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Old 7 May 09, 10:12 AM  
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So-Cal & Vegas Baby! part 1

Ok, this is my first ever attempt of a trip report..so appologise now if it sends you to sleep!

We started planning this trip to celebrate both mine and the wifes 40th birthday, it is also our 10th wedding anniversary this year as well.

Our first thoughts was a week in vegas staying at Ceasers Palace after we priced this up we figured out that we could do a heck of a lot more for the money.

We decided we would like to visit San Francisco, LA and Vegas and take in as much in between as possible

well this is us:


Not the best photograph of us I know
but its got us all in and it also show the front at least of the t-shirts we had made up so we can look even more touristy than we already was!

topleft is me next to me is DW bottom left DD and bringing up the rear DS

We are also planning to meet up some friend when we are over there in LA and later in Vegas
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Old 7 May 09, 10:35 AM  
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We left uk 31st March 09 with a direct flight to San Francisco with United Airlines. We orginally had a room reserved at the Holiday Inn at Fishermans wharf about 3 weeks before we departed we found the same room at half the cost on lastminute.com but also the Holiday Inn Express at the same price but including breakfast, as you could use all the facilities at the serviced hotel right next door.

The flight was uneventful, we got a shuttle from the airport to the hotel.
The hotel location was fantastic, one block behind the Fishermans wharf disc sign. It was modern and clean and adequate for out stay.

We checked in late afternoon and once upacked we strolled around fishermans wharf and had dinner at Rainforest Cafe

We planned to be in San Francisco until the 4th April and had a long tour to Yosemite on the 3rd April and while we was in San francisco we had a 48 hour open top double decker which had 3 different loops, Also on the first we had tickets for the Alcratraz tour

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We got a ferry over from pier 33 and took the free audio tour once on the rock. I was ver suprised to lean that it was only used as a prison for only 30odd years.

back from the alcatraz tour we found the nearest sight seeing bus stop and hopped on to see all the usual sights



That evening we again strolled around fishermans wharf and pier 39.
found the resident wildlife:



and we ate at Bubba Gumps. what I hate about dining out in the states is they always rush you. We had now wait for a table and it was pretty empty but why do the servers think I want my entre delivered while im still eating the starter? or for that matter why do they put the check on the table while you are still eating? we had the same experience last year at the coral reef..the kids and kids meals but it all came out together...entre and desert
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what I hate about dining out in the states is they always rush you. We had now wait for a table and it was pretty empty but why do the servers think I want my entre delivered while im still eating the starter? or for that matter why do they put the check on the table while you are still eating? we had the same experience last year at the coral reef..the kids and kids meals but it all came out together...entre and desert
We've found the only way to avoid this in certain restaurants is to order course by course!

Sounds like you are having a great time so far - looking forward to your next installment.

Happy Birthday & Congratulations to you and your wife xx
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thanks, I will try and get some more of it up today
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Love the t-shirts..sounds like a good start
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Oooo San Francisco, my favourite of all the places I've visited. I loved the Alcatraz tour and was also surprised at how short a time it was a prison. I didn't know until the tour that it had been inhabited by Red Indians either.

I'm looking forward to reading about more of your holiday
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thanks for all your comments..the photos look a lot better if the buff bar is clicked to see the full size image..apart from the first one!

can anyone give me a heads up on how to do a trip report index
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