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June 2012

Western U.S. – San Francisco 8

漫天海鸥的San Francisco,陈兔说:我为大螃蟹而来———————————————————————————————————–

比起又大又荒凉的L.A. , San Francisco是色彩缤纷的小城市。

在微雨中到达Union Square,沿着Ellis Street找订的hotel,迅速就被这里欢乐的氛围感染了。旅行真辛苦,走了这么久,终于找到一个可以在下午的时候下楼,坐在藤椅上拿着咖啡看一本书的城市。

旅程总是充满变数,结果我们没有在藤椅上看书,而是跑去Burger King解决午饭,甚至没有去著名的In-N-Out或著名的Macdonald。Burger对于李小狐当然是正常地难吃,不过这不重要,我们兴致勃勃去搭cable car —- S.F.的地形像我的老家一样陡,小型的cable car从山顶上驶来。真是古老得可以,到站后,司机和乘务员就下车来人工倒车 —– 车就在一个大型火锅转盘上,然后他们把车转过去>_<

游客们总是要搭这车的,虽然她摇摇晃晃,一路颠簸地开向Fisherman’s Wharf,头上的‘Ding-Ding’ 声好响,难快这里的cable car也叫做叮叮车。在最高处可以看见Fisherman’s Wharf的站下车,慢慢走到 Hyde St. Pier。

时间还是三点半而已,我们沿着pier的序号往前走,路的一侧是些漂亮的小商店,开在赭红色的古老楼房里。十字路口的灯柱上悬挂着花球,更像个欧洲小城。

一侧就是大西洋了,停泊一些巨大的船只,还有满天海鸥的叫声,在阴冷的天气里。

进去一间叫做Musée Mécanique的玩具博物馆,巨大的屋子,里面的玩具大概是一百多年前的,非常古旧。有十分可怖的fortune teller,狂笑的红发女人,还有很多复杂的music boxs,投进去50分,里面穿着礼服的人偶们就开始转动……不知为何突然想起以前在Czech小镇看到博物馆里的玩具,一百多年前的毛毛熊,毛都掉得差不多了。

这里一个重要的destination,就是要去pier 39 看海狮。这还是我第一次看到这么多的海狮挤在一起,虽然他们肥肥的,也臭臭的,但还是很可爱啊,还会一边争地方睡觉,一边引颈高歌。所以这是整个Fisherman’s Wharf最著名的地方了,游客们都挤在岸上看他们。

海狮们:看到这么多人类挤在一起,他们肥肥的,也臭臭的,但还是很可爱啊>_<

Pier 39开船可到监狱岛Alcatraz,寒风瑟瑟中,看起来真是不怎么样。

于是我们就在pier 39流连了很久,这里的木头房子开了许多商店,卖各色各样的明信片和纪念品。有一家卖的是囚犯服,哈哈,囚犯服。

还有色彩鲜艳的旋转木马。供游人休息的地方,木桶里开满鲜花。

 

比旅途中任一站都要像旅游区。

之后就是刻舟求剑找Alioto’s吃大螃蟹—-其实吃螃蟹的地方很多,还有路边摊。不过我们看的旅游书上提到了Alioto’s—-大概这本书是他们是sponsor之一。

 

 

于是陈兔满足地吃着大螃蟹。餐厅另有搞笑之处,系在脖子上的餐巾,样子像小孩围嘴不说,还画一只大螃蟹在上面—-真是充分满足陈兔这种人的恶趣味。

其实味道还不错,美中不足之处—-李小狐不能说话很久了,感冒愈加严重T_T在餐厅要了三杯热水,连陈兔都觉得这个request无比怪异。

陈兔:waiter大概以为我在同一个哑女吃饭

李小狐:……

陈兔:是让他觉得你是哑女比较好,还是觉得你不懂英文所以假装哑女比较好?

李小狐:…….

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Western U.S. – The Moon in Las Vegas 7

Nevada is truly a barren land! So when a glorious golden city suddenly appeared on the horizon, we were absolutely moved.

Rarely people travel one-way from Grand Canyon to Las Vegas. Not many options except a tour bus of local operator. When rushing to the bus as the last two passengers, we realized it was the bus of one-day tour from LV because most of passengers looked so tired >_< It was such a long-haul trip, 5/6 hours one-way.

The bus stopped twice and passengers got off  to buy coffee and use washroom. It also slowed down when passing the Hoover Dam. I still remember the hot coffee at the lonely rest stop, it warmed me up with aroma smell.

Even through Li Xiaohu is not really into Casino or shopping, I’d like to call Las Vegas ‘Man-Made Marvel’. When the bus climbed over a slope, a shining city appeared in the middle of a desert and its golden lights spread widely.

Only one night here. After settling down in the hotel, we went to see the replicas of the pyramids, the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower…on the LV Strip. Many visitors rejoiced on the road, with colorful drinks. The whole city was like a huge party.

One of the most impressive place was the Bellagio fountains. But it was a little bit too short.

We had Burrito dinner in a Mexican restaurant. It was nice to have some rich, tasty food after a long trip.

 

 

 

The Statue of Liberty under the Moon. The lights of LV really changed the scenery.

 

 

Another Statue of Liberty was made out of candy:)

 

 

 

 

The Las Vegas in daytime was quiet and clean (??) . The picture was taken through our hotel window so its color looks weird. Btw, the MGM Grand hotel is big and old. The mountain could be seen clearly.

It was time to catch our Southwest Airline flight (I like Southwest Airline). We took taxi to the airport. Actually we should try to walk there next time, since it looked so close to the LV Strip….(surely we will be exhausted and regret).

 

It was hilarious at the airport. When Chen Tu played slot machines (>_<b ‘When in Rome’), I went to Starbucks. As usual the barista asked my name. But, when I got my mocha, I noticed she misspelled it…

Ahhhhhhhhhhh, she wrote ‘Kyoto’ on the coffee cup…Is my name that funny???

Chen Tu: ……

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