Friday, September 11, 2009

September 9th: Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito, Little Italy

An early start this morning to catch several buses out to the Golden Gate Bridge Car park to begin our walk over the bridge and down tot he pretty little town of Sausalito. The bridge is a very easy walk and a great spot for spectacular views of SF and the bay. Unfortunately there are tiems when SF's famous fog makes a walk across the bridge not only cold and windy but pointless as well. Luckily the fog had cleared by the time we had arrived and our walk was warm and pleasant. A couple of F18s were doing circuits above San Francisco as we walked (something that seems to happen on a regular basis, I remember them from my last trip) a really spectacular sight. It took us about 2 hours to walk the 8kms and we rewarded ourselves with brunch at the Lighthouse Coffee Shop.

After a ferry back to Fisherman's Wharf we headed back to the hotel to change for dinner down in the North Beach district - know as Little Italy for the proliferation of Italian Restaurants started by its earliest inhabitants. Hayley and Ryan had recommended we try Sidoni's - a North Beach institution, Sidoni's slogan is " No Desserts. No Rservations" The meal was excellent - stuffed gnocchi in meat sauce for me and cheese tortellini in mushroom sauce for David. A nice Zinfandel (it's growing on me) completed a great meal (and I'm glad they don't offer dessert!!).

Another great day, tomorrow we're off to the Ferry Terminal's Thursday Farmer's Market, looking forward to seeing a range of late summer produce.

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