I did warn you that my Trip Report was becoming a novel. Well, it’s turned into more of a Travelogue. My apologies for that, and I won’t be hurt if you prefer to skip through it, or skip it altogether, but I do hope it entertains (and informs) some of you.
See Week 1 here: tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g32766-i258-k375…
OK, here goes:
TRIP REPORT – WEEK 2 OF 2 (week commencing Tuesday, 08 June)
We had a most marvellous day – saw and did so much. Today was our tour of San Francisco and Dan did the most fantastic job of driving us around and showing us all the sights we HAD to see.
On the Golden Gate Bridge we got out of the SUV at the photo-spot to take some shots and we nearly got blown over! So, so windy, but fantastic sights.
We were actually quite surprised at just how cold and windy it was in San Fran, even though we’d read the forecast. Coming from the lovely warmth of Napa it was quite a shock. We noticed people walking about in jackets and woolly hats, but it didn’t mean much until we opened the doors…
Dan really did show us just about everything there is to see in San Fran. We saw as much of it as we possibly could from a vehicle – the cable cars, Fisherman’s Wharf, Russian Hill (yes, even the drive down the crookest part of Lombard Street!), etc. It would be impossible to list everything that we saw.
(Remember, I use a wheelchair, so getting in and out of the vehicle several or many times would have been very difficult. Plus, quite honestly I didn’t fancy trying to push myself up those hills, and I worried about the brakes when coming down those hills!)
In between all of that we had lunch. We’d told Dan (Dan Dolen of Reserve Wine Tours) …
By the way, he is wrongly listed here as Reserve Wine Private Tours, the word ‘Private’ shouldn’t actually be there – and our review for him is here tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g32766-d… )
… we’d told Dan that Mr Batty really wanted to eat lobster on Fisherman’s Wharf so we were thrilled when he deposited us at Alioto’s, right down on the Wharf and facing the fishing harbour. Our table (specially reserved by Dan) was right by the window overlooking the marina, so we had a fantastic view – in fact the view for which Alioto’s is famous.
So Mr Batty scoffed his way through a huge Whole Maine Lobster Thermidor. Magnificent!
I was a little more modest, but was equally replete at the end of it. Also magnificent. I’d been hankering after a seafood pasta so I chose the Baked Seafood Canelloni – stuffed with crabmeat and shrimpmeat and all covered in a delicious tomato sauce and melted cheese. Yum!
We drank a marvellous local Sauv Blanc which paired with our food perfectly.
It was a grand meal and we even met Mr Alioto himself as we left and he asked us if we’d enjoyed our “little lunch”.
Just before it was time to head back homewards, Dan said that we just HAD to have a drink at the The Cliff House – apparently anybody who is anybody goes there! What a fascinating place, with its marvellous views over the ocean, the bar, the restaurant and all the memorabilia of all those “anybodies” who have been there. Our choice of drink, as we enjoyed the views and the people watching those below us in the bistro and the restaurant, was the hot chocolate with orange (alcoholic orange, naturally) and it was delicious.
It was a grand day too! Thank you so much Dan, if you’re reading this :)
Still well and truly full to the gunnels, we just snacked in the evening and didn’t bother with dinner.