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Sausalito, San Francisco

November 9, 2014 · 2 comments

After crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, we decided to continue our bus tour to the end before returning into the city centre. The bus continued in an extended part of the tour to Sausalito, somewhere I’d never heard of or planned to visit, but thought we should as it was part of the tour so had free transport there effectively. The tour used a separate smaller bus for this, as the main tour bus turned around and went back across the bridge and into the city.

Sausalito had a similar vibe to SF but on a smaller scale, and more themed around the bridge and sea, mostly noted by the sea food restaurants, some of which were on their own raised platforms over the sea. It was late morning for us, so we stopped in a cafe and enjoyed the view al la carte, something well worth doing after a long walk across the bridge.

Sausilito backstreet

Backstreets of S Sausalito with art galleries

There isn’t a whole lot to do in Sausalito besides a couple of art galleries and tours, so I wouldn’t recommend going there for long or putting it on a bucket list, but what it does offer is a welcome break from the city and walking or cycling across the bridge, it makes a decent lunch break, although if you’re not into sea food then the choices are limited especially compared to SF’s usual foodie choices. What you do get however is a nice overview of the city, and the bridges crossing into it. Maybe it can’t be appreciated as much on a typical SF foggy day, but I can’t find much reason to complain on a clear day. I don’t think I’d make my way there again without a good reason but wouldn’t advice against it for people who have never been before.

Another view from the GGB

Sausalito Port from the Golden Gate Bridge

Before we set back on the bus into the city, we got to walk right at the bottom of the bridge and look up at it. It seems that at any angle this bridge is viewed, it’s impressive. Even the ducks seem to think of it as a nice place to live.

Golden gate bridge in a blue tone.

Ducks under the bridge

 

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Alcatraz

February 21, 2014 · 2 comments

Alcatraz. I didn’t know much about it. It’s a prison out at sea based on a rock, and Al Capone was sent there. I never watched the movies like The Rock, or Escape From Alcatraz so didn’t have any expectations of the place. But still, I knew I wanted to go. I love places which have been abandoned, it fact it’s a hobby of mine to visit such places. One of my favourite places I visited was Angkor Wat, and I knew Alcatraz could turn into a favourite too.

Alcatraz

The Rock

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So after getting the Vegas essentials out the way, it was time to take a flight to San Francisco, the place I had the highest expectations for being one of the better places for food, culture, architecture, acceptance, forward thinking and also home to Silicone Valley too. Fortunately it didn’t disappoint, and I came across few homeless beggars in comparison to LA.

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Vegas Photo Essay Part 2

February 11, 2014 · 0 comments

This is a continuation from the last post‘s photo essay. Enjoy!

Bellagio fountains

The famous fountains

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A Few Days in Vegas

February 4, 2014 · 2 comments

The remaining time in Las Vegas was during the usual rounds of casinos, Fremont street, and a change from the Flamingo Hotel to the Luxor hotel (the big pyramid one with the giant light pointing from the top). If you want a decent Vegas story, get Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson (UK Link), or the film based on the same book starring Jonny Depp.

So rather than boast about how I came out $30 up, watched a show had 3 days of rain in a desert and all that usual tourist nonsense, I thought I’d make this a photo essay instead. So here you go:

Vegas Hotel

New York New York

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