San Francisco: The Day Tour & Sausalito

Well, whaddayaknow… Big Bus operates in San Francisco too… I had originally planned on not taking a bus tour here, but seeing as they had a night tour I couldn’t resist. There’s something about a city all lit up at night… It’s one of my favourite things to see.

I bought a ticket and went on the full day tour first, as always, just to get to know the place a bit better. Like so many times before, I ended up more confused than I was at the start 😛 but I got to cross the Golden Gate Bridge, that was awesome. And I jumped on a mini-tour to Sausalito that was included in the price. Sausalito was perfect. I small town with a bunch of high-end stores, lovely restaurants by the waterfront and obvious “rich-man’s mansions”. I did some shopping, had a lovely tuna-based meal at Scoma’s and just wandered about enjoying the atmosphere. (That is rapidly becoming the description of my entire stay here in San Francisco)…

Anyway, a part from the buses not corresponding optimally (that’s putting it midly, there was quite a wait on the way back from Sausalito), the company does a good job here too. The guides were awesome, especially Doug the day time guy I got and Arturo, the guide for the night tour. I don’t care what they’re making, those guys deserve a raise.

I would recommend the night tour if you’re ever in San Francisco, you get to go over the Bay bridge and see a truly glorious sight as you face the Port of San Francisco. But you’ll freeze your ass off though, so dress for winter. I ended up not taking that many pictures because 1) my camera’s shit and 2) I didn’t want to miss anything… Fantastic views, I was blown away.

I’m struggling a bit to convey San Francisco here… It’s just so… San Francisco. All I see is a mass of colours, people, art, murials, monuments, hippie clothes stores, signs that tell you that if you do drugs in this neighbourhood it’s a lot worse than if you do it over in that neighbourhood… It’s just weird. I thought “drugs are drugs”, right? Nope, they have school zones, so if you’re caught doing something you shoudln’t in that zone the punishment is more severe… Which in a weird kinda way makes sense… But maybe that’s just because I’ve been spending almost a week here now and all that secondhand smoke is getting to me 😛
The one thing I DO notice here in SF, though, is the different houses. Residential areas, as well as restaurants etc often consist of really cool buildings. Some old and some new, since a large piece of SF burned down in the early 1900s. Everwhere I turned, I found a house I needed to photograph! (So, eh, sorry about the picture bonanza to come) 😛

I haven’t seen stuff like Darth Vader playing a blue banjo here though (God, I miss Key West already), but San Francisco is weird in its own way. Weird and endearing as hell.

See what I mean?

See what I mean?

Well, I'm going to Hawaii... Who IS my kumu?

Well, I’m going to Hawaii… Who IS my kumu?

Art

Art

The Painted Ladies (apparantly your house has t have at least 5 different colours to qualify  a Painted Lady, themos colourful one has 32!)

The Painted Ladies (apparantly your house has t have at least 5 different colours to qualify a Painted Lady, themos colourful one has 32!)

Alamo Square park, across the street from the Panted Ladies is a great spot for a picnic, which you can clearly see from this incredibly well-taken picture I have here :-p

Alamo Square park, across the street from the Panted Ladies is a great spot for a picnic, which you can clearly see from this incredibly well-taken picture I have here :-p

View of SF from Alamo Square park

View of SF from Alamo Square park

Closeup of the Painted Ladies

Closeup of the Painted Ladies

Architecture again...

Architecture again…

Residential area

Residential area

Ok...

Ok…

More art

More art

As a graphic designer...

As a graphic designer…

Art again

Art again

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

Alcatraz in the distance!

Alcatraz in the distance!

That's SF behind me in the distance

That’s SF behind me in the distance

What happens when you get a random (but dying to be helpful) Asian tourist to take a picture of "you and the Golden Gate Bridge"

What happens when you get a random (but dying to be helpful) Asian tourist to take a picture of “you and the Golden Gate Bridge”

What happens when you get the guide to take a picture of you with the Golden Gate

What happens when you get the guide to take a picture of you with the Golden Gate

Dave the tour guide

Dave the tour guide

Sausalito

Sausalito

Sausalito

Sausalito

Sausalito

Sausalito

Sausalito

Sausalito

Sausalito

Sausalito

I died and went to heaven...

I died and went to heaven…

Save the fish! (or just stop smoking... even better)

Save the fish! (or just stop smoking… even better)

View from Sausalito

View from Sausalito

The view from my table at the restaurant... I was truly suffering :-P

The view from my table at the restaurant… I was truly suffering 😛

Sausalito

Sausalito

Freshly caught tuna... TehNomz

Freshly caught tuna… TehNomz

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