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San Francisco II
One of San Franciscos landmarks: The cable cars (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
One of San Franciscos landmarks: The cable cars (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Pier 39, SF`s amusement center (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Pier 39, SF`s amusement center (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell with a Coke and “clam chowder”, a very tasty clam soup (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell with a Coke and “clam chowder”, a very tasty clam soup (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
View onto Pier 39 (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
View onto Pier 39 (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
No, it`s not a dead crab, that one was still alive! (© 2010 Isabell Gernert)
No, it`s not a dead crab, that one was still alive! (© 2010 Isabell Gernert)
Colorful kites at Pier 39 (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Colorful kites at Pier 39 (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Sea lion colony at Pier 39 (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Sea lion colony at Pier 39 (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
This funny guy appeared unexpected when I took pictures of the sea gulls (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
This funny guy appeared unexpected when I took pictures of the sea gulls (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
The sailing ship from the BECKS commercial ;) (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
The sailing ship from the BECKS commercial ;) (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Boats (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Boats (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Yes, we can! (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Yes, we can! (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Submarine and warship in the harbor of SF (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Submarine and warship in the harbor of SF (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Fire engine, they look so much cooler than the ones we have in Germany (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Fire engine, they look so much cooler than the ones we have in Germany (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Detail of the fire engine (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Detail of the fire engine (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell walking the Golden Gate Bridge (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell walking the Golden Gate Bridge (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Sea gull – a very cool bird, allowed me to take the photo from a distance of only one foot! (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Sea gull – a very cool bird, allowed me to take the photo from a distance of only one foot! (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)


San Francisco

Although it looks like, we`re not in San Francisco any more – we`ve left almost one week ago! Unfortunately, there was so less time to view and develop the tons of pictures I took there that I`m still busy…
To keep in the flow we will go on with blogging about our next destination and I´m going to upload the missing S. F. pictures as soon as possible! But don`t mind, I got one picture for you already – it`s my favorite one, a night shot of the giant and impressing Golden Gate Bridge – hope you like it as much as I do!

- Bernd -

The Golden Gate Bridge (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)

“Break the rules and you go to prison…

… break prison rules and you’ll go to Alcatraz.”  (Quote of an inmate)

A ferry from Peer 33 brought us to the island which is only 2.4 km / 1.5 miles offshore of San Francisco. Even though the distance doesn’t seem far escaping was almost impossible due to cold water and strong currents.
Inmates like Al “Scarface” Capone, Robert “The Birdman” Stroud and George “Machine Gun” Kelly were the most famous criminals Alcatraz has kept in its 29 years of duty – and now we’ve been there as well ;-)

- Isabell -

Sea gull at Peer 39 and Alcatraz in the background (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Sea gull at Peer 39 and Alcatraz in the background (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Alcatraz (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Alcatraz (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Floor with jail cells, “The Broadway” (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Floor with jail cells, “The Broadway” (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Jail cells in Block D (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Jail cells in Block D (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
View into a jail cell (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
View into a jail cell (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Bar-spreader made by an inmate attempting to escape (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Bar-spreader made by an inmate attempting to escape (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
 


A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step…

… or in our case: with a single click!

After the decision was made thoughts were going crazy: HOW are we travelling? WHERE do we want to go?  WHEN are we going? HOW LONG are we going to travell? WHAT about the costs? …

So, one thing at the time:

HOW to travel: Okay, let’s face it – anything else than plane didn’t come to our mind. But instead of booking every single flight there is a great way to get around the world: Round-the-world tickets ! ;-) There are several united airlines like Star Alliance, OneWorld Alliance and SkyTeam that provide different around-the-world programs: Whereas SkyTeam only offers booking via telephone, OneWorld does have difficulties with crossing the Pacific. Star Alliance seemed to have it all:  Great deals, easy booking, friendly support – need I say more?!

WHERE to go: The world, of course! Ahw well, some countries have been on our list for a long time: Australia, USA (continent), USA (Hawaii), Thailand and the Fiji Islands – we have to visit these countries! And then one thing led to another: hey, if we’re on the Fiji Islands we could also go to New Zealand. And before we go to the States we could make a stop in Mexico. And why not go to Bali right before Thailand?! Can we do this within 29.000 miles – YES, we can!

So this is the actual route:  Frankfurt/Germany – Mexico City/Mexico – Los Angeles/USA – San Francisco/USA – Honolulu/USA -  Nadi/Fiji – Auckland/New Zealand – Sydney/Australia – Denpasar/Bali - Bangkok/Thailand – Frankfurt/Germany

WHEN to go: Due to a little trip with friends end of August we set the date of departure on September 10, 2010.

Travel planning with Poker chips (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)

HOW LONG are we travelling: According to the novel of Jules Verne our trip will take 80 days. (There is no bet going on, we know that it’s possible!). As easy as it was to set the 80 days the harder it was to choose how many days to spend in each country: First put a minimum of days on each destination, then spread the remaining ones and finally flipping one or two. (Hint: Poker chips are perfect for that!)

WHAT about the costs: Well, nothing’s for free. There are two aspects: The ticket and the trip itself.  As I said before, the ticket price depends on the miles, the stops and the countries you travel to – 29.000 miles are cheaper than 35.000 miles, the entrance fee for one country is more expensive than for another country…. I think we’ll have an extra post for this topic!

Okay, these were the first steps we took on our journey around the world… but be sure, there’ll be A LOT more! ;-)

- Isabell -