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// SEPTEMBER 2009
Movie stars!
London
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Three Valley Lake
San Francisco
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Montreal
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Newport
Plymouth

San Francisco

14nth of September 
Riding the tram!!!

San Francisco! We arrived at the vast airport and went to take our car. Have you heard the saying that there is a Greek everywhere?
Well, it is true, after all! We, indeed, met a Greek employee who helped us with the car rental procedure!
We took the rental car and started our trip towards the centre of the city and the Union Square, where our hotel, the Hotel Stratford, was located.  

We had our first encounter with the city at that very same evening. From Powell Street, in front of our hotel, we took the famous cable car Powel-Mason line and went for a ride towards pier 39 and fisherman’s wharf.

We tried, at the boudin sourdough bakery-fisherman's wharf, the famous Dungeness crab, cooked with spinach and artichokes into creamy parmesan, served on yeast bread with layers of crunchy garlic butter. After that wonderful culinary experience, we returned to the hotel by taxi, we went to our room and slept.



15nth of September 
Good morning San Francisco…

We woke up, took breakfast and went out for a strolling at the Union Square.

We had a dilemma since the previous day, as far as where we were going to go, within the few available hours that we had. We decided to put into the GPS all the interesting spots: Chinatown, Financial District, The Embarcadero.

Of course, we did not exclude the pier 39 and the Fisherman Wharf, which are the most popular sights of the city. A community of sea lions at the west part of pier 39 is the absolute must and the visitors are queuing to the nearby railing, so as to watch their funny games. That was exactly what we did ourselves too. From the same point,  Alcatraz, is also visible. It is a small island at the entrance of the bay of San Francisco, where the famous homonymous prison was built on it.



I want us…to live here…

We continued towards Lombard Street and moved to the Telegraph Hill area. This is one of the highest points of the city, with views to the Golden Gate Bridge and to the city of San Francisco.
We visited Kearny Street too, enjoying the steep ascents and descents of San Francisco. We completed our course by visiting Jackson Square, at the Financial district. After a last passage to Chinatown, we arrived at our hotel.
While starting our journey to Napa, we stopped at one of the most photographed places of San Francisco, at the Alamo Square. That was where we admired the painted ladies

It is a real pleasure for the eye. A series of Victorian houses, behind the skyscrapers, at the centre of the city, takes you back to time and creates an amazing contrast with the modern San Francisco.

The Victorian houses of the Queen Anne era have some unique characteristics. They are usually elegant two storey houses with additional turrets or attics, with a great number of balconies and vast verandas.

The time for us to leave San Francisco had arrived!! We crossed the famous Golden Gate Bridge and enjoyed the view of the city from the other side of the bay.

The landscape was dreamy… Golden Gate Bridge seemed to be floating in the fog, which was coming down from the hills, at the north part of the city. It was a magic picture, which I will always remember.



Wine connoisseurs…in Napa

Crossing the Napa Valley, we arrived at Napa, famous for its vineyards and the Californian wines which produces. The landscape was beautiful, with many plains, with beds of wildflowers, hills with vineyards and almost no traffic at all. There are many idyllic villages in the valley, which is full of vineyards and wineries.

The last years, the vineyards have become the hobby of many famous people. Directors, actors, and mainly musicians have bought vineyards in Napa and they are involved with the production of refined wines.
Lady Gaga is amongst them, during the last years. She has bought a vineyard and a cellar too in the Napa Valley of California.

We strolled in the city, trying to find a nice restaurant, so as to taste the famous wines of the area. We chose the Oenotri, at the pedestrians’ road, in the center of Napa. We sat there in a shadowy and fresh place, really longing to enjoy our wine…    

 

 

 

Country: United States
Date: 2009
Route: Canada - United States of America
Cities: London, Vancouver, Three Valley Lake, San Francisco, Monterey, Pacific Coastal Highway 1, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Torrey, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon , Santa Fe, Denver, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, New York, Boston, Quebec, Montreal
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Country: United States
Date: 2009
Route: Canada - United States of America
Cities: London, Vancouver, Three Valley Lake, San Francisco, Monterey, Pacific Coastal Highway 1, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Torrey, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon , Santa Fe, Denver, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, New York, Boston, Quebec, Montreal
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Country: United States
Date: 2009
Route: Canada - United States of America
Cities: London, Vancouver, Three Valley Lake, San Francisco, Monterey, Pacific Coastal Highway 1, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Torrey, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon , Santa Fe, Denver, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, New York, Boston, Quebec, Montreal
Duration: 18 days
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