Place 75 – Day 1: Mountain View,CA 🇺🇸 – Computer History Museum & GooglePlex

Computer History Museum

We were going to take public transport down to Mountain View this morning, but that would take 2.5 hours, so we changed our mind and decided to take an Uber, which took about 1 hour.

We got to the Computer History Museum, expecting to spend an hour or so here, but we were wrong!

This museum was very large, with about 20 sections in it. This was actually a really interesting museum, if not a bit technical.

This museum was about the first 2000 years of computers and technology.

Lunch

We got very hungry after our few hours in the museum, so we went on the hunt for food.

We found a 7-Eleven and thought it would be cheap to get something from there.

Curtis got a sandwich and Kim got a wrap and we bought a drink each and some crisps and chocolate.

We sat and ate our food and then walked onward.

GooglePlex

We walked down the road before we hit a few Google buildings.

We didn’t book a tour with a tour group as it was over $500 each for it!

We did however walk around the Google campus, as you’re able to do there, seeing the Google bikes, Google employees everywhere and all the Google buildings!

There are over 60 buildings owned by Google in just this area.

Android Garden & Store

We walked a bit further down the road to the Android Garden and Merchandise Store.

The android garden is a staple thing you’re meant to go and take a photo of when you’re there, so we did just that.

We looked around the store and just had to buy something, so Curtis bought a Google t-shirt!

Uber Home

We left here and took an uber home. It wasn’t too far from rush hour, but it took about 1 hour to get back.

Once we got back, Curtis watched the remaining 2 periods of the Leafs game and then we headed out for dinner.

Dinner

We took a bus for 20 minutes down to a shopping mall we didn’t know existed where there was a lot of food options including a food court!

We got a bite to eat here at Panda Express, which is a fast food chinese place. We got Shanghai angus steak and orange chicken with fried rice. It was terrific and just $10.50.


Panda Express | San Francisco,CA

Rating:- 9/10


Documentary

We got back and watched a few episodes of the Madeleine McCann documentary on Netflix before sleeping.

Tomorrow is our last day in San Francisco.


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Place 74 – Day 5: San Francisco,CA – Mission Dolores Park & Ferry Building

Mission Dolores Park & Burrito

We had a suggestion from someone we met that lives in San Francisco that we should go to Mission Dolores Park & have a burrito there.

So, that’s what we did! We left the house around lunch time and got onto the bus to get us to Mission District.

This area seemed to be the Spanish area and actually felt like we were in Spain!

We went to La Corneta which was a Mexican restaurant serving Burritos.


La Corneta | San Francisco,CA

Rating:- 8/10


We each got a baby burrito (a regular one was way too big!) And sat down to eat. Along side our food, we got free chips and salsa as well as bought a Mexican bottled soda which was terrific!

We left the burrito shop and walked up to the Mission Dolores Park.

This park is on a hill and has some palm trees running through it. There is also a school that is in an awesome building!

Kim saw some dogs she wanted to say ‘hi’ to, so we went to say hi and then walked onward.

Walking To Downtown

We ended up just walking to downtown because it wasn’t too far.

We didn’t really have plans from this point, so we just walked and got near downtown before we couldn’t be bothered to walk anymore so hopped on an old school ‘streetcar’.

We decided we would go into the ferry buildings as it was nearby.

Ferry Building

We got to the ferry building and it is still a ferry building but also has a lot of unique stalls inside it with free testers!

We saw cheese, coffee, chocolate, jam, honey, tea and all sorts of things for sale and for trials.

We got to try some incredible salted caramel chocolate and we then just walked around and perused.

Heading Back Home

We had to catch a bus home, but before doing so we went to the supermarket to get a few things.

We waited for the bus which eventually arrived and then we traveled home, perfectly in time for Curtis to watch the Leafs game.

Kim watched some TV whilst Curtis watched hockey and then after we found somewhere for dinner.

Dinner

We had to travel for 1 hour to get into the city and to where we were having dinner.

This was an old pub which does a carvery, so we got that for little money and ate pretty quickly! Curtis had beef brisket with mashed potato and salad and Kim had turkey, stuffing, mashed potato and coleslaw.

We ate pretty quick and headed back home on the bus.

Whilst walking to the bus stop, we saw where the Twitter and Uber offices were!

We got back home and ate some ice cream and chilled out, before heading to bed with an early start tomorrow.


