Route 66-ish Day 30
The last proper day of holiday, as the next day would be spent mostly in airports and planes.
We started out by hopping on the third bus tour which took us up to Haight Ashbury and Golden Gate Park, passing apartment buidongs once lived in by Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and a host of others. We saw the remnant of the hippies ("absolutely great people once you get past the fact that they smell like a barn") and learned a lot about Golden Gate Park and the way its designer hated statues and hid them behind foliage where possible. We saw San Francisco's Cathedral Church of St Mary, aka "Our Lady Of The Maytag" because of its resemblance to a washing machine actuator. We then headed down into the Castro district, home to San Francisco's famous, and thriving, gay community. Here we got off the bus and had a look at the GLBT Museum, where there is a lot of information about Harvey Milk as well as other famous local lesbian, transvestite, transgender and gay characters. Just down the road was the original mission church of St Francis. After lunch we took a boat trip, under the Golden Gate Bridge, round Alcatraz (all the trips which actually land were booked up for about a month - our planning let us down there) and back to the sealions once again. in the evening we paid another visit to Chez Maman before exatcting the car from the car park ready for an early start, and packing.