The Golden Gate Park and Alcatraz

Our second day in San Francisco was sunny and warm, so we decided to make the most of it and head to the famous Golden Gate Park.

On the way, we encountered the San Francisco Marathon.

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Running isn’t our thing, so we stuck with something we’re good at. Breakfast. At the Pork Store Cafe, where we sat in the window and watched the runners.

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The menu was classic American fare. I had scrambled eggs with avocado, topped with tomato salsa, served with hash and ‘biscuits’. Biscuits are like savoury scones.

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It was HUGE. Everyone had warned us about American portion sizes. It was all true. Saying that, it was delicious, so I didn’t mind…

Alex ordered scrambled eggs with chorizo, served with the hash and biscuits.

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Also huge, also delicious. He managed to eat ALMOST all of it. Pretty impressive.

After we’d stuffed ourselves silly, we continued our walk up the road to the Golden Gate Park. The place is gorgeous and HUGE. You feel like you’re so far from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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We went into the Conservatory of Flowers, which was tropically warm (good practice for Hawaii?).

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Next up, the Japanese Tea Gardens. A maze of zen-like gardens, streams, bridges and trees.

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We continued walking to the top of the park, which is a Long Way. By the time we got to the top, we were pretty knackered so we went home and took a nap in preparation for the next stage of our day…

Alcatraz. We walked up the Embarcadero to Pier 33, where we were greeted with this view of the Bay Bridge.

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We boarded a ferry across to The Rock. We also tried our first ever pretzels on the ferry ride over.

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Verdict: kind of boring, twisty bread.

We landed on Alcatraz and went round, guided by some genuinely interesting audio (normally we skip this, but it was narrated by former wardens and inmates, so was pretty fascinating).

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The prison block was dark, creepy and fascinating.

The views across the Bay were amazing.

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After a couple of hours, we wandered back to the dock to catch the ferry back to the city. We escaped Alcatraz (boom).

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