Saint Francis (aka San Francisco)

Jason’s been working on becoming a VMware Certified Professional (and you may have noticed from the badge on our website that he now IS a VCP). Part of his training included a weeklong class in San Francisco, and for those of you who know us, also became a great excuse for a weekend adventure!  I joined Jason on the Friday afternoon after his classes were finished and we walked, trolleyed, and bussed around the city through Sunday afternoon before returning home.

After driving to Seattle, flying to Oakland, and taking the BART into San Francisco, I was ready to stretch my legs as soon as I arrived. Chinatown was just a few blocks from Jason’s hotel, and is a great place to wander around. Jason was grateful I was in the mood to walk, otherwise we would have been stopping in every store along the way! I settled for enjoying the window shopping, and taking in the culture of a “town” within the city.

Entering Chinatown

Entering Chinatown

We found the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory where you can see the process of making fortune cookies, as well as purchase some tasty snacks.

Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory

Where fortunes are born

We stopped back at our hotel to rest for a little while before taking an evening stroll down to the ferry building. The ferry building hosts a farmer’s market on Saturday mornings and Jason and I were happy to order our breakfast from one of the vendors there the next day.

Ferry Building

Ferry Building

We also had amazing views of the Bay Bridge and Treasure Island.

Bay Bridge

Bay Bridge

One of Jason’s top sites to see while we were in San Francisco was Alcatraz. And not just see it from afar, but to see it up close and tour it. We chose to take the evening/night tour and enjoyed the views of the city and Golden Gate Bridge as the sun was setting.

San Francisco skyline

San Francisco skyline

The 'Rock'

The 'Rock'

Inside Alcatraz

Inside Alcatraz

The next day we rode the trolley to Lombard or “Crooked” Street. I have to be honest, I’m glad I don’t live on that street!

Cable Car

Cable Car

Lombard Street

Lombard Street

Then we walked (for quite a while) until we reached one of the bus routes that would take us to Golden Gate Bridge. We didn’t spend much time around Golden Gate Bridge, but it was fun to walk part of it and watch the surfers below.

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

We had many other fun adventures including stopping by Ghirardelli Square for some chocolate, eating some sourdough bread down on Pier 39, watching a St. Patrick’s Day Parade, unintentionally watching a nude bike parade, walking through Golden Gate Park, and soaking in every other “San Francisco” site we could.

 

During one of our walks (that accidently turned into a 5 mile walk) we got to see the houses that were filmed as the setting for the TV show “Full House.”  Having grown up with the “Tanner” family, I thought it was pretty cool.

Full House

Feel free to check out more pictures from our trip in our photo gallery. And don’t worry, there are no pictures from the nude bike parade… at least not on our website.