Pier 39

San Francisco Pier 39

After filling up at Boudin, we walked over to Pier 39 in Old Fisherman’s Wharf.  Pier 39 is a waterfront outdoor shopping, dining, and entertaining area.  The weather was beautiful and it seemed like all the tourists came out to play, cause it was packed.

Old Fisherman's Wharf performers

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Boudin Sourdough Bakery and Cafe

Boudin's bakery in San Francisco

After we left Musée Mécanique, we turned the corner and saw the sign for Boudin.  I am a huge fan of sourdough bread, and the thought of eating fresh San Francisco Boudin sourdough was too exciting to pass up.  We had to have it for lunch.

Boudin's bakery San Francisco

Upstairs was their museum and Bistro Boudin, where there was a bar and a nice sit down restaurant.  It had a gorgeous view of the ocean.  Downstairs was the bakery, where they sold cookbooks, teas, official merchandise, and of course their famous sourdough bread.  The line was really long, but the people behind the counter moved fast, so the wait wasn’t too bad.

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Musée Mécanique, The Mechanical Museum

Musée Mécanique, The Mechanical Museum

Next day we woke up early and left beautiful Monterey Bay to make our way to San Francisco.  The drive seemed pretty quick and we arrived at our hotel in a little less than two hours.  On the way we passed a few artichoke farms and I was tempted to ask Jon to pull over and buy a couple of cases to bring home lol.  I love artichokes :D

After settling into our hotel, we drove over to the Fisherman’s Wharf to grab some lunch.  As we walked towards the food stands, we passed a big building and decided to check it out.  Turns out it was the Musée Mécanique, The Mechanical Museum.  There were lots of old arcade machines and cost around twenty-five cents each to run.

Musée Mécanique, The Mechanical Musuem

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The Sardine Factory

the sardine factory monterey bay

After walking around Cannery Row and visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium, we headed over to The Sardine Factory to get some dinner.  We arrived just in time for their prix fixe menu special, so we headed on in.

the sardine factory

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Monterey Bay Aquarium Part 2

monterey bay aquarium

More pictures of sardines!  I really had no idea that the sardine industry was so big here until we came to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  Apparently after World War II, the sardine population in Monterey Bay collapsed from overfishing.  They then had to convert the old canning factories and fisherman’s wharf to a tourist area like it is today.

monterey bay aquarium

After the Jellies Experience we headed downstairs and waited for the Kelp Forest feeding demonstration.  A volunteer diver fed the fish and explained the ecosystem found in and around kelp forests.  She even answered questions from the audience.  She sounded like Darth Vadar… it was fun.

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