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San Francisco

overcast 23 °C

Walked the whole waterfront this morning, from Pier 1 through to beyond Pier 47!
Had famous clam chowder in sour dough roll at Boudin's Bakery at Fisherman's wharf. Saw the sea lions at Pier 39 (Fisherman's Wharf).
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Caught cable car to Lombard St- the world's crookedest street & walked DOWN this second steepest street in San Fran.

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San Francisco, California, USA

sunny 28 °C

San Francisco, home of Twitter, origin of the UN & 13 legal 'Naked Days' a year!

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Subway steam.

Beautiful sunny day. Spent most of the day using the Hop on Hop Off bus. Some drama when our first trolley bus broke down going over the Golden Gate Bridge. Found out later, the fuel tank had detached! We slowly got over the bridge, then had to be transferred to another bus.
Later stopped at Alamo Square where the Painted Ladies are. These are beautiful Victorian homes in an exclusive suburb, that have been restored and painted in various pastel colours. They were used in the opening scenes of TV series Full House.

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Next stopped at Haight-Ashbury district, which is the 'hippy' district of SF. Plenty of 'flower power' decor & 'supplies'.
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Then caught the bus again over to the northern side of the bridge and walked over it (45min). Very windy & cool.
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Caught bus, then trolley car to Chinatown for dinner. Trolley car ride was really cool. Almost like a show ride going up & down those steep hills.
Craig risked life & limb by hanging onto the outside!

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Victoria

semi-overcast 18 °C

Rode the Hop on Hop Off bus, then revisited Chinatown, Bastion Square & Fisherman's Wharf, which has a float home village (similar to Tom Hanks' home in Sleepless in Seattle which BTW does exist in Seattle city).
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Went to Butchart Gardens later in the afternoon & stayed for the fireworks at 8.45pm. Magnificent gardens with mostly dahlias, giant begonias & cosmos in flower. Rose season just ending.
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Sun 31st
Went for a last walk around town this morning then caught the bus/ferry/bus back to Vancouver to fly to San Francisco.

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Victoria, Vancouver Island, Canada

semi-overcast 15 °C

Back to Canada!
What a day! Started a couple of days ago when we went to book ferry tickets to get to Vancouver Island & found they were all sold out as it is a long weekend for USA & Canada (Labour Day). We had to bus back to Vancouver (4hours after delays at customs, then managed to catch the connecting bus to Victoria (via ferry) with 1 min to spare, then bus/ferry voyage took 1.5 hours.
Got into Victoria (capital of British Columbia) late afternoon. Pretty exhausted, so rested for a couple of hours before heading out to walk the town & have dinner.
Boat festival on, so plenty of beautifully restored old boats decorated with plenty of flags. Port looks festive at the moment. City pretty at night with buildings lit up.
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Seattle

Went to get a closer look at the Space Needle. Didn't go up it, however went next door to the Chihuly Garden & Glass Exhibition. Dale Chihuly is a famous American glass artist that makes huge glass sculptures for displays all around the world. It was amazing & very beautiful. Inside the exhibition they have different themes in all the rooms, then the outside garden has the glass sculptures integrated within the garden. Planned to come back at night to see them lit up, but plans changed.
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Ceiling decorations & a boat full!
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Visited Bill & Melanie Gates Foundation Visitor Centre. Displays history & objectives of the Foundation. Very inspiring.
Caught bus to Ballard, outer suburb just south of the city. Went to the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks & watched boats entering & exiting the locks from the higher Union Lake to the lower Pugent Sound. Craig was facinated! There's also a man made fish ladder to protect the salmon in the water ways, with an underwater observatory.
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Called in to Dahlia Bakery to try famous chef, Tom Douglas' renowned Triple Coconut Cream Pie. Pretty good!
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While returning on the bus, saw several Couger fans on their way to a game. Decided to make our way to the Century Link Field stadium & see if we could get some tickets to the College Football game, Washington State Uni (Cougers) V Rutgers. No problem! $24 ea, pretty high up but still reasonable view. Plenty of seats available & just before half time, a supervisor came & offered heaps of general admission tickets to move us closer to the action. Sat just behind the band. Good fun & heaps of atmosphere with all the fanfare.
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