Sunday, September 25, 2011

California trip - Sight-seeing with a great tour guide!

Yesterday was our first sight-seeing day. We started about 11:30am after Hubby got off work. We had a wonderful tour guide yesterday. Dai Wei was Jeff's roomate in college (1989-1990 school year). He was thrilled to see us & gave us an awesome tour.

 We headed into San Francisco via the Bay Bridge!

Then we proceeded to follow the bay around San Francisco. It was neat seeing the Bay Bridge from below.

  Next we went to Pier 39 where we saw a Sea Lion colony, Alcatraz & the Golden Gate Bridge.

We also walked through the Shopping area stopping at the Hard Rock Cafe to get collector pins for Josh since he collects them from all over the world. Now he has 2 from San Francisco!

We also visited Lombard St. We stopped at top & took pictures then drove down it to the bottom & stopped to take more pictures.

 We stopped at the bay near the Marina. We then walked across the street to The Palace of Fine Arts. Beautiful Roman Architecture. I loved the way the light illuminated the column (above right).

   As we crossed the Golden Gate Bridge, the fog continued to roll in. By the time we got to the north side, the bridge was partly covered with fog. We then went up to the vista overlook. The fog was so thick you could barely see the bridge.

 Then the fog cleared partly & the sun came out. We could see a partial rainbow in the fog to the left of the bridge leg. What beauty God blessed us with.

We then proceeded back to the piers. We had supper at Fisherman's Grotto, the oldest restaurant on the piers. After supper we headed back to Dai Wei's hotel where we met up with his ex-wife, Cathy & their son Nathan. They surprised me with ice-cream cake, flowers, sparkling cider & birthday card. My birthday is Monday. A very good end to the day!

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