Saturday 24th April 2010
23.04.2010 - 26.04.2010 22 °C
Woke up in San Fran, no time and so much to do. We headed for Denny’s for breakfast where the boys were fascinated to watch as a man next to us had burger and chips for breakfast. Don’t you love America!! Andy and I had the healthiest thing on the menu, a bacon and avocado burrito that ended up being ginormous! The boys although lively managed to schmooze the waitresses and Fin did them a lovely picture. They still can’t get used to the portion sizes and all they really want is cereal so Mummy had to finish off their pancakes….hard life!!
We headed for the open top bus and found out when the Golden Gate Bridge tour was, then passed the time in between on one of the piers looking at the old ships and boats, very impressive and the boys loved it. Unfortunately we had to drag them away but it was worth it to see the Golden Gate Bridge. The weather was amazing and the usually foggy San Francisco had crystal clear skies. The bridge was overwhelming and Andy literally wet his pants at the engineering. He had to keep pinching himself! We stopped on the other side and took pictures then the bus took us to a beautiful suburb called Saulsilito where we grabbed an ice cream during the brief stop before we headed back.
Back in San Fran we caught the city sightseeing bus to Union Square which is famous for shopping and Maceys. Oliver was asleep so we managed to look in a couple of shops. Fin is slowly getting into shopping for himself and it was cute to see him wander round Gap touching clothes and saying ‘I quite like this Mummy’. When Oliver woke up we realised he had done a huge wee and was wet through so luckily we were still in Gap and could do an emergency trouser buy. If he wanted some new jeans he only had to ask!! Our very brief shopping time was over as Olly-Bolly was wide awake now and in no mood for sitting. We headed back to the bus stop only to see the last sight-seeing bus drive off in the distance. With too much stuff to be able to hop on a tram it was walking for us.
If anyone reading this has been to San Fran they will appreciate that walking around the city is not simple and I myself did not appreciate how steep the hills were until we got there! We arrived back at the hotel exhausted after pushing Fin in the buggy and carrying Ollie on our shoulders up and down the steepest hills you’ve ever seen! A quick change and then a beer in the hotel bar to try and refresh our tired legs! We headed out again, this time in search of chowder. After trying a restaurant that turned out to be too posh for relaxing with children, very nice people but the warning sign was they didn’t have a children’s menu! In the old days yes but these days we decided it was less stressful to apologise and make a sharp exit!
We found a lovely restaurant on Pier 39 and enjoyed fresh seafood and a delicious chowder, the boys tucked into fish and chips again whilst colouring, much more peaceful. After dinner we took a wander down the pier and watched a magician/street performer, he was amazing and not only made his daughter disappear but set fire to her and stuck swords through her before she magically re-appeared unharmed. All three boys were transfixed! A quick look at the famous seals at the end of the pier and then it was a leisurely stroll back to the hotel to put the boys to bed and frantically re-pack our bags for the journey back tomorrow, yes after careful planning and packing in NZ we arrived in America to find out that our last leg back with Virgin has a totally different luggage allowance to Air New Zealand who we have travelled with so far…happy days!