(The City of Angels & The City of fog)
11.12.2014 - 23.12.2014 17 °C
Los Angeles here we come!
Just over 5 hrs to LA and we kept ourselves entertained by watching Breaking Bad - we've almost finished Season 3 now...
Lidia picked us up from the airport and took us to her place where we met Marie (her sister). We had dinner together and then Raul (Lidia's husband) got home from work and we had a good old chat before heading to bed - so good to catch up with them all and so kind of them to offer us a place to stay!
We got up a little late and had some breakfast before taking a walk around our hood. Van Nuys seems very nice.
I received a call from Visa Global to say they would be sending me a replacement card the next day (Saturday)! Wow that is such great service! I then checked my bank account to find the money that was stolen had been replaced. Thank you NAB!
We took a drive downtown in the evening and went for dinner at an El Salvadorean place called Jaragua. The food was pretty good - the company even better!
Dinner with the fam!
After my replacement card had been delivered, we headed to Downtown LA with Lidia and Marie. It was like being in Mexico! We bought a couple of things and then headed to the Fisherman's Outlet for lunch - yum!
Lidia dropped us off at Griffith park after that and we enjoyed a few hours there hiking up around the HOLLYWOOD sign and in the observatory which was so, so cool! Griffith Park is now my favourite place in LA. It's so beautiful! We watched a show in the planetarium which was great as we'd never been in one before!
Griffith Park & Observatory
Lidia and Raul picked us up from there and we headed to Wilshire Blvd to see some Christmas lights before heading out for some Chinese food which was yummy!
Easy day today. Visited Costco (I bought jeans for $12) with Raul and then back home for a couple of drinks and a BBQ with the fam. So nice to just hang out with them.
Heard about the siege in Sydney. So horrible and hope everyone gets out ok....
Watched a movie before hitting the sack.
Woke up to hear the horrible news that two hostages were killed in the siege. So sad.
We went out on our first adventure on our own today! Lidia and Raul have lent us a car (how nice are they?) We headed to Santa Monica and were possibly captured on camera for a new tv pilot they were filming there! We walked and walked and had lunch there before heading to Venice beach. Venice beach is unique. It's a little dirty and there are quite a lot of homeless people there, but it has character.
After that we went to Marina del Rey before heading to a shopping mall to grab some food and do some shopping. Good day!
Horrible day weather wise so we bummed around the house and did some washing before heading to the shops again to buy more stuff - love the shopping here!
San Francisco here we come!
We arrived to a rainy San Francisco that was already dark at 5 pm! Taxi to Richmond to find we are staying across the street from the Golden Gate Park - score! Our airbnb host wasn't able to meet us so we dug our key out of the dirt and entered a very cozy apartment! Did a little bit of research, posted some photos and watched a couple of shows before heading to bed.
We slept like logs and woke late morning. Brunch at the apartment before finally heading out at 1pm! No rain today!
We walked to through Richmond which is a very cool suburb. There are some great restaurants around! We found Vietnamese sandwiches (Banh Mi) which put BIG smiles in our faces. They were delicious!
San Francisco is very hilly but oh so beautiful! We made our way to a MUNI ticket office to buy a bus/tram pass and then walked and walked some more!
Stopped at Safeway for dinner ingredients before heading back home. Yuri made a beautiful stir fry tonight!
We are now chilling in front of the heater watching Breaking Bad.
What an awful day weather wise but we still managed to have the best day! We navigated the bus system to make it to pier 33 easily enough and we joined hundreds of other people waiting for the ferry to Alcatraz.
We got some pretty good photos on the was over even though it was rainy and foggy. Seeing Alcatraz Island surrounded by fog made it even creepier!
Once there we picked up our audio tour and off we went! It was so interesting. We spent a few hours on the island before catching the ferry back.
We made a run for pier 39 once we got back to the mainland to try and avoid the rain but we were already soaked. We stopped at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co for lunch and we were both surprised that the food was so good, delicious in fact!
SanFrancisco is really pretty, even when it's cold and raining!
We then walked back to Market St to catch the bus home - what a fantastic day!
Another great day!
Late start. Brunch at home then spoke to Mum before heading out.
We walked A LOT today. We started at Market St then headed to Union Square then up to Chinatown, Telegraph Hill, Coit Tower, up Lombard Street (the crookedest st in the world), then up Hyde St to California St and we finally ended back up at Union Sq with very sore legs! There was a lot of up hill climbing today. The views we saw from Coit Tower and Lombard St were so amazing though so it was well worth it!
We spent today with Izaguirre who was Eric's best friend back in El Salvador! He's been giving us a lot of pointers about San Francisco and it was great to catch up with him!
I've been dying to try dim sum or yum cha here since I read about all the amazing places you can go to. We decided on Yank Sing because of the rave reviews and it did not disappoint, the food was amazing!
After that we headed to the Ferry Building and the pier where we got some amazing views of the Bay Bridge. Izaguirre's wife Veronica came to meet us there.
Next stop as Fisherman's Wharf which is super cool! There is just SO much to do here!
We then caught the train into 'La Mission' where Izaguirre and Veronica live. It's a very Latino neighbourhood with some very cool murals around the place. We walked to a Spanish restaurant called Esperpento for some delicious paella before calling it a night. Great day!
We caught the bus downtown to meet up with Tia Annie! She has been to Australia before so I had met her and it was so great to see her again! We had coffee and a chat before heading out for lunch. Yuri and Tia didn't stop gabbing away for a full 2 hrs!
Home after that to chill. We booked a couple of tours, had a couple of drinks, cooked some dinner and then watched a very disappointing Homeland finale...
Golden Gate Bridge! Boy do our legs hurt today! So much walking in San Francisco.....
Our location in Richmond is awesome. We cross the road to catch the bus downtown, today we walked just a few blocks to catch the bus to the Golden Gate Bridge. The place was filled with tourists as it was a sunny day. I think what makes the Golden Gate so amazing is the views you get from there. You can see the city, the bay, Bay Bridge, Alcatraz and so much more.... I'll let the photos speak for themselves....
Wishing all of our families and friends a WONDERFUL Christmas! Not long till we're home now to give everyone a BIG hug. Stay safe and have fun.