Thursday, March 14, 2013

fish/tourist trap

 My friend Courtney wanted to see the tulip festival at Pier 39, Fisherman's Warf. This is known by locals to be the ultimate tourist playground with a Hard Rock Cafe, signs for sourdough loaves, and keychains and other souvenirs by the dozen. Courtney and I still wanted to catch this seasonal festival and see all the tulips in their glory. We were greeted by throngs of tourists and a fair number of sea lions that I hear from home more often than not. There's an old carousel that still has it's charm and a few magical places worth exploring. Sally's Famous Fishwich has made (fried) to order fish on a giant bed of coleslaw or on a bun for $8.
 After eating fish by the bay with street musicians playing their hearts out in the afternoon sun for tourists and us locals we ventured over to the Musee Mecanique, one of the world's largest privately owned collections of mechanically operated musical instruments and antique arcade machines. The museum offers an opium den (below), fortune tellers, horse racing games, and a few love meters with lot of hand crafted sculptures and hand-lettered signs to admire.

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