San Francisco : 20 July 2001

Yesterday was cloudy so we had coffee and a danish* then walked up to a little park with a great view that the receptionist had told us about.

Then we went to get tickets for Alcatraz and found they were sold out until next week. They release some each day so I’m going to go and try later.

We wandered around Fisherman’s Wharf and had lunch – clam chowder in a sourdough bowl. We came back to the hotel for a bit of a rest before deciding to take one of the free walking tours at Telegraph Hill, which was wonderful – all little streets and steps with gardens and beautiful houses and views.

After that, at about 7.30, we went to an Italian place for pasta and red wine.

* Only our second day and we were already horrified by the prices. We’d budgeted assuming an exchange rate between $1.50 and $2 to the £ (which is what the guidebooks had been based on, and what we’d got when we went to New York the previous year) but the actual exchange rate was about $1.33. Not to sound Bros-esque, but I hadn’t realised what a massive difference it would make…

{Just realised that I tended to write this diary the following morning – probably because I was always up earlier than David – so it will actually always be a day behind, but I’m not changing it. It’s easier this way.}

Coit Tower and Telegraph Hill