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San Francisco Chinatown

san francisco chinatown

After shopping at the Ferry Building, we hopped onto a cable car and rode to the famous San Francisco Chinatown.  This chinatown is the largest outside of Asia, oldest in North America, and covers 24 square blocks.  Even though we live in a predominantly Asian part of Southern California, being in San Francisco’s Chinatown felt very different.  Here there were lots of people, narrow streets, tiny shops filled with fun stuff, colorful buildings, and the smell of Chinese style dishes and desserts wafting in the air.  It almost felt like we were in a different country.

san francisco chinatown

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Farmers Market at the Ferry Building

farmers market at the ferry building

We arrived at the Ferry Building quickly and were immediately greeted with various stands; selling everything from handmade jewelry, home decor, and apparel.  The farmers market at the Ferry Building is held every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.  Saturdays are the busiest and we were glad we were able to catch it.

farmers market at the ferry building

We bought a couple of t-shirts from this stand.  These were our official San Francisco souvenirs :)

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San Francisco Union Square

San Francisco Union Square

We woke up nice and early the next morning and headed out towards San Francisco Union Square.  We parked at one of the many parking lots available.  The skies were grey, misty, and I loved it.  Very different from the typical Southern California weather we’re used to.

San Francisco Union Square

Lots of tourists… so we weren’t the only ones… hahahah

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San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf

San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf

By the time we walked back, San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf was PACKED!  There were so many people trying to catch dinner like us.  It seemed like everyone had seafood in their hands and a smile on their face.

San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf

We walked around all the food stalls, found one that looked good, and jumped in line.

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San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

San Francisco ghirardelli square

From Pier 39, we headed over to Ghirardelli Square, but we didn’t end up staying very long.  We did find a visitor information booth and they suggested we check out the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.  It was only a few blocks away, so we walked over.

San Francisco Maritime Park

The maritime museum features many historic ships.  We could see them before we even got there.

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