Monday, October 22, 2012

Hop on Hop off Bus Ride

Friday October 12th 2012

When we explore a new city we like to take a bus tour first, the red hop on hop off buses are perfect to get to know the city.  We have done this in Rome, Paris, and many other large cities in Europe and the US.  You get the lay out of the town, and pick places you want to spend more time exploring. 


It was our first cold, cloudy, foggy, drizzly day in San Francisco.  I started out sitting in the open air on the top of the bus but after a few miles I got cold and went inside to warm up and pretty much stated there. 

PA100270 Union Square 

Not sure the name of the green building but I loved it.  Union Square with Saks Fifth Ave and Tiffany's in the back ground, two of my favorite stores.  


If your feeling like a dare devil you can rent a little Go Car and bop around town.  You get fitted for a helmet to go with it, makes me feel much  better.


City Hall, and the Louis M Davies Symphony Hall.

The city hall building looks more like a state capital building.

DSC_0137 PA110296 Golden Gate Bridge

Everyone has to go see the Golden Gate Bridge when in San Francisco, it happened to be the 75th anniversary of the bridge.  We drove over the bridge on the red bus and got off and walked a bit, just to say we did it.


That is one large cable. 

We drove thru the Tenderlion District, which they recommended tourist stay out of.  Haight Ashbury is another neighborhood with a colorful past and still a great place to visit.  Golden gate Park has so much to off with museums and the Japanese Tea Garden.  Nob Hill was another area we drove through.   The tour took 3 or 4 hours with getting off and on. 

The tour started and ended at Pier 39 a large tourist attraction.  After our bus ride we stopped at Pier 39 for a late lunch at Market Pier Cafe. Lunch was wonderful, Mike had clam Chowder in a sour dough bread bowl and I had Cioppino is a fish stew, with dungeness crab, clams, shrimp, scallops, squid, mussels and the catch of the day. It was to die for. 

  DSC_0181Pier Market San Fransico


What a surprise to see a huge merry go-round on the pier.  We did a little more walking on the pier and watched the street performers. 

It was getting late and we wanted to home before 8pm so we hopped on a bus back to the BART station to catch our train back to the MH.

Another wonder full day filled with fun and love.

1 comment:

Bobbie and Jim said...

Great post, Sandy. All the things we want to do. So happy to hear there is a place to park that isn't too expensive. I also love is the best.