I wondered if there were would be enough for us to do over a week but it really wasn't long enough and despite a packed schedule, I'm sure there is so much we didn't manage to do and I'd definitely go back - tomorrow if I didn't have to work!
As it was our first visit, we did a lot of tourist sites, which has resulted in the obligatory cliched photographs:
Cable Car turning around
My new favourite mode of transport. Yes, its expensive, slow and chilly, but I loved it.
Really who thought it would be a good idea to build a city where there were so many hills? My feet still haven't recovered.
I feared it would be tacky but it wasn't. It was fascinating. As its now a national park, they were keen to stress that there was more to the island than the infamous prison, but that is still what most people wanted to know about.
City Lights Book Store
The shop associated with The Beats. We stopped by and bought a few books, despite the OH's mutterings that Jack Kerouac was the most over-rated writer ever.
Haight Ashbury Sign
It had to be done, even though the old Sixties hangout is dominated by shops selling tat.
An exhausting walk uphill and up stairs to reach the tower, which apparently gave the best views in the city. But with so many high points, the view weren't really that much better than from anywhere else and after the Alcatraz boat, I felt like the tower was swaying. so we didn't stay up there for long.
The Bay Bridge at Night
The less famous of the city's bridges, it apparently won't withstand another earthquake.
I don't normally like the countryside but even I loved it here. Unfortunately we couldn't really bring back any wine but I did sample plenty and lots of gorgeous food too.
The Golden Gate Bridge
Regular readers may recall that I don't like bridges. I made it a little way across this one before I thought I was going to vomit. The fact that there had been a ten car smash up the day before didn't help. It really would be a good idea for them to put something in between the two directions of traffic.
And some perhaps more unusual pictures:
A Man with a Basketball for a Head
We went to watch the Golden State Warriors play Houston. This was my third basketball game and I really enjoyed it this time.
Not native to California - we went to the zoo! The OH said that the giraffes reminded him of me. I'm taking that as a compliment.
A plant in the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. It looked just like my favourite vegetable.
The Jefferson Airplane section of a secondhand record shop
The only bad thing that I saw (apart from those gradients!) was that the city seems to have a terrible problem with homeless people. Living in London, I thought was used to seeing people begging, but I've not seen anything on this scale before. It was really very sad and I wondered why all of these people had come to be in that situation and if it was similar across over US cities.