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Sausalito, San Francisco and Alcatraz

Posted on December 9, 2011 by Holly Hayes
Part of: California and Vegas Road Trip

Today we spent a lot of time on boats: ferry to SF; ferry to Alcatraz; ferry back to SF; ferry back to Sausalito. It was very fun, but when we got home tonight I still felt like the ground was swaying!

I'm happy to report Alcatraz lived up to the hype - it was very interesting and fun to explore. We spent a couple of hours there, and walked our legs off again. There is a lot of hiking and stairs involved on that little island!

We also had a nice stroll and lunch at the Ferry Building in San Francisco, which is like Pike Place Market but fancier. Tonight we ended up on the ferry to Sausalito after dark (5:30-6), so we enjoyed some really nice views of the city lights on the way home. Then we finished our long day with dinner at Horizons, the waterfront seafood place we went last night. Delish.

We are still making up the itinerary as we go along, but currently the plan is to spend tomorrow night (possibly two nights) in Monterey, then somewhere else between there and L.A. for one night. In between, we'll visit some missions, the Hearst Castle, and whatever else seems interesting. So that puts us in L.A. on Monday or Tuesday, where I've found a couple of good hotel options already. I'm relieved that no other city seems to be as booked up as SF yet!

I've spent a lot of time this evening on trip planning, hotel booking and photo sorting and it's already getting late, so I don't know if I'll be able to catch up on the photos, but I'll try! These are a mix from today and yesterday.

**Sausalito:**

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Another view of our hotel

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Bay

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Arrival of ferry

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Boarding

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On the ferry

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View of Sausalito

**San Francisco:**

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Foggy/smoggy Golden Gate

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Approaching San Francisco

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Foggy/smoggy SF skyline

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Arrival at Ferry Building

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In the Ferry Building

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Ferry Building ceiling

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Far West Fungi

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Steamed pork bun

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Ferry Building exterior

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Farmers' Market outside the Ferry building (every Thursday)

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While eating my $8 cheeseburger on a bench in the sun, I chatted with a nice lady from Michigan, who was in town for business. She thinks Caribou Coffee is awesome, too.

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Historic Hyde St. Pier

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The Balclutha at Hyde St. Pier

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Financial District

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Old and new in the Financial District

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Ditto

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Occupiers protesting the day after being evicted from their camp

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Lobby of a beautiful bank that is a National Historic Landmark for its contributions to the American branch system. The receptionist/guard was very nice and let me take photos.

Various views of the Transamerica Pyramid (1972), which I was quite smitten with:

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Scenes from the "So I Married an Axe Murderer" movie were filmed in the bookstore on the right.

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Chinatown

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Contrasts

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In the Beat Museum

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Laundry day

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A glimpse of the Bay Bridge

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First big church interior with the wide-angle lens - pretty fun! This is the National Shrine of St. Francis, for whom San Francisco is named, of course.

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Interior of the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul

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Cathedral portal

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Italian district

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Fantastic lunch of calamari, burger and fettucini bolognese on the sidewalk in the Italian district

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Steep street

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On Del Monte Square

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We haven't made it to one of these yet, but we will!

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Leaving San Francisco behind (yesterday)

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View from ferry at sunset (yesterday)

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View from ferry at night (today)

Alcatraz coming next time!