Geoff Brock & Bruce Gamble

San Francisco

On Sunday 18th April, we left Auckland, New Zealand and the Southern Hemisphere to fly to San Francisco. We left at 6.00 pm and flew for 12 hours, As we landed the pilot said "Welcome to Los Angeles, The time is 11.00 am and it's Sunday, 18th April - again! We had crossed the international date line in the night and had gone back 24 hours.
We flew on to San Francisco and took a cab to our hotel - the Triton. It was very convenient for China town!
It was a very good hotel - quiet and with friendly efficient staff. The decor was a little strange!
On Monday, we had breakfast in a diner. There was an Edsel in the middle of the floor and the waitresses were dressed in 30's costume. Unfortunately, the food was nothing special. We took a cable car to Fishermans Wharf. The ride was fun, but the wharf was a bit disappointing; rather like Brighton. The views of the bridge were good, though.
We took a tram back - they have restored some old trams and they are great fun - very 1930's.
We had to go to the Castro, of course!
On Tuesday we went to the Coit Tower: we loved the murals and the views from the top were good.
Later we mooched around the city, but there was not a great deal to see or do.
Unfortunately, we found that if we went further than two or three blocks from the centre, Union Square, the streets were full of drunks, druggies, aggressive beggars and other ne'er-do-wells. We decided it would not be good to be poor or sick in the USA. We returned to the Square and tried to do some shopping, but there was not a great choice, and try as we might, we could not spend our money. So we rang BA and managed to get a flight home a day early.
Good-bye, San Francisco. What a huge disappointment.
©Geoff Brock and Bruce Gamble