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Ferry Landing Coronado, San Diego

“It was a sunny and warm Sunday morning so we took the short ferry crossing from Broadway Landing to the island of Coronado in order to partake in brunch at the Il Fornaio Restaurant. Which was excellent. So much so that we booked dinner there later in the week. After our brunch we looked around the waterfront shopping centre with its shops and art galleries at Ferry Landing and then had a stroll along the sandy beach watching wading birds along the seashore.”

(in late February 2010)

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Staying in Fort Lauderdale offered me the opportunity to take a coach trip to Miami and in particular, South Beach (SoBe), with its sugar-white sand and beautifully preserved Art Deco buildings along Ocean Drive. Before we got there though we took a trip out into Biscayne Bay from where we could see the wonderful skyline of Downtown Miami itself and the fabulous millionaire properties”

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Palms along the Santa Barbara seashore

We were a little nervous staying in a motel in Santa Barbara, but it was the cheapest option and far enough away from the station which is no place to walk by at night. Apparently. Finding ourselves on a ground floor didn’t ease the mind, but it also didn’t entice us to stay indoors. We made our way to the harbour and had a pleasant walk along the shore in the twilight and finally went for dinner in a lovely steak house at the marina where we had our best meal in California so far. Along with a couple of delightful Mai Tai cocktails. Americans do make fantastic cocktails.” 

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San Francisco – Fisherman’s Wharf “On the Pier” with views of Telegraph hill and the Coit tower, the Transamerica pyramid building and what could be 555 California Street both in the financial district and the blocks of buildings like sugar cubes strewn upon the hills…

“I loved staying down on Fisherman’s Wharf whenever I have visited San Francisco. We always stayed at the Argonaut which is a bit ‘kitsch’ but they have wine in the afternoon if you can get back for it and very decent wine too! It is also close to the Powell- Hyde line cable car, just around the corner and up the hill, and the historic street-cars that come this way. I love them all. I also loved wandering around the historic piers: people watching; seeing ferries come and go; looking out for the sea-lions and the birds; feeling the sun on my back as I sat and looked up at the city, with a salty tang in the air and the waft of sourdough and crab: deciding where to go next… “