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Honeymoon - Days 2 & 3 by James & Courtney Deming
Just thought we'd give you an update of days two and three in San Franscisco.

Yesterday morning we walked back to the Buena Vista Cafe and had breakfast and then wandered along the pier. We then walked around Fort Mason before walking back to pier 41 to catch the ferry to Alcatraz. James and I took the audio tour and were able to hear the history of the prison through interviews from former correctional officers and inmates. We saw the cells of Al Capone and the Birdman of Alcatraz. We were also able to experience solitary confinement. It was very dark and even though there was a group of people with us, you could not tell there was even a person next to you.

After the ferry landed back at the pier we went back to the Cannery and ate Mexican food for lunch. Then we went back to the hotel for a little nap. When we woke up we walked through North Beach to the Transamerica building and James took some pictures. We then found a wonderful little mom and pop Italian restaurant. James had the chicken, veal and penne in a tomato sauce and I had homemade gnocchi with pesto sauce--both VERY good. We chatted with two other couples who also happened to be traveling as well. One of the couples suggested an Italian pastry shop they had seen and we found it one our way back to the hotel. We picked up some cannoli and took it back to our room.

We ended up sleeping in and getting a slow start this morning. It was almost 11:00 before we left the hotel. We inquired about the best way to get to Golden Gate park and were told what buses we needed to take. We bought our 3-day MUNI pass (which is good all public transportation)and headed for the bus stop. We got to the park and went to the de Young museum. It has an eclectic collection of art and a decent view of the city from its observation deck. We then walked around the Japanese Tea Garden and had some iced green tea. We then hopped back on the bus and headed toward the cable cars so we could shop at Union Square. We actually weren't really in the shopping mood, although we did buy some sandals at the North Face so we can walk the beach later. By then we were famished so we headed toward Chinatown for dinner. We found one of the restaurants recommended in our guide and ate some good food there. We then hiked up a few hills to catch the cable cars back to Fisherman's Wharf. We stopped at Trader Joe's for some snacks and called it an early evening. We decided to give our feet and legs a rest and watch a movie. Haven't quite decided what we will do tomorrow, but will let you know what we did soon.

Courtney and James


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