One last look at San Francisco
Finally got all my San Francisco pics uploaded. You can view them all here. All 89 of 'em. Yeah, it's taken me a month to finish it. I'm a terrible blogger/flickr-ite. I deeply apologize.
On that Thursday, we got to do the ultimate tourist-y thing and hopped on a bright red shiny cable car:
Some of us held on tight.
And here, you can see why.
We took the cable car down to the Fisherman's Wharf and got to meet this happy gal at the wonderfully creepy and charming Musee Mecanique.
Amongst the old arcades and puppet shows, I found this wonderful device. Listed as the oldest machine there, it's a praxinoscope. The faceted nature of the mirrors gives off the same effect as a shutter for film -- very important in order to give off the optical illusion of 'persistence of vision'. The images projected from the drum onto the mirrors allowed you, the viewer to see the girl jumping rope, instead of becoming a big blur. It was so cool to watch one of these for reals.
Ava really enjoyed watching this thing go.
Further down the Wharf, we saw some sea lions lounging at the über-tourist trap, Pier 39.
On that Friday, we paid Chinatown a second visit to see what we could see.
And what did we see? Well, some cool old signs, for starters.
And a very impressive wall of Wacky Wobblers.
Stumbled upon some cool numbers, too.
Following the sweet smell of fortune cookies, we found a couple of women making them in a small shop in a back alleyway.
Which was the perfect place for running around in.
One last pouty session before we head out. We're quite used to this by now.
On our way out, the Golden Gate Bridge was cloaked in its usual attire.
So long, San Francisco! We had a fabulous time. Looking forward to visiting you again soon. One last big THANK YOU goes out to Leslie and Riley for sharing their home with us. You two are the coolest. Thank you.
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