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Place 74 – Day 4: San Francisco,CA – Alcatraz & Cable Car

Alcatraz

We took the tram to the city this morning and then had to take another tram to get down to where we needed to be.

We got there at exactly the time we needed to be and then had to stand in line for a while.

We eventually started to board the boat to Alcatraz Island (which means Pelican, by the way!).

The Arrival

We arrived at the island fairly quickly and there were a lot of people!

We first had to stop at the entrance and get a brief talk from a park ranger as Alcatraz is a national park.

The first building itself is quite daunting as thst isn’t even the prison! There is a cool sign at the entrance, too;

Theatre

We made our way up to the theatre and got a seat whilst waiting for the introductory film to play.

The film was about 15 minutes long and just explained the history of Alcatraz.

Workshop

We moved on from here to one of the workshops which was only open for a brief time today.

Along the way, we saw the power station, remains of the officer recreation hall and the former firing range.

The Power Station

Recreation Hall For Officers

We entered the workshop and it was pretty damaged. Most glass was smashed and there were sinks and toilets leftover, as well a sign, for some reason!

There was an art exhibition in another room in here, but it was pretty unrelated to the workshop.

This is the place in which prisoners would work, making things, sometimes for the military but also worked in the laundry area.

There were some incredible views from this island, especially with the weather we had for the start of the day!

The Prison

We walked up to the prison, getting some awesome photos on the way.

The Cell Block

The First Lighthouse In Western America

We got to the start of the audio tour, which was in the shower block of the prison, where there was also clothes from the prison times.

We went from here up some stairs and into the main prison block.

The audio guide told us multiple stories and information about different cells and locations around the prison, including solitary confinement, attempted escapes, living conditions and more.

A Prison Cell Which Someone Escaped From

Solitary Confinement

A Solitary Confinement Cell – Nicer, But The Prisoner Spends 24/7 Here

The Main Hallway

We moved through the library and we were then told about a part of the prison that has marks on the floor from grenade blasts which were thrown in during an attempted escape, via a hole in the roof.

We saw the visitation station, followed by the officer area and then the officer’s control room.

The final area was the most dangerous – The dining hall. This was where everyone ate and therefore had cutlery. A lot of the kitchen equipment is still there, along with a board of the menu for breakfast.

The food was the best here out of all the prisons, so much so that the guards ate the same as the prisoners.

Former Inmate

There was a former inmate, now in his 80’s, who was signing books. He has written a book about being in Alcatraz. His name is William Baker.


Here Is A Link To William Baker’s Book

– Amazon


The Trip Back To San Francisco

We took the boat back and, by this time, having spent a while on the island, the weather had got more overcast, more windy, and much colder!

We got back to the city safe and sound and went for a coffee to warm up.

In And Out Burger

We had seen that In And Out burgers were meant to be great, so we lined up to get ours!

The menu hasn’t changed since 1948, so there weren’t many options, but we had to get the ‘double-double’ which was double beef and double cheese.


In And Out Burger History


The ingredients are fresh and made to order, so it’s fast food, but fresh!

The burgers and the fries were terrific. The fries don’t look great, but they were fresh and delicious!

Cable Car

We were well filled, so we left here and planned to head home, but then saw the old cable car and had to jump on! Our transport passes got us on, too, so that’s a win!

These cable cars were 146 years old and the only city to have them was San Francisco.

We eventually got a chance to ride it hanging off the edge, which was awesome!

New Shoes

We got off the cable car in the shopping district and got Curtis a cheap pair of shoes for summer.

Curtis’ current shoes have lasted well, but they’ve hit the end of their life, so new shoes it is for Curtis. He got some nice Levi’s shoes, weirdly. Just $20 though!

Rammed Tram

We took the tram home, but this was at around 19:00 so it was absolutely rammed for a while.

We got home and were incredibly tired…we have been on our feet for over 9 hours, so laying down and watching TV was great.


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Place 74 – Day 3: San Francisco,CA – Golden Gate Park Walk, Bison & Dutch Windmill

Golden Gate Park Walk

We had a later start today, but still made the most of it!

We walked to the bus stop just down the road and waited for the bus to show up.

We jumped on the bus and sat on it for a while whilst it took us down to the golden state park.

We were here yesterday in the car, but we didn’t get the chance to walk around, so we wanted to do that today.

