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San Francisco in May 2005

After my work trip to Seattle in May 2005, I decided I would quite like to see a bit more of the west coast of the USA and so flew down to San Francisco for five days. It was a bit of a culture shock at first, and my first experience of the town was of getting lost in the Tenderloin (an area you really don't want to be lost in). I have since spent a lot of time in San Fran, and know the town extremely well, but there is a first time for everything.

On this trip, I stuck to the basics; I walked along the Embarcadero, visited Fisherman's Wharf, the Coit Tower, the Exploratorium, Union Square, and got the ferry over to Sausalito and back. I also went on a few tours (in a tour bus - this was a few years before I summoned the courage to drive in the States) of Muir woods, Carmel, and Monterey (doing the 17 mile drive in the process). The weather was warm and sunny, and hopefully the photos came out well - but look at my more recent visits to San Francisco for better ones.

Me standing on the Hyde Street Pier in San Francisco. Golden gate bridge behind
Me standing on the Hyde Street Pier in San Francisco. Golden gate bridge behind
The view of downtown San Francisco from the Coit Tower
The view of downtown San Francisco from the Coit Tower
An jellyfish against a deep blue background. At Monterey Bay Aquarium, California
An jellyfish against a deep blue background. At Monterey Bay Aquarium, California
The Alcatraz Guard House / Sally Port. On Alcatraz Island, near San Francisco
The Alcatraz Guard House / Sally Port. On Alcatraz Island, near San Francisco
Palm trees, traffic lights, and the Coit Tower, in San Francisco.
Palm trees, traffic lights, and the Coit Tower, in San Francisco.
The San Francisco Ferry Building, against a blue sky.
The San Francisco Ferry Building, against a blue sky.
The Coit Tower against a blue sky, in San Francisco.
The Coit Tower against a blue sky, in San Francisco.
Me outside Pier 35, with the Coit Tower behind me. Embarcadero, San Francisco
Me outside Pier 35, with the Coit Tower behind me. Embarcadero, San Francisco
San Francisco street scene. Looking up Jones St. from Jefferson.
San Francisco street scene. Looking up Jones St. from Jefferson.
Ducks in the lake by the Palace of Fine Arts, in San Francisco
Ducks in the lake by the Palace of Fine Arts, in San Francisco
San Francisco street scene. The corner of Mason and California.
San Francisco street scene. The corner of Mason and California.
The Palace of Fine Arts, reflected in the lake. San Francisco.
The Palace of Fine Arts, reflected in the lake. San Francisco.
The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
Another San Francisco street scene. The Wax Museum, on Jefferson Street.
Another San Francisco street scene. The Wax Museum, on Jefferson Street.
The Sea Lion Colony, next to Pier 39, San Francisco.
The Sea Lion Colony, next to Pier 39, San Francisco.
The Coit Tower from its parking lot. San Francisco.
The Coit Tower from its parking lot. San Francisco.
Me standing in the Coit Tower parking lot, San Francisco.
Me standing in the Coit Tower parking lot, San Francisco.
Alcatraz, in San Francisco Bay on a misty day.
Alcatraz, in San Francisco Bay on a misty day.
Inside Alcatraz prison, on "Broadway". Near San Francisco.
Inside Alcatraz prison, on "Broadway". Near San Francisco.
Cell 42, where the Birdman Robert Stroud was held for 6 years. Alcatraz.
Cell 42, where the Birdman Robert Stroud was held for 6 years. Alcatraz.
Al Capone's cell in Alcatraz, near San Francisco.
Al Capone's cell in Alcatraz, near San Francisco.
The library in Alcatraz, near San Francisco.
The library in Alcatraz, near San Francisco.
A colony of birds, nesting on Alcatraz island, near San Francisco.
A colony of birds, nesting on Alcatraz island, near San Francisco.
The approach to Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco
The approach to Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco
Saints Peter and Paul Church, Washington Square, San Francisco
Saints Peter and Paul Church, Washington Square, San Francisco
The Trans-America Pyramid and the Columbus Tower, San Francisco
The Trans-America Pyramid and the Columbus Tower, San Francisco
Lombard Street in San Francisco, twisting and turning.
Lombard Street in San Francisco, twisting and turning.
A car flipped on its side on Lombard Street, San Francisco
A car flipped on its side on Lombard Street, San Francisco
Me standing at the top of Lombard Street, San Francisco
Me standing at the top of Lombard Street, San Francisco
The Californian coast, near Pigeon Point lighthouse
The Californian coast, near Pigeon Point lighthouse
One of the many beaches off Highway 1, near San Francisco
One of the many beaches off Highway 1, near San Francisco
The Kelp Tank at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, in California
The Kelp Tank at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, in California
Fish in the Kelp Tank at the Monterey Aquarium
Fish in the Kelp Tank at the Monterey Aquarium
Sharks swimming through kelp, at Monterey Bay Aquarium, California
Sharks swimming through kelp, at Monterey Bay Aquarium, California
The rocky coastline on the 17-mile drive, near Monterey, California
The rocky coastline on the 17-mile drive, near Monterey, California
Pebble Beach golf course, on the Californian coast
Pebble Beach golf course, on the Californian coast
The sea next to Carmel, in California
The sea next to Carmel, in California
Garlic World, near Gilroy, California.
Garlic World, near Gilroy, California.
The golden countryside near Gilroy, California
The golden countryside near Gilroy, California
The Golden Gate bridge, from the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
The Golden Gate bridge, from the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
Me in San Francisco, with the Golden Gate bridge in the background
Me in San Francisco, with the Golden Gate bridge in the background
Flowers at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
Flowers at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
Street scene. Looking up the hill on Hyde St., San Francisco.
Street scene. Looking up the hill on Hyde St., San Francisco.
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, on a sunny day in San Francisco
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, on a sunny day in San Francisco
The Golden Gate bridge, in San Francisco
The Golden Gate bridge, in San Francisco
Me at Vista Point, near San Francisco, with the Golden Gate bridge behind me.
Me at Vista Point, near San Francisco, with the Golden Gate bridge behind me.
Looking down on Horseshoe Bay from Vista Point, near San Francisco
Looking down on Horseshoe Bay from Vista Point, near San Francisco
San Francisco in the distance, in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area
San Francisco in the distance, in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Looking down on Sausalito, from the Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Looking down on Sausalito, from the Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Natural woodland, in Muir Woods, near San Francisco
Natural woodland, in Muir Woods, near San Francisco
Another photo taken deep inside Muir Woods, near San Francisco
Another photo taken deep inside Muir Woods, near San Francisco
The San Francisco shoreline, with flowers. Taken from Sausalito.
The San Francisco shoreline, with flowers. Taken from Sausalito.
Flowers growing in Sausalito, near San Francisco
Flowers growing in Sausalito, near San Francisco
Me standing next to the harbour, in Sausalito. Near San Francisco.
Me standing next to the harbour, in Sausalito. Near San Francisco.
Sausalito Yacht Harbour, near San Francisco
Sausalito Yacht Harbour, near San Francisco
The Golden Gate Bridge, from the Sausalito Ferry.
The Golden Gate Bridge, from the Sausalito Ferry.
Sailing into the port of San Francisco, on the Sausalito ferry.
Sailing into the port of San Francisco, on the Sausalito ferry.
Looking back at the Golden Gate bridge in the evening haze. San Francisco.
Looking back at the Golden Gate bridge in the evening haze. San Francisco.
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