The Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville

October 29, 2017 by David Herd

Ideal spot to chill out

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville

Sokha Beach Resort SihanoukvilleSokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville has a great pool & a beautiful private sandy beach. Exceptional food & very good rooms, what more could you possibly want? 🙂

Pool bar

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville Cocktails or a cold beers at the pool bar.

There are two room sections, we stayed at the cheaper option, the Sokha Express. You still have full use of all the facilities, for a great room rate just book through THIS LINK.

If you prefer the Sokha Beach Resort use THIS LINK for a discount.

It doesn’t get much better than this. 🙂

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville Rarely were there many pople in the pool which made it absolutely ideal.

But wait, there’s more……

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville The beautiful beach has pure white sand and warm tropical water.

The beach goes on forever, where are the people???

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville Generally Asian people like to stay out of the sun so us foreigners have the place to ourselves. 🙂

 The main building

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville Breakfast is served here & it’s as good as it gets a you can imagine.

The property is huge

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville The deck is around 500 meters from the main building & pool. It’s worth the walk however, you have the choice of two excellent restaurants, Lemongrass & the Lotus.

Why do they call it “The Deck”?

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville Well it’s pretty bloody obvious if you ask me. 🙂

Lemongrass Restaurant

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville Food was very good & the place almost deserted.

Soup to die for.

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville

I really do love my soup.

Serendipity Beach

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville This is where most people dine at night, it’s the net beach & all the action is here. Only a 10 minute Tuk Tuk ride.

Tuk Tuk

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville The ten minute ride to Serendipity is only $2 or $3 USD.

Lovely ladies

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville They were working at a wedding that was in the hotel grounds.

This is supposed to be happy hour. 🙂

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville Nobody looks happy. 🙂

Drinks are 2 for one at happy hour between 5 & 7 pm.

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville      Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville

Pizzas & burgers are reasonably priced as well.

The Beach Bar

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville Sadly is closes around 7.30 pm.

I guess they want you at their casino.

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville Part of the hotel & when we went there there were more staff than customers.

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Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia

October 29, 2017 by David Herd

Family trawling on the Mekong

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia is the world’s 12th-longest river and the 7th-longest in Asia. Its estimated length is 4,350 km (2,703 mi).It starts from the Tibetan Plateau & runs through China’s Yunnan Province, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

 Riverside restaurant

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia

A perfect place to relax & watch life on the Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia. A huge storm hit while we were there & the noise on the ancient tin roof was deafenning. 🙂

Seeing Phnom Penh by Tuk Tuk

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia An inexpensive way to get around the city, short rides are only $2 or $3 USD.

Many temples similar to Thailand

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia We didn’t inspect any of the Cambodian temples, we had our quota in Chiang Mai the previous week. 🙂

From the old to the new

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia

There is a building explosion happening in Phnom Penh mainly due to enormous funds flowing in from China.

Modern buildings are multiplying

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia In a few short years you won’t recognise Phnom Penh.

Very little activity

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia The first thing we noticed around these modern buildings was very few people around. I’m guessing it’s out of the locals price range.

The “old” Cambodia is far more appealing

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia Which do you prefer? In my book the “old” wins hands down. 🙂

Plantation Urban Resort and Spa

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia An excellent hotel in a good location, for a very good room rate just book through THIS LINK.

Be warned however

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia Not very good for single guys who are hoping to bring a lady back to their room.

 Bistrot Langka

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia TripAdvisor rank it #2 of 962 Restaurants in Phnom Penh.

Delicious soup

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia Food & service was excellent.

Beside the Bistrot Lanka entrance

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia It looks like an ordinary Coke machine.

In fact it’s a door to their Speakeasy. 🙂

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia What a great surprise, full marks to the French owners for their unique idea.

Metro Hassakan restaurant

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia Located in the main street opposite the river, nice atmosphere & good food.

Farewell to the Mekong River

Mekong River Phnom Penh CambodiaMekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia & Sihanoukville are certainly changing rapidly, not necessarily for the good I’m afraid. However there are still many wonderful experiences to enjoy in this fascinating country.

Sadly this lovely coastal village is never going to be the same, just read THIS STORY.

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Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville

October 26, 2017 by David Herd

Pub St Sihanoukville

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville is home to Pub St & lots of restaurants & bars along the beach where you can eat & drink at bargain basement prices.

Not much action through the day

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville At night however this stretch of beach comes to life.

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia Lots of tourists working on their suntan through the day.

DAO of LIFE Restaurant bar

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville Located adjacent to the ferry terminal they serve good food & cold beer, Ranked #4 of 353 Restaurants in Sihanoukville.

