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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA U. S. A.

2014, Nov, 6 & 7

During the fall of 2014 Serena and I partook of a free flight, courtesy of Air Canada from Vancouver, B C. Canada to San Francisco, return.

On this trip, using my Fuji Pix ST6000 and her iPad, Serena took most of the pictures.

CABLE
CAR
CHINATOWN

HOTELNIKKO
SAN
FRANCISCO
ARRIVING
SAN
FRANCISCO
DOWNTOWN
SAN
FRANCISCO
LEAVING
SCOMA'S
SFO
UNION
SQUARE

After arriving we rented a Ford Escape from Firefly Rentals and headed North on Hwy. 101 through the heart of San Fran and over the Golden Gate Bridge.

Later in the week we spent 2 nights at the Hotel_Nikko in San Francisco.

The; flight to San Francisco, stay at the hotel, and meal at Scoma's were courtesy of the San Francisco Tourist bureau.

Part of a package I had won at a luncheon in Vancouver.

SAN FRANCISCO - ARRIVING


LEAVING THE I-80 FOR 5TH ST.

5TH ST.


CROSSING MARKET ST. ON 5TH ST.

TURNING FROM 5TH ST. TO CYRIL MAGNIN ST.

CYRIL MAGNIN ST.

ELLIS ST.

HOTEL NIKKO

222 MASON ST.


O'FARRELL ST. ENTRANCE

VALLET SERVICE AND MASON ST. ENTRANCE

LOBBY - LOOKING SOUTH
FEINSTEIN'S RESTAURANT ABOVE THE LOBBY

LOBBY - LOOKING NORTH

CHECK IN

WHAT A WONDERFUL, LONG, TUB, I COULD ALMOST STRETCH OUT
THE EXTRA SURROUND MAKES IT LONGER THAN THE CURTAIN
AND WATER GETS ON THE FLOOR

VIEW FROM OUR ROOM

O'FARRELL ST.

MOON OVER O'FARRELL
OR IS THAT - MOON OVER MACYS

CHINATOWN


CORNER OF BUSH ST. AND GRANT AVE. - 1 BLOCK EAST AND 2 BLOCKS NORTH OF UNION SQUARE

.

CALIFORNIA ST.
STOPPING IN THE INTERSECTION TO BE LEVEL

COMMERCIAL ST.

UNION SQUARE

High end stores, tourists, street entertainers, ice skating in the fall, movie stars.

Just like Robson St. in Vancouver.


A CRANE IN UNION SQUARE?

GETTING READY TO TOP THE TREE

SAN FRANCISCO - DOWNTOWN

We did a lot of walking, at least for us.

Some fairly steep streets.

Much like downtown New Westminster.


O'FARRELL AND MASON

THOUGHT I WAS BACK HOME FOR A MINUTE
BUT ITS A REAL ONE, NOT A MOVIE PICTURE CAR

LOOKING WEST ON O'FARRELL FROM MASON

LOOKING EAST ON O'FARRELL FROM CYRIL MAGNIN
SEE PICTURES FROM MY ROOM TO GET AN AERIAL
OF O'FARRELL FROM THE SAME LOCATION

LOOKING SOUTH ON POWELL FROM O'FARRELL

LOOKING NORTH ON POWELL FROM O'FARRELL

1/2 BLOCK UP WE HAD LUNCH - BURGERS AND FRIES
LATER WE HAD SUPPER NEXT DOOR AT CAFE BELLINI
SERENA HAD TILAPIA WHILE I HAD CHICKEN MILANESE
ACCORDING TO THE INTERNET ALL THREE LOCATIONS ARE TOGETHER
AND QUITE WELL KNOWN
ACTUALLY, I WASN'T IMPRESSED BY EITHER

450 SUTTER

IF YOU LOOK CLOSE, IN THE FOG, BETWEEN THE BUILDINGS,
YOU CAN SEE THE TOP OF A BRIDGE

645 STOCKTON

LOOKING EAST ON CALIFORNIA FROM STOCKTON

POWELL STREET CABLE CAR

Two cable car lines leave the turnaround near Market on Powell.

