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California ( September 9-24, 2005)

San Francisco

The happiest place on Earth

We arrived in San francisco in the late afternoon, and there wasn't much time for me to savour it before heading out in the early evening. Steve promised me we'd be back some day for a longer taste.

The city business district can be seen at the end of the street.

Here's one of the newer streetcars on Market Street.

There are a number of piers north of the Ferry Building, just off the Embarcadero.

The Ferry Building, at the end of Market Street, is the place to catch ferries across the bay to Alameda and Oakland.

The western segment terminating in San Francisco consists of two suspension bridges end-to-end with a central anchorage (pictured at right).

The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, locally known as the Bay Bridge, is a toll bridge linking San Francisco with Oakland. At left, you can see Yerba Buena Island, which connects the east and west segments of the bridge.

During its operation, Alcatraz held such infamous criminals as Al Capone (Al Caponi); Robert Franklin Stroud, the Birdman of Alcatraz; and Alvin Karpis.

Alcatraz, the famous maximum security prison which was in operation from 1934-1963, is sited on Alcatraz Island, also known as "The Rock".

The sea lions are mostly young males who entertain tourists by wrestling each other for a spot on the floating platforms.

Sea lions have been hanging out at Pier 39 since the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989. They are a major tourist attraction and you can hear them from quite a distance away!

The Golden Gate Bridge was the largest suspension bridge in the world when it was built in 1937.

A twilight view of the Golden Gate Bridge. After driving north across the bridge, make sure you stop at the vista point to admire the view of the bay.

Turning my life around.....