San Francisco

We checked into our hotel room at the Grand Hyatt in San Francisco. A few minutes after getting to our room they delivered a complementary tray and a bottle of wine, to congratulate us on our honeymoon.

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How nice was that. Also on the day we were going to leave our flight wasn’t until that night and I asked if we could get late checkout; normal is 12 noon. They said they can give us complementary checkout until 2pm, and then it was $20 per hour. Which I thought was good. I organised for a checkout at 6.00pm on our last day. Plenty of time to explore in the day, and then rest and shower before heading to the airport.

Our hotel room overlooked a square called ‘Union Square’. They seemed to have music concerts there every few days.
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We decided to go for a walk and explore. Only two blocks from our hotel was the Chinatown area.
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It was a strange mix of shops in this area. The usual cheap souvenir shops were there. But also lots of shops that had very expensive items; like glass blown things, or metal casts of status/animals.

After we walked through Chinatown we got to the Italian area. We stopped at a small restaurant for dinner. Nearby this building had an interesting painting on the outside.
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We decided to keep walking after dinner and ended up walking up a pretty steep street. Actually most streets in San Franciso are steep.
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When we got to the top of the hill there was this monument building, called Coit Tower.
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It was built as a tribute to firemen by a wealthy lady. We used the tower as a reference when we travelled around the city.