The Powell & Mason St. Cable Cars go North to Jackson St, then West to Mason street.

Later they vere North West on Columbus Ave to Taylor St and stop at Bay St.

The second line - Powell and Hyde St. - has it's Northern terminal in the Aquatic Park at the foot of Hyde St.

Both lines pass the Cable Car museum (The Barn) at Mason and Washington


CABLE CARS APPROACH THE MARKET ST. TERMINUS

AT THE END OF THE RUN
CABLE CARS GO ON A TURNTABLE

THE TURNTABLE IS TURNED BY MAN POWER

AFTER BEING TURNED AROUND
THE CABLE CAR MOVES TO THE EMBARKATION POINT

ONCE FULL THE CAR MOVES NORTH

TAYLOR ST. - THE NORTHERN TERMINUS
FOR THE POWELL & MASON ST. CARS

BLUE & GOLD FLEET - I HAD TICKETS FOR THEIR CRUISE
UNDER THE GOLDEN GATE BUT, UNFORTUNATELY, DIDN'T GET TO USE THEM

PIER 39

PIER 39 IS NOT WHERE WE NEEDED TO BE
WE HAD TO HUSTLE BACK THE OTHER WAY
OUR RESERVATION WAS ON FISHERMAN'S WHARF

SCOMA'S


SCOMA'S ON AL SCOMA WAY PIER 47 WAS OUR DESTINATION

OUR RESERVATIONS GOT US TO THE HEAD OF THE LINE

SUPERB SERVICE

EXCELLENT CUISINE
I HAD CAESAR SALAD AND A FILT

SERENA HAD THE LAZY CIOPPINO
PRAWNS, LOBSTER, ABALONE, FISH, SCALLOPS, CLAMS

OLD STYLE TRAM CARS SERVICE THE ENTIRE WHARF AREA

RETURNING, WE CAUGHT THE HYDE ST. CABLE CAR IN THE
AQUATIC PARK AT THE CORNER OF BEACH AND HYDE

SAN FRANCISCO - LEAVING


5 TH ST. ON RAMP

I-80

SFO - SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

We dropped our car at the Firefly Car Rental office which is South of the airport.

A shuttle bus took us to the car rental area at the airport.

From there we caught a skyTrain to the terminal.


DEPARTURE LEVEL

ONE OF TWO FOOD COURTS

A COLLECTION OF MEMORABILIA
FROM VARIOUS FOOD CHAINS

A COLLECTION OF ITEMS MADE BY TIFFANY

THE SECOND FOOD COURT - HARBOR VILLAGE KITCHEN
I HAD 1/2 BBQ CHICKEN AND SERENA HAD SHUMAI W/ SOUP NOODLE

SFO MUSEUM STORE

ENTRANCE TO THE SFO MUSEUM

THIS MONTH A DISPLAY OF AVIATION IN CHINA

START OF A LONG GRADUAL CLIMB

UNITED AIR LINES DOUGLAS DC-3 NC16063
MAINLINER SAN FRANCISCO (CIRCA 1940)


FOKKER F.VIIB/3M TRIMOTOR MONOPLANE (CIRCA 1926)


MARTIN M-130 CHINA CLIPPER (CIRCA 1935)

DEPARTURES - AIR CANADA CHECK IN

SAFETY INSPECTION LEADING TO DEPARTURE GATES

DUTY FREE SHOPS

MOTIVATORS SAVE WEARY FEET

I HATE TO THINK WHAT THEIR PRICES MIGHT BE
IF THEY WEREN'T DUTY FREE

ANDALE RESTAURANT - HOW APROPOS

BOARDING LOUNGE

AT AN ANGLE THE CAMERA LENS PICKS UP MINUTE DOTS
I WONDER IF THIS IS BULET PROOF GLASS?

GOOD BYE SAN FRANCISCO

GOOD BYE CALIFORNIA

I know I repeat myself when I say `thank you' to; Air Canada, the Hotel Nikko; and Scoma's Restaurant for all their kindness.

I certainly urge anyone who wants a pleasant holiday to vist the San Francisco area, their fine; hotels, restaurants, and stores.

END

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