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Old 1 Apr 18, 04:52 AM  
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Join Date: Nov 10
Location: Falmouth
Day 1. 'Let's go to San Francisco'.😂

It was not nice as we departed ‘Sub Tropical’ Penryn and we could only hope that things would get better in the days to come.

This was the view from my front door just a few days before we left!l

A drive to LHR, A night in the Bath Road Prem Inn , dump of car in Purple parking the next morning and then check in followed. Not worth reporting and totally without any issues. The Virgin B787 flight was equally fine.

On arrival at SFO, nobody appeared to be directed to auto immigration booths and we all queued to do immigration over a counter in the old fashioned way. It seemed fast and efficient and despite being 120th or so out of the aircraft, we were through within 35 minutes.
Bags were already up and on the turntable. We were on the Bay Area Rapid Transport system (BART) very shortly afterwards. This was very similar to the London Underground, but cleaner, partly overground and partly under. Tickets are bought from a machine. Different stops fall into different prices and tickets could be bought using cash or card, very simple. The ticket barriers at both ends were very similar to those on the London Underground.
We were soon at our hotel, the Marriott Marquis on 4th and Market within 125 yds of the Powell St BART. It is worth knowing that there are 4 exits from the Powell St BART, so make sure you take the right one. We did not and this caused a few minutes of easily resolved confusion. It is worth adding that the BART is not such a good option for those staying in the Fishermen's Wharf area as the nearest stop is some distance away on Embarcadero.
That evening and despite acute tiredness, we went on a walk to orientate ourselves with locations we intended later visiting while in SF. We walked down Powell from the Cable turnaround as far as Columbus, back up Columbus to Grant and then through Chinatown, arriving back at Market St.
Bed beckoned!

Image of entrance to Chinatown from Union Sq end and remarkably, Dan and Matt neither arguing or fighting each other. Tiredness does have benefits!

2005 onwards.. lots of times!
2017 Panhandle purgatory php?t=1193744
2018 California php?t=1072473
2019 Boston, NY, Dayton OH, Orlando, Naples. php?t=1137302
2022 Toronto to Miami .. eventually. php?t=1220132
California Nevada Arizona Oct 2022 pretrip php?t=1209610

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