Day 26 San Francisco! Fisherman’s Wharf and public transport!

The day did not start well when Poppy pulled his shirt from the washing machine with bleach stains all over it…  Then I realised that we had been using bleach rather than laundry powder and that yesterday’s machine load had not started so the bleach had dripped onto several items of clothing including 3 pairs on my Country Road pants…

Time to return the car!  Boo hoo! It had become our second home.  We were up earlyish as it had to be returned by 10am.  We navigated our way to Hertz in Mason Street with a detour to see the Painted Ladies on the way.  Probably not the best time of day to see them as the sun was rising behind them. “Painted ladies” is a term in American architecture used for Victorian and Edwardian houses and buildings painted in three or more colors that embellish or enhance their architectural details (thank you Wikipedia).Painted Ladies Painted Ladies Painted Ladies Painted Ladies Painted Ladies

Then it was on to Hertz and a quick goodbye to the car.
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Next stop was the trolley car in Market Street heading to Fisherman’s Wharf.  The queue was moderate when we got there and the trolley cars were frequent.  Then the queue grew hugely as the trolley cars slowed to a trickle.  I think the frequency went from 5 minutes to 20 minutes with maximum half a dozen people getting on at a time.  Very tedious.  Then we had to sit inside the trolley car so saw nothing.  Hubby and I opted to buy the Muni 7 day visitor pass for $40 which included the trolley car that is normally $7 per trip.  However, the others had to pay the $7.  Luckily hubby and I can try as many time as we like to get an outside standing position where we can actually see what is going on. I think that will be cool.  The streets are incredible steep.  We passed Lombard Street which is renowned for its steepness and crookedness.
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We finally got off and walked to Fisherman’s Wharf which was humming on a Saturday.  It had a great vibe.  Our favourite place was Musee Mechanique.  Full of retro arcade games that mostly only cost a quarter to play!  Heaps of fun.
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As I was walking past  restaurant, something flicked onto my arm and initially I thought it was bird pooh.  Then I realised that it was paint from the painter who was painting the overhead balcony.  Then I realised that it had got onto my cream Cue top as well…  We had to call in and talk to the manager who assured us that he would compensate me if it didn’t wash out… Not a good clothing day…

We had lunch at Joanie’s Happy Day’s Diner which was less than happy with a cranky manageress and also less tan nice with the food…

After we had exhausted ourselves at Fisherman’s  Wharf we decided to head for home. Easier said than done.  We walked a found a bus vaguely heading towards Downtown.  We eventually ended up near Union Square where we had dropped the car.  The bus had been horrendously crowded as we trawled slowly through the Chinese area.

After much debate, the 17 year old eventually found us a tram that dropped us a block from our apartment.  San Francisco public transport and streets leave a lot to be desired…

Hubby and I decided to hop off the tram early and check our dry cleaners (advice was that we try to wash it in detergent at home) and then took on the hike up the stairs opposite our apartment to the lookout above.  Nearly 200 stairs, followed by another 110 stairs..  A great view though.
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We came back via the Hidden Garden Stairs (also opposite our apartment) and they were a special and spectacular find!  A community project that has resulted in a couple of hundred stairs with mosaic on the riders that joins together to make wonderful garden mosaics.  Absolutely gorgeous and very clever.
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Finished the day with some congratulatory champers…

17 000 steps and 73 floors.