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Day 10 : Friday 22nd June 2007

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San Francisco stopover

I had previously visited San Francisco for about five days so had covered most of the usual tourist attractions. So today was always going to be a refresher of some of the places I had previously been. Anyway, before I get ahead of myself, today started with breakfast in the main hotel cafe which was delicious.

My first duty for the day was to head out for some shopping. With the dollar rate so cheap I was determined to pick up some new clothes and I had a few items on the shopping list for friends back home!

I got back to the hotel around midday and after dumping my new purchases in my room, I headed straight back out. I hit Union Square first and then from there I wondered down to the ferry building on the Embarcadero. From here I took a F line tram to the Fisherman's wharf area. I noticed immediately that the whole place was much busier with tourists than when I was previously here in September. After wondering aimlessly round the Pier 39 area for a short while, I ventured further afield in the Fisherman's Wharf area. Eventually I made my way back to the hotel again via the F line tram, grabbing a sandwich from a local deli by way of a late lunch.

After relaxing in my room for a couple of hours, I headed up to the Executive lounge for canapés. Unfortunately and disappointingly, alcoholic drinks had to be paid for, so I made do with a Diet Coke instead and some nice food choices. However the lounge was very busy and I was lucky to get a table by the window. The view was stunning, with a great overview of downtown San Francisco and the Bay (the lounge is situated on the 43rd floor).

I had had plans to go out for dinner, but feeling rather full from the lounge I eventually took some late room service of a dozen buffalo wings with blue cheese dip, which is one of my all time favourites and is difficult to find available in the UK. Shortly after that, I hit the zzzzzz's in my very comfortable Hilton bed.

Fisherman's Wharf walk