On our second day in SF, we booked a really great tour of the city and Muir Forest (the Redwoods). We spent half the day touring around in Elie's Green Dream tour bus, which uses bio-fuel. It was super entertaining and he had lots of awesome local info, like SF is one of the greenest cities in terms of fuel used (many buses use electricity, bio-fuel) and stores a certain size and larger have to use paper bags, no plastic. The redwoods were a breathtaking stop, the forest is a peaceful, quiet refuge from the city. Unfortunately we only got to spend 40 minutes there, we would have stayed longer.
Unfortunately it was really foggy that day (as it was most days) so the Golden Gate was half-obscured. Still amazing though!!
We couldn't believe how tall some of the trees were :D
One of the city's famous streetcars. We didnt get to ride one (though we rode a cable-car, somewhat less theatric)
It doesn't look like it but the hill we had to climb during the tour was insanely steep. It had 3 levels, and we were almost out of breath after the 1st one!!
At the top of the hill was the "world's crookedest street" which is in fact the 2nd, not the 1st. Still really crazy though!!
We loved these trees, they looked like they were made with cookie-cutters!!
We stopped in Haight-Ashbury on the tour for a bit, they have all these awesome Victorian-Edwardian houses, and really silly shops. We spent half a day there later in the week.
The very famous "postcard row", a block of Victorian houses that feature in a lot of movies and sitcoms if I'm not mistaken, and as the name implies, on many postcards and souvenirs. One of them was for sale at around 5 million $. o__o
Then we visited the Castro area, their "gay village". Its a really nice neighborhood, less threatening than the main downtown area we were staying in. Again a lot of funny shops, with some obvious "themes" going on.
Innah found some rather risqué ads on the telephone posts. These were pretty typical of the area, as were sex shops. There were 3 in a row at one point, kinda reminded me of Ste. Catherine's!
To top everything off, Elie raffled off some tickets to a local show and gave us discount cards to some of his friend's businesses. Innah guessed right on one of his trivia questions and we won them! At first we weren't sure about it since the show was a "Didgeridoo concert", but it turned out to be one of the most fantastic shows either of us had been to. It was experimental, intimate (small-ish venue, it was a jazz club called Yoshi's) and I had some delicious berry tea, steeped in a pot that lasted the entire performance. Truly an amazing 2nd day!!
This guy, Ondrej Smeykal, was doing all kinds of space-surreal sounds, at certain points almost sounded like electronica!! I enjoyed his music the most.