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Old 11-01-2013, 12:28 PM   #211
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That is a dream place I want to visit. I know that sounds weird, but I really do. What a creepy place to be put at...and you are right, a creepy place to raise your family.
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Old 11-01-2013, 12:50 PM   #212
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It ain't no Disneyland, that's for sure!
I know! It's so crazy the things that attract me. "let's go to a prison and then ride the Space mountain."
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Old 11-01-2013, 01:15 PM   #213
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What a creepy place - especially with the fog! It would be an interesting tour though.
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Another interesting place in California that I've never been to. I'm going to have to schedule some time to be a tourist in my home state!
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Old 11-01-2013, 02:18 PM   #215
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Love the Alcatraz update. What a change the time you visit makes. We have been to Alcatraz three times and always went later in the day and the place was always packed.

BTW - I made a note of that seafood restaurant you went to - we still want to do California in 2016 and that sounds right up Tom's street.
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Old 11-01-2013, 02:42 PM   #216
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Wow! Awesome photos and very creepy place. The story about the hole gives me the chills!
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Old 11-01-2013, 07:49 PM   #217
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Really creepy place, bet there are some bad vibes there considering the population which was living there!
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Old 11-01-2013, 08:26 PM   #218
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The pics are amazing. Looks like a gorgeous city to visit.
LOL the Goofy cut out.
I now have the Full House theme in my head. LOL
I bookmarked his website for when we get out there.
LOL at the dessert menu.
Great pics of Alcatraz. The night tour sounds like fun.
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Old 11-01-2013, 09:42 PM   #219
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Ellen! Again - I am so sorry that I got so far behind! I was counting on being "subscribed" and something went awry - I'm so glad you popped back into my TR so my rapidly aging memory was jarred!

Not totally caught up yet, but the tour sounds amazing! I am seriously considering doing something like that. I lived in SF for years, but I didn't visit half those places. Something about living somewhere for me - I can "do that anytime" so I never do it!

Of all the photos though my absolute favorite is the one where the woman just sat down and joined the photo!!! That is so hilarious! I can't even stand it!!!!!!!
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Old 11-01-2013, 11:56 PM   #220
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LOL ya when we went and they said families lived there the boys thought it was soo cool... They kept saying wow they got to live on an island.. um ya NO its not like Castaway Cay! LMAO

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Old 11-03-2013, 01:11 AM   #221
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Phew! All caught up!

Your dinner in Little Italy looks amazing. And your evening out sounds so fun - I am pretty sure that is the same Ferry Building wine bar I occasionally visited after work (on the rare occasion that I commuted by ferry). Love that building!

The Alcatraz tour looks so cool! I suppose I will have to wait a few years until DD is a bit older though.

Can't wait to hear more!
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Old 11-03-2013, 08:48 AM   #222
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[B] She was SO STRANGE!!! The kids sat down, I was saying move a little left (their right) and as I am saying this she plops down. Then REALLY LOUDLY I say, "OK, ready for me to take your picture boys???" And she just smiles at me- so then i said "You ready, too, Grandma?" and she just smiles at me again- so....CLICK. There ya have it. And she did speak English- her family came up after that and started talking (they were leaving too). I was hoping that they were going to try to do a photo- because I was going to have us all sit back down if they were, LOL! But they didn't.
That is so funny! Some people make you It reminds me of a time back home - we were at a Chinese place celebrating 3 family birthdays in April, and the owner went in the back and got a lady we didn't know and seated her at our table so the staff could sing Happy Birthday and then he took a polaroid photo for their wall! We have often laughed about that moment. Guess he didn't want to use up two photos.
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Old 11-03-2013, 09:08 AM   #223
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All caught up again! The wine bar looks like a nice place to visit, but don't get too comfortable on that stool!

Your seafood dinner looked like a great place. Jim would have loved all the tentacles and everything. His fav is the Cioppino I would probably just go for the steamed clams. love them.

ALCATRAZ! Jim said it about every 5 minutes just to bug me when we were there - it was just kind of in the background every time we turned around. He had already visited during a Basketball tourney and I really don't do old prison tours - just creeps me out! Even your pic with the look back to the city through the fog looks ominous. You got some great shots. Yeah, not a place I would want to raise my kids.
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Old 11-03-2013, 05:35 PM   #224
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Hi Ellen,
We purchased our wine for our Alaska cruise in that wine store at the Ferry Bldg! Got a nice souvenir bag as well.

You picked a great location to stay. We stayed at the Marriott at Fisherman's Wharf and loved it, but EVERY tour we took started and ended at the Ferry Building!

Loving your report. Glad to see you are back to posting.

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Old 11-04-2013, 01:54 AM   #225
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I was really far behind but thanks to your links I am now caught up.

Loving the TR so far, San Francisco looks like such a cool place, My Dad has always said it is one of his favorite cities to visit. I will have to get there someday.

Those hills and steps were crazy! Thank goodness you only had to go down them and not up!

Alcatraz definitely looked creepy
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