Nothing is more touristy than Fishermans Wharf in San Francisco. Yes, it’s mad, it totally misses that wonderful feel of all the different neighborhoods of the city. But is is fun, especially with kids.
First stop: Musee Mechanique, with it’s wonderful collection of old-time, coin operated machines. I didn’t play pinball, but this machine was a treat to draw.
This fortune teller was just too colorful and strangely eerie to pass up. I dropped in a couple of quarters for a fortune. Apparently I don’t have to worry about bills anymore.
Next up: The S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien,a fully functional WWII ship. If you think it looks majestic on the outside, you just HAVE to go inside and see the working engine room. I need to find out if they will let me stand in there for a little while with my sketchbook and paints and make a sketch. That’s Alcatraz in the distance. And a Blue and Gold Fleet boat passing by.
Same spot, different view: turning the other way. The Pier. And Coit Tower in the distance. There’s something about the sky in San Francisco I like painting: it usually looks heavy, grey and messy.