We walked around the park, just looking around, for a long time, as it was a perfect day again!

There were a lot of people just playing sports and relaxing on the grass.

Coffee

We decided we wanted to find somewhere for coffee, so went to a placed called Beanery.

This place smelled amazing and they also roast their own coffee. Kim had a iced caramel latte and Curtis had a cappuccino. Both of our coffees were phenomenal!


Beanery | San Francisco,CA

Rating:- 10/10


Bison

We walked towards the beach and came across the bison pen. There are about 5 bison homed here in total and they are huge!

Dutch Windmill

We walked onwards towards the beach where there was also a large Dutch windmill. this windmill was absolutely beautiful, so we stopped and got some photos.

Dinner

We wanted to go for dinner from where we were, so we caught a bus all the way to downtown.

Whilst on the bus, we had a look at places to go and found an amazing looking Italian pizza place in the Italian area of the city.

We got off the bus near the restaurant and proceeded to walk there.

The restaurant wasn’t too busy so we got our food quite quick. We had a starter of buffalo mozzarella (as it was also a mozzarella bar) with arugula, tomato and bread. This was a terrific starter with excellent flavour.

Once our starter was finished, the pizza came at the perfect time. We got what we called a fancy version of a margherita, the difference being buffalo mozzarella.

The pizza was terrific and took us right back to being in Rome!

We had a tiramisu for dessert, which was alright, and then we left.

Unfortunately the service wasn’t great, but the food was pretty solid!


Il Casaro Pizzeria | San Francisco,CA

Rating:- 7.8/10


We left here and came home, stopping off for some supplies on the way.

We caught up with our TV and then it was time to sleep.

Tomorrow

We have a fun filled day tomorrow! Something to tick off the list for sure.


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Place 74 – Day 2: San Francisco,CA – Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf & Pier 39

Former Work Friends

We were up at a good time to meet up with a former work colleague of Kim’s. He lives here in San Francisco and we arranged to have some lunch with him.

He picked us up in his car and said he wanted to show us some places before we had lunch.

Golden Gate Park

We drove through Golden Gate park whilst we chatted about our travels and some other things.

We drove through the park, which is incredibly huge and even houses Bison and sometimes does concerts.

Waterfront & Lunch

We got to the waterfront and found somewhere to park before strolling around a little bit.

We stopped for lunch at a diner called Louis’ which has been open since 1937 and still only takes cash, which is quite cool.

Kim had a turkey BLT and Curtis had eggs benedict with ham.


Louis’ Restaurant | San Francisco, CA

Rating:- 8/10


We finished up our lunch and hopped back into the car.

Golden Gate Bridge

We drove to the golden gate bridge to get photos of it as well as photos of Alcatraz. The weather was amazing and apparently it is rare to see everything so clearly.

Downtown Tour

We were driven to downtown and shown around various places. There were some St. Patrick’s day festivities going on so it was quite busy, but we were shown a few different places which was great!

We said goodbye to our friend and were very thankful for him showing us around.

We stayed downtown and went to buy a card to use on the bus. We got a 7 day pass each and we can use this as much as we want on both that and on the ferries and metro, which is perfect! That was just $40 each.

Fisherman’s Wharf & Pier 39

We had a stroll around Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39, which were absolutely rammed, but somewhere to walk around.

Part Of Pier 39

There were a lot of random shops and restaurants as well as, randomly, some sea lions!

Sea Lions!

Bay Bridge

We sat and watched the sea lions for a bit. We thought they were fighting but then it was apparent they were doing something else, so we abruptly left them to it.

We walked around the fisherman’s wharf some more and that area, just wandering around and seeing what’s about.

We eventually figured out which bus we needed to take and walked up to the required bus stop, with almost perfect timing!

We got on the bus and sat on it for 45 minutes before getting off the bus a couple of blocks from where we are staying.

KFC

We decided KFC was easy for dinner, so we walked for 15 minutes to get it.

We got way too much food, as the sides are so big here, but it was pretty good. We got some chicken, sweetcorn, coleslaw & some ‘biscuits’. We also got a huge chocolate cake for free with our food, for some reason!

We sat and watched TV whilst in a food coma.


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Place 74 – Day 1: San Francisco,CA 🇺🇸 – A Bumpy Flight, Living In A Garage & A Brewery

Train To The Airport

We had no breakfast left this morning as we ate it for a snack last night, so we passed on breakfast and just got showered and ready to go.

