We bought Muni day passes which turned out to be a brilliant investment & we hopped on and off public transport all day; cable cars, trams & buses. We walked down Lombard street, reputedly the steepest street in the world. Cars come down it but they have to zig zag at a crawl of about 5kph. We then walked down the hill ending up at the sea front north of Fishermans Wharf.
Ghiardelli's famous local chocolate factory was next on the agenda. The initial plan was a hot chocolate but when faced with a massive menu of chocolate treats we indulged in sundaes. Mine was a 'Nob Hill Chill', an insanely sweet and very filling chocolate sundae that became lunch. I am a total chocoholic but that sundae beat me into submission. I was given freebie chocolate as we left and I cant bear to look at it. I don't think I could face anything sweet for a week!
After that we bussed out to the Golden Gate Bridge. Unfortunately the sun disappeared & it was very windy as we walked across it . It was such a shame the light was rubbish, but we photographed it anyway. It must have taken us 90-120 minutes to cross the bridge but when we came back it was very cold and I'd totally had enough so I stepped up the pace and made it back in 35 minutes.
I have really enjoyed San Francisco, the houses around Nob Hill are beautiful, character terraced buildings that cling to the hills. The people we have met have been extremely friendly and helpful. One of the cable car drivers was hilarious, with more customers than space he was wrangling people onto his car like he was managing chess pieces; bossing everyone about, telling them where to sit & to hold on this way, not that way. It's hard to convey just what a character he was. We got a ride & a show all in one.
Tomorrow we fly to Frankfurt for an overnight transit stop before heading for Reykjavik. Another long flight :-(