Save Me San Francisco Day 2 – When Harry Met Frank

Posted: October 22, 2013 in Travel

Now San Fran is not suited to morning people, which I am. Champing at the bit to hit the ground early but no point even thinking about it before 08:30 and even then you need a flashlight and a bell to move around. So thought I would spend the foggy 2 hours AM catching public transport to City Hall for another iconic Dirty Harry site. Ok Google maps is about as useful as the American Good Coffee guide but there some brilliant apps available . In Chicago it was the CTA one, here it is 511.org. Simply brilliant for getting a round and knowing when next bus/train due. So headed off to Union square and then on a bus the the City Hall precinct – impressive building even in the mist and inside is tres spectacular. Then as the fog started to lift thought I would search some Bullitt sites which were on way back home anyway. There was Mark Hopkins, Grace Cathedral, Franks flat and even his grocery store all in close proximity. By the ends of this week I will also have travelled a lot of the streets of the famous car chase but as it was shot in seveRal areas it is not a continuous path to follow.

It was time to play Karl Malden after lunch, only a less handsome version of course, and walk the streets of San Francisco .I generally planned to wander down around pier 39 but as the cable car was delayed started walking up a couple of hills near Vallejo st and while almost in cardiac arrest the view was worth it. Got to top and there were two homies drinking a beer and having a joint . Once they knew I was from Crocodile Dundee territory they even offered me a toke – which I declined. But we had a great chat while pulse returned to its stead baseline of 130. Back down dale to Filbert Street and there in the distance was Coit tower beckoning like a temptress. It looked close enough, maybe because it was about 70 degree incline at the end. What the hell, so off I set. By now all fog had gone and the sky was a brilliant blue. The climb was worth it for the view then went down other side using the famous Filbert steps. It was a very pleasant day for a walk once on flat ground so took my time wandering back to Fishermans wharf via the various Piers. Pier 39 is a tourist haven and the sea lions were rather amazing. As always Alcatraz loomed in the distance. A couple of mod souvenirs and then back on the cable car home.

Tomorrow it’s off on a bike ride across Golden Gate Bridge. Hope I get one with a seat

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