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.

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.

We decided to go for a walk and explore. Only two blocks from our hotel was the Chinatown area.

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.

We decided to keep walking after dinner and ended up walking up a pretty steep street. Actually most streets in San Franciso are steep.

When we got to the top of the hill there was this monument building, called Coit Tower.

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.