France Tour 2015

Northern California's Finest 
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This is part 5 of the story of our trip, this part is from Denver to Las Vegas, USA  in May/June of 2015.  It was part of a round the world trip that
included France, London and the USA (New York, Niagara Falls, Canyon Country and the Tall Trees)

This is day 2 of our tour with Globus, Northern California's Finest

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Day - 2   San Fancisco Tour and Free Time   Day-2
13 - June - 2015
Globus:
Free P.M. This morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of San Francisco, taking in all the major sites. See the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Union Square, and more. Then, explore historic Chinatown on a WALKING TOUR. Discover dim sum teahouses, see how fortune cookies are made, wander back alleys, and peek into temples in this historic neighbourhood. Afterward, enjoy lunch at a typical Chinatown restaurant. The remainder of the afternoon and evening are free for you to explore more of this vibrant city on your own. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining. (B,L)
We had a delightful breakfast in the hotel. This morning we went on a Globus bus tour around San Francisco, narrated by our tour guide.  Being in a big bus we did not go up and down the notoriously steep San Francisco streets, but they were pointed out and it was obvious they were quite steep.  Wandering around town we learnt a lot about the history of San Francisco as we went through Chinatown, past the Capitol building and then to the Golden Gate Park and car park near Spreckels Temple of Music and the Japanese gardens.  As this was a short stop we were unable to actually see much of the gardens beyond the front gate.  From there we went to the Golden Gate Bridge which was again covered in mist.  We headed to Chinatown for a walking tour and lunch.  This concluded our tour of San Francisco with the group.  Following the tour we took the opportunity of visiting the pier district, where we enjoyed viewing the Sea Lions at Pier 39 itself and then watched a local, entertain the rather large crowd.  Further along towards Pier 43 we stopped for a snack of Gallic Chips before finding the end of the line for the Cable Tram.  We watched the tram being turned around on the turntable and the process for loading, such that when we were to board, an hour later we knew what to do.  They use cables to pull the tram and seeing the hills it went down I can see that a normal tram would be in trouble.  The final stop for the tram was near our hotel.  We headed back there via the shopping mall  where we again had dinner. 

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City center from our hotel room City center from our hotel room City center from our hotel room
San Francisco - Bus tour San Francisco - Bus tour San Francisco - Bus tour
San Francisco - Bus tour San Francisco - Bus tour San Francisco - Bus tour
San Francisco - Bus tour San Francisco - Bus tour San Francisco - Bus tour
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San Francisco - Bus tour San Francisco - Bus tour San Francisco - Bus tour Capitol Building
San Francisco - Bus tour Capitol Building San Francisco - Bus tour Capitol Building San Francisco - homeless mecca
San Francisco - Bus tour San Francisco - Bus tour San Francisco - Bus tour
San Francisco - Bus tour San Francisco - Bus tour San Francisco - Japanese Gardens
San Francisco - Japanese Gardens San Francisco - Japanese Gardens San Francisco - Japanese Gardens
Friendly mounted police officer Spreckels Temple of Music Spreckels Temple of Music
Golden Gate Bridge - still in the mist Golden Gate Bridge - still in the mist Golden Gate Bridge - still in the mist
Golden Gate Bridge - still in the mist Golden Gate Bridge - still in the mist Golden Gate Bridge - still in the mist
City center from the bridge Alcatraz from the bridge City center from the bridge
Alcatraz from the bridge Golden Gate Bridge - still in the mist Golden Gate Bridge - still in the mist
City center San Francisco National Cemetery San Francisco
San Francisco - Chinatown San Francisco - Chinatown San Francisco - Chinatown
San Francisco - Chinatown San Francisco - Chinatown San Francisco - Chinatown
San Francisco - Chinatown San Francisco - Chinatown San Francisco - Chinatown
San Francisco - Chinatown San Francisco - Chinatown San Francisco - Chinatown
San Francisco San Francisco Pier 39 - California sea lions began “hauling out” on PIER 39′s K-Dock shortly after the Loma Prieta earthquake hit San Francisco in October 1989.
You can distinguish males from females: males develop a bump or “crest” on their heads at four or five years of age. A majority of the sea lions at PIER 39 are male. Male sea lions reach 850 lbs (390 kg) and 7 ft (2.1 m) in length Females can reach 220 lbs (110 kg) and up to 6 ft (1.8 m) in length.
The number of Sea Lions varies depending on the season It hit an all-time record of 1,701 in November 2009. Sea lions in the wild may live up to 25 years.
Pier 39 is now a home for the Sea Lions Pier 39 entertainment area Pier 39 entertainment area
Pier 43 Ferry Arch Pier 43 Ferry Arch Street Band
Street vendors Ducks - in every state we went Galic Chips!
San Francisco - Electric  Tram San Francisco - restored car San Francisco - Marina, Sea lion looking for food
San Francisco San Francisco - Cable car San Francisco - Cable car
San Francisco - Cable car ride San Francisco - Cable car San Francisco - Cable car, very steep hills
San Francisco - Cable car, very steep hills San Francisco - Cable car, very steep hills San Francisco - Cable car, very steep hills
San Francisco - Cable car, very steep hills San Francisco - Cable car, very steep hills San Francisco - Cable car, very steep hills
San Francisco - working the cable San Francisco - Cable car terminus San Francisco - Cable car terminus

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A the W Menu Day: TD 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 SS