San Francisco (1)

Wednesday 04/07

It’s the USA’s National Day today. It’s also the anniversary of the day Isabelle and I first met (18 years ago…).

We wake up around 8:30am.

I go with Ludivine to buy something for breakfast at the 7-Eleven. But the choice is quite poor. We go to Boudin, a famous bakery in San Francisco known for its sourdough bread; great chocolate bread and bread. We also go to Safeway to buy cereals and milk.

We eat in our hotel room.

We walk along the magnificent bay. The weather is beautiful.

I spend half an hour with the kids in the Musée Mécanique( located at Fisherman’s Wharf), a flashback to penny arcade, which houses a collection of vintage mechanical amusements.

We walk to Ghirardelli Square.

We eat crêpes for lunch.

We then walk to Hyde St. Pier, with historic ships, and to Aquatic Park Pier (which is closed since one of the fireworks will be fired from here tonight, for the National Day). Then we walk to Lombard Street. Ice creams for Jules and Florence (and cookie for Ludivine) at the Baked Bear.

We are then going for a walk on Pier 39, where we buy sweets in the Candy Baron store, a nostalgic shop offering barrels filled with old-fashioned bulk candies. Each of us finds his favourite treat!

We go back to the hotel to rest a bit, from 7:30pm to 8:45pm.

Small news (but quite an important news for me): more than 2.5 months after the battery broke (in Santiago), I eventually can use my laptop without power cable again! Great!

We have diner at Boudin. I take the traditional clam chowder served in a (sourdough) bread bowl.

We find a great spot to admire the fireworks, with loud patriotic music such as ‘Party in the USA’ from Miley Cyrus. Ludivine and Jules climb in a tree to have a better view (and to make better pictures…).

Back in the hotel, I prepare our stay in the city until 1am.

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