy a ticket for the sightseeing bus as a way of seeing the city’s main sights quickly considering we only really had just over a day and a half in San Fran. It was good value as Andy and I got $10 off each and the boys got to travel for free…score! We started with the night tour, which was actually the early evening while its still light and not freezing tour! Fin fell asleep during the tour and Ollie flirted with the lady behind all the way through but Andy and I enjoyed getting a proper glimpse of what San Fran was all about.

At the end Fin woke up and asked for a Mcd’s so after the boys had shared a happy meal in Mcd’s surrounded by down and outs we headed back to the hotel and hit the hay. Luckily, although they ended up in a bed each with me and Andy the boys slept well.

Posted by thedeanies 17:00

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