San Francisco, New York

Had a few more days in San Francisco. Spent one morning out on Alcatraz island looking round the cell house. Very interesting. Unfortunately, they dont lock you in the cells anymore as the doors were getting stuck and people couldnt get out. That afternoon, I did a bay cruise out to the Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island, Alcatraz and the Oakland Bay Bridge.

The next day I headed to Coit Tower, the views from the top stretch out over the whole city. Also, went on one of the famous trams, up the hills. Did some shopping and managed to get myself some Levis for just $32 – bargain. Also found a street called Filbert Street and took a picture – just for you, Vick.

Then I flew over to New York. The traffic here is so much worse than London. It took me over 2 hours to get from the airport to my hostel at 9.00 at night.

First day, I headed into Times Square and had a look around. I saw the Chrysler Building and then went up the Empire State Building. The queues are also worse than London. Took about an hour and a half to get to the top, where I only spent about 15mins before going back down – again queueing for 20mins. Bought myself a reduced price ticket for Broadway, so spent that night watching Chicago. The theatre version is so much better than the film.

Next day, I went down to Battery Park, past Ground Zero, and caught the Staten Island Ferry. Theres not a lot to do on Staten Island, but the ferry is free and it takes you past Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Plus, you get good views of the Manhatten skyline. Didnt spend long over there before catching the ferry back. Went out in the evening with some of the guys from the hostel and its definately true that the city doesnt sleep.

Today, I went down to Greenwich Village and watched some of the street performers in Washington Square. Then I went to Central Park. The weather had warmed up a lot compared to yesterday and the place was heaving. Walked the entire length and saw loads of baseball games. Still dont get it though!

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