Friday, February 10, 2023

San Francisco

Our cruise was actually two cruises that both left from San Francisco, one to Mexico and the other to Hawaii. So it was that three days after Cabo San Lucas we sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge once more at 5:30 in the morning.

There was also a beautiful view of Ghirardelli Square as we sailed past.

Ghirardelli Square has an extremely rich San Francisco heritage. This was where the world famous Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, now owned by Lindt, was located. Ghirardelli Square itself was the site of the sole manufacturing plant for Ghiradelli starting in 1893.

When the company was sold by Ghirardelli's descendents in the 1960's the manufacturing was moved across the bay to San Leandro. The square was purchased by a rich San Francisco family in 1962 to save it from being converted into apartments. In 1965 it became the first major adaptive re-use project in the United States, reopening as Ghirardelli Square. In 1982 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places to help ensure it remains Ghirardelli Square and is not converted into condominiums for the uber rich. The main attraction in the square remains a large chocolate shop and restaurant.

Shortly after the view of Ghirardelli Square we pulled into port with a view of another San Francisco icon, Coit Tower. We arrived just before 6 am while the sky was still dark.

Here's another view of Coit Tower, again with the moon, just two hours later.

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