We were mostly packed, just the last few things to add, and then we left the apartment and walked to the train station.

We bought our tickets for the train and waited the 10 minutes for it to arrive.

We sat on the train for about 30 minutes and then arrived at the airport.

Seattle > San Francisco

We checked our bag when we got to the airport and went through security.

We were hungry, so were on the hunt for some food, but we had to get to our gate which was in the N section, so we had to ride the plane train briefly.

We got a breakfast bagel each and sat and waited for our plane to board. We were sitting right at the back, so were last on.

The flight was pretty bumpy, but it was just 1 hour 40 minutes, so it was no problem, really.

We listened to podcasts on the plane and we also got a free drink & biscuit.

San Francisco

We landed and walked down to the baggage claim, where our bag already was!

We then saw a sign regarding Uber, which said we had to get it from the top of the parking garage, so we walked there.

Once we got there, we were told what to select on Uber and actually got a small discount for doing it from the right place, which is quite cool!

We got a BMW 5 series, which was cool, and sat in the car for 33 minutes to get to where we are staying.

Living In A Garage

We arrived at our AirBnb and got ourselves in. This is in a garage in someone’s house, but it’s pretty nice! The main thing we have noticed about San Francisco so far is that it is obviously much warmer than Seattle, which is great!

We can actually see the Golden Gate bridge when we walk down the road a little, which is awesome.

Dinner

We went to a brewery for dinner as it is a 5 minute walk from our apartment.

The food was actually great and the beer was good, too!

We had the mac and cheese sharer, sweet potato fries and grilled broccoli.

The broccoli stole the show but the mac and cheese wasn’t as good as we had hoped.


Sunset Reservoir Brewery | San Francisco,CA

Rating:- 9/10


We came home and relaxed watching some TV and planning some things to do whilst we are here.


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Place 73 – Day 7: Seattle,WA – Gas Works Park, Pinball Museum & Oldest Chinese Restaurant

Sleep!

We slept in until 11:45 this morning, partially by accident but also it was lovely to get some sleep.

We had our breakfast, showered and finally headed out at around 13:30.

2 Buses

We got onto the bus and had to change at downtown onto a bus taking us further north.

We got up to an area called Fremont and walked towards the Gas Works Park.

Gas Works Park

The gas works park is a park which contains a former coal gasification plant.

The style looks very ‘steampunk’ and it is a really awesome thing to look at. This place was used from 1906-1956 and still looks great for its age! This is actually the old remaining coal gasification plant in the US!


More About The Gas Works Park | Seattle,WA


We were also able to get amazing photos of the city from this view point!

Google

We were aware that Google had an office around that area too, so we walked down the coast line and then came across it.

They basically own an entire street of buildings…it was very cool!

Pinball Museum

We got a bus back towards the city and got off at Chinatown.

We walked for 10 minutes and got to Seattle’s pinball museum.

We had to pay a fee of $15 each and then we could play for as long as we wanted on whichever machines we wanted!

We had a really great time playing all of the machines. They were also layed out in age order, from 1960 all the way to 2018!


Seattle Pinball Museum | Seattle,WA

Rating:- 8/10


There were 2 floors to the store and we actually really enjoyed ourselves, considering we were a little sceptical.

Kim Playing The 1960 Machine

Oldest Chinese Restaurant

We asked for good food suggestions at the pinball place and were told that the oldest Chinese restaurant in Seattle was around the corner. That sold it for us, so off we went!

We got to Tai Tung and instantly noticed how old it looked, but in a good way! It has been open since 1935 and it has incredible character. It was also Bruce Lee’s favourite restaurant in Seattle!


Check Out A Video About Tai Tung Restaurant


We sat and were given a pot of Tea, water and then later, free cabbage soup!

We ordered beef chow mein, sweet & sour pork as well as some rice.

The food was pretty good, actually! The chow mein was delicious, with incredible beef in it. The pork inside the batter was good, but the batter was a little odd and the sauce a bit too sweet.


Tai Tung Restaurant | Seattle,WA

Rating:- 8/10


Hometime!

We walked back from chinatown to our apartment. There were some incredible views on the way, including a beautiful sunset.

We got back, packed as we leave Seattle tomorrow, and watched some TV for a bit.

Tomorrow

Luckily, we don’t need to leave too early in the morning due to our flight being early afternoon.


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