San Francisco has so many sites to see and things to do that we knew we would not be able to do everything on our list. Since we had visited several times before and most likely will visit again, we decided we would just focus on what we had time to do.
We caught the Muni streetcar on Market Street, about a block away from the hotel. Our first stop was the Ferry Building.
The building was erected in 1896 and is topped by a 230-ft clock tower modeled after the campanile of the cathedral in Seville, Spain. The clock stopped at 5:17, the moment the great earthquake of 1906 hit, and stayed still for 12 months. (Information from the Fodor's Travel Guide).
Every Saturday morning an upscale farmer's market is held in the plaza. A special event, Goatchella, was being held during our visit. Flowers, organic veggies, organic meat, prepared food,etc., is available for purchase.
We spent a couple of hours looking at all booths. Our purchases included a lavender sachet and an heirloom tomato (which I carried around all day like it was a fragile egg).
We hopped back on Muni and headed to Pier 39 where the Sea Lions were putting on a show.
We continued walking down Fisherman's Wharf where we stopped at Boudin's Bakery. We enjoyed watching the talented bakers shaping teddy bears out of bread dough. While Bikinchris struck up a conversation with one of the employees about the differences in sourdough bread and Louisiana style French bread, I spent a few minutes and a few dollars in the retail part of the store. After all, the Easter merchandise was 50% off.
We wandered along the waterfront and paused in front of the marina for a while.
We continued our stroll along the waterfront, ending up at the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park. It was Junior Ranger Day with numerous special exhibits along with the historic sailing vessels which can be boarded. During a conversation with one of the Park Rangers, she told us the National Park Senior Pass will be going from $10 to $80 but couldn't tell us when this would happen.
It was about 2 PM by then and we were beginning to get hungry. Since Ghirardelli Square was about 2 blocks up the hill, we decided we would start with dessert.
We had a coupon for $1 off a specialty sundae and were going to split one until we saw the calorie count for the sundaes on the menu. We decided a cone would be a better choice.
An exhibit featuring chocolate making equipment is in the ice cream parlor, so we were able to see how they make chocolate.
We also wanted to buy some of the strawberries and chocolate squares like we had been given when we checked in at the Marriott Marquis. We were really surprised when the attendant in the retail store told us they did not make strawberries and chocolate squares. She was giving Ghirardelli's chocolate and caramel bunnies to everyone who visited the store. More on the strawberries and chocolate squares later....
Bikinchris wanted a picture of the Powell-Hyde cable car climbing up Hyde Street, so he climbed up Hyde Street a few blocks, while I stayed lower and watched for the cable car. We were texting back and forth and had about given up when one rounded the corner.
We were definitely ready for lunch now, so we returned to Boudin Bakery where we shared a sourdough bread bowl filled with soup. Neither one of us likes clam chowder and the other choices were chili or rustic tomato, so we chose the tomato.
It was approaching 4 o'clock by then, so we hopped on Muni and returned to the hotel.
Stay tuned for our activities on Easter Sunday.