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Return to San Francisco

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A November 2004 trip to San Francisco by becks

Golden Gate Bridge Photo, San Francisco, California More Photos
Quote: After a four-year absence, we returned for five days to San Francisco, our favorite city in the US. Having done much of the tourist trail on previous visits, this time round we concentrated on shopping, eating, and just enjoying being there.

Return to San Francisco

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Overview

Golden Gate Bridge Photo, San Francisco, California
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San Francisco is a great city with much to offer visitors with all tastes, interests, and inclinations. Highlights, in no particular order, include: 1. Seeing and crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. 2. Riding the cable cars. 3. Shopping around Union Square. 4. Great modern art museums. 5. Walking up and down a few of those hills. 6. Driving a car up and down a few of those hills. 7. Visiting Alcatraz Island, once home of the infamous Al Capone –- a visit surprisingly interesting and worth reserving in advance. 8. Visiting the nearby Muir Forest –- see the redwood trees within half an hour...Read More

Best Western Tuscan Inn

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Hotel | "Best Western Tuscan Inn at Fisherman's Wharf"

Best Western Tuscan Inn Photo, San Francisco, California
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We had stayed in the Tuscan Inn a couple of times on previous visits to San Francisco, so we knew what to expect. Like most other hotels at Fisherman’s Wharf, the Tuscan Inn is a low-rise building of four floors, with most rooms facing rather busy streets. The décor is slightly Tuscan, with light walls and earthy-colored accents. The last time we stayed here, we received a great rate through a discounting website but ended up in an impossibly small room. This time round, we found the best deal on the hotel’s website itself and reserved a more spacious room. The two double beds were covered in floral prints and the furniture painted in a white-beige. One wall was completely cover...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 3, 2004

Best Western Tuscan Inn
425 NORTHPOINT ST
San Francisco, California 94133
(415) 5611100

Johnny Rockets

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Restaurant

Johnny Rockets Photo, San Francisco, California
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"No, we’re NOT going to McDonald’s," the mother says, disappointing her kids while waiting behind us at the traffic signal. We were not going to McDonald’s either, though after a two-hour delay inside a United Airlines Airbus, due to fog at Mexico Airport, and a 50-minute wait at immigration at San Francisco International (eight persons in the queue ahead of us), the speed at which McDonald’s can serve up some hot food certainly had some appeal. Our first meal on American soil in three years was definitely going to be burgers, but we had Johnny Rockets in mind. We first ate at Johnny Rockets in Tokyo, where the outlet in Roppongi served arguably the best burgers in town – the competition was limi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 3, 2004

Johnny Rockets
81 Jefferson Square
San Francisco, California 94102
(415) 693-9120

Lori's Diner

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Restaurant

Lori's Diner Photo, San Francisco, California
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On several previous visits to San Francisco, we had the pleasure of being shown around by a good friend who first introduced us to Ghirardelli Square. During our first visit, the friend had a Chinese-American boyfriend, and he suggested the Mandarin Restaurant, which served excellent, mostly northern Chinese cuisine. A year later, he had a Mexican boyfriend, and we ate excellent upscale Mexican food in Ghirardelli Square. After meals, we browsed through the small boutique style shops that frequent the center. At that stage, we were still living in Tokyo, and both the prices and products on offer in the local Sharper Image store seemed pretty much mainstream. Soon after, he left San Francisco, and l...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 3, 2004

Lori's Diner
149 Powell St
San Francisco, California 94102
+ 1 415 677 9999

California Palace of the Legion of Honor

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Attraction | "Legion of Honor"

California Palace of the Legion of Honor Photo, San Francisco, California
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Although we had not planned to see any cultural sites while in California, we could not resist the Legion of Honor. It is spectacularly located at the top of a hill, inside a park/golf course with views of the Pacific Ocean and downtown San Francisco. Previously, we read about a special exhibition being held here on the Courtly Art of the Ancient Maya, and while driving by, we decided to stop and check it out. The small parking lot at the museum was already full, but we easily found parking at the bottom of the hill. While strolling up the gentle hill, we could not help but notice that we were getting more exercise than any of the sportsmen playing the golf course using electric carts. Admi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 3, 2004

California Palace of the Legion of Honor
1 Legion of Honor Drive
San Francisco, California 94129
+1 415 750 3600

Golden Gate Bridge

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Attraction

Golden Gate Bridge Photo, San Francisco, California
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I cannot really recall when I first became aware of San Francisco or the desire to visit this beautiful city, but I guess I must have seen pictures of the international orange Golden Gate Bridge sometime when I was small. Movies such as The Birds and Dirty Harry I only saw in my mid-twenties, while living in Japan (it is possible to see these movies at least three times per year, being broadcasted at all hours on Japan’s various networks). Finally seeing the bridge really made my day, and after many trips, I still enjoy both seeing and crossing the bridge as much as I did the first time. Fact File: Opened: 1937 Construc...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 3, 2004

Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco Bay
San Francisco, California