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Experience Vicarious Thrills of San Francisco

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A May 2005 trip to San Francisco by Clovery

Lombard Street Photo, San Francisco, California More Photos
Quote: Stepping out of San Francisco International Airport, I became completely immersed in the city--its boundless mountains, immaculate blue skies, and temperate weather. I had a hunch it was going to be a wonderful trip!

Experience Vicarious Thrills of San Francisco

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Overview

Lombard Street Photo, San Francisco, California
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Look around you--pieces of landmarks are tucked away into the corners of the city. Everything is so overwhelming, and you feel like visiting them all at the same time. Allowed a week-long stay in San Francisco for the city itself and another few for nearby cities. The first landmark in San Francisco that springs into your mind would be Golden Gate Bridge. There are a number of lookouts where you can contemplate this remarkable structure. (Read my "Golden Gate Bridge" entry.) Next is the world-renowned Fisherman's Wharf, where the view of Alcatraz Island is conspicuous and more distinct on a clear day. Because of San Francisco's geographical position on the tip of a slender peninsula, the sky is ...Read More

San Francisco Marriott Marquis

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Hotel | "Marriott San Francisco"

San Francisco Marriott Marquis Photo, San Francisco, California
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Location was superb, in the heart of downtown San Francisco and steps away from Union Square and Moscone Convention Center. With these, it still really depends on what you are looking for and the nature of the visit. This is an absolute great hotel for business purposes. The exalted lobby was enhanced with granite vanity tops and stone floors. Gregarious staff members came to welcome us once we stepped out of the car and always greeted us with smiles on their faces, ensuring our stay was comfortable. But the thing was, I did not like being treated like some kind of princess or queen. It made me feel uneasy. Our suite was located on premium floor and was only accessible with door cards...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 30, 2005

San Francisco Marriott Marquis
55 Fourth Street
San Francisco, California 94103
(415) 896-1600

Residence Inn Oyster Point Waterfront Photo, San Francisco, California
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This hotel was totally amazing. Be it the location, services, and accessibility, everything was more than perfect. It was midway between San Francisco Airport and downtown. In front of Residence Inn was a waterfront reaches into San Francisco Bay. An early stroll along the waterfront opened up to a stunning view of the boundless mountains embraced by morning hazes. But the air and breeze was normally frigid. Starting at 6:30am, breakfast was prepared for its guests without fail. Hot pipping scrambled eggs, bacons, muffins, DIY waffles, fresh fruits and dozens of variety beverages await you. The capacity of eatery area near to the front desk was about 120 guests. Just outside the buffet bars, was...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 30, 2005

Residence Inn Oyster Point Waterfront
1350 Veterans Blvd South
San Francisco, California
650-837-9000

Fisherman's Wharf

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Attraction

Fisherman's Wharf Photo, San Francisco, California
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On our first visit, the place was utterly quiet. Dark clouds hung low over Alcatraz Island, which could be seen from Pier 43 ½, where you board bay cruises and access the ferry terminal. The day looked somber and was close to 50 degrees. It was not a good day to do anything. On our second visit, the weather was totally in contrast from the other time. It was sunshine and bright. The skies were impeccable. The day was so perfect to do anything. Near to Fisherman's Wharf, we rented a tandem bicycle from "Wheel Fun Rentals" located on 2739 Taylor Street. The congenial owner of the shop laid out a detailed map of Fisherman's Wharf and gave us suggestions for where we could ride. Before we left fo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 30, 2005

Fisherman's Wharf
The Embarcadero
San Francisco, California
415/956-3493

Golden Gate Bridge

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Attraction | "The Golden Gate Bridge"

Golden Gate Bridge Photo, San Francisco, California
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How do you like to view it - from far, on it, or from the top? I have three answers to the above questions. Marina Boulevard was the road leading to Lincoln Breachery. On a clear day, we sauntered down the silvery sheened velvet beaches and let the tepid waves from the sea lap over our soft feet. In the distance, Golden Gate Bridge was mounted across the bay, with cirrus clouds hovering low over the rolling rounded hills. Breathe in deeply. Inhale the fresh crisp air surrounding you. If you long for a rest, bring along a towel, roll it out, and lie back on the beach. The feeling is just as good as doing a Thai massage in a cabana. In a matter of minutes, rhythmic waves ta...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 30, 2005

Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco Bay
San Francisco, California