But we're here now, and we're pretty excited. We don't think five days is enough!
We left Seattle Tuesday morning. Typical weather for that city...it was overcast and spitting rain. We enjoyed our time in Seattle, but have to admit that the weather forecast in San Francisco had us looking forward to the change. The whole week is now supposed to be around 70F (21C), and sunny with cloudy breaks. Nothing wrong with that!
We have liftoff over Seattle.
But things were looking a lot more blue by the time we got close to San Francisco!
First time flying with Virgin America. I have to say Mr. Branson, the experience was uninspiring. The girl who checked us in never smiled once, and although we enjoyed the extra room in the half empty airplane, the flight itself was just average. The flight attendant doing the dance down the aisle as he was checking for seatbelts was kind of fun though! As I said, just an average flight. For some reason I was expecting more from Virgin America.
Off the plane in San Francisco, and we quickly found our way to San Francisco's BART rail transit system. It cost $8.65 ($9.95 CAN) for the train from the airport to downtown. Seems to be a pretty efficient system, and we have to say that both Seattle and San Francisco airports have impressed us compared to some other American airports we've been in. (Houston!)
On the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) train from the airport to downtown.
We got off the train right in the middle of downtown and had to transfer to a bus. Simple procedure, and we made it to our hotel at 1:10pm.
Now, that's really pretty good, don't you think?
We walked out the front door of our couchsurfing host's place in Seattle at 6:45am and using all public transportation we went to Seattle airport, flew 600 miles( 1,000 kms) to San Francisco airport, took public transportation again, and arrived at our hotel just over 6 hours later. I think that's pretty good!
Ruth, at the entrance to the San Remo Hotel.
We're staying at the historic San Remo Hotel, built just after the great earthquake of 1906. This hotel has a lot of character, and we can't wait to tell you more about it!
Among other things, it's about location, right? We're right in the thick of it...
We are only a short walk from Fisherman's Wharf.
And there's the famous Alcatraz Island. We have tickets to go there on Thursday!
Our first view of the Golden Gate Bridge!
Hey, the bay area has more than one nice looking bridge.
I thought this was a kind of a neat shot of a container ship and a cruise ship crossing paths near the Golden Gate Bridge.
Looking back towards downtown from Pier 39.
Of course we had to watch the sea lions at Pier 39.
Why do they all crowd onto one raft when there are so many empty ones?
We weren't the only ones watching.
Wow. We're going to have a great five days here. This is probably the best time of the year for visiting San Francisco. It's low season for tourism, and the weather is perfect. We hope you'll read along with us for the next few days....we've got a lot planned!
Can anybody tell us what this building is...?