My Kebab was excellent

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville This is mainly a vegetarian restaurant which would normally be off limits for me. 🙂

Lovely spot beside ferry terminal

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville From memory a local beer was only about 70 US cents.

We took the fast boat to Koh Rong for $22 USD return, certainly a worthwhile trip.

DAO from the beach

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville Put it on your Sihanoukville bucket list. 🙂

The beach lights up at night

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville A great atmosphere for drinking & dining

Food cooked to perfection

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville These charcoal fires generate enormous heat.

The fish was absolutely delicious.

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville Price around $8 USD.

Pasta & Ribs 

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville      Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville

These were our entrees.

There are two room sections at our hotel at the next beach, it was a terrific place to stay, we booked at the cheaper option, the Sokha Express. You still have full use of all the facilities, for a great room rate just book through THIS LINK.

If you prefer the Sokha Beach Resort use THIS LINK for a discount.

One of the many beach restaurants

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville In some ways this stretch of restaurants reminds me of Jimbaram bay in Bali, however I do prefer Sihanoukville. 🙂

Porky’s bar restaurant

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville The name didn’t really attract me. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Bamboo Bar at Pub Street

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville This is the 2nd vegetarian restaurant I found myself at in the last 2 days.

An excellent sandwich, I love avocado.

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville TripAdvisor rank it #18 of 275 Restaurants in Sihanoukville.

Aristocrat Hotel

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville Only 100 meters from the ferry terminal & the beach, use THIS LINK to book & get a discounted room rate.

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Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia

October 26, 2017 by David Herd

40 minutes by fast boat.

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia is only 40 minutes by fast boat. It seems  a little like Koh Samui 25 years ago, lots of backpackers & hippies.

Leaving Plantation Beach

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia The fare each way to Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia is $13 USD.

500 Horsepower

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia A very fast smooth ride.

Pommie backpackers

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia There were 4 or 5 English backpackers shrieking to each other over the engine noise, as you can see Steve is not too impressed. 🙂

 Our frst glimpse of the island.

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia It was like travelling back in time. 🙂

Vagabonds

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia Vagabonds cafe I’m sure has seen it’s share of vagabonds, however this is the first visit by the famous FiveStarVagabond. 🙂 🙂 🙂

The Rising Sun

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia We settled here for a couple of cold beers and a Phad Thai, the place is run by 3 friendly Italians from Milano.

And here they are…..

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia Living the dream on Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia.

Hard at work

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia Well somebody has to do the heavy lifting. 🙂

Crystal clear water here.

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia As you would expect for a tropical island.

The essence of Koh Rong

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia This shot captures the essence of Koh Rong for me,  a lazy tropical island full of backpackers & hippies.

Talking about backpackers…..

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia Here is a perfect example, sadly I arrived 30 years too late. 🙂

Guess I’ll go fishing instead. 🙂

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia Crystal clear water & lots of fish big & small.

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia A nice way to explore the island would be to hire a log tail boat.

Life is very very casual here.

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia You can rent a room overlooking the beach for around $10 USD per night.

Use THIS LINK to book & get an excellent discount.

Back to Sihanoukville

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia We had a bigger boat which took 5 minutes longer.

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Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles

February 8, 2017 by David Herd

A personal photo collection, not a travel blog.

Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles were regular stop off points for me between 1998 & 2005 on my way to Rio di Janeiro. My inspiration to pull out these old (poor quality early digital) photos came from watching Billy Bob Thornton in the series Goliath, which of course was shot in Santa Monica.

My great friend Denise McKay

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles

Denise was the main reason to stop in L.A., we met when she was living on the Gold Coast & continued our friendship for a number of years after she moved back to the U.S.A.

Venice Beach

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles

Sadly this mural is not there anymore however the photo remains a favourite of mine.

Denise dressed to blend in with the wall. 🙂

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles

She is one of those ladies who always looks terrific,

Lunch at Fisherman’s wharf Marina Del Ray

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles

We had the restaurant to ourselves. 🙂

At least it will wash of in a week or so.

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles

The only tattoos I like are the ones that wash off. 🙂

 Rodeo Drive

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles

I can’t remember where I parked my car.

Oh! here is is. 🙂

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles

Yellow matches my Mercedes Sports at home. 🙂

Wiltshire Boulevard

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles

Classy neighbourhood & classy lady. 🙂

 Back to Santa Monica

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles

Outside the New York Deli which was one of my favourite places to eat, sadly I believe it closed in 2010.

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles featuring the Central Garden at the Getty Center

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles

There were more than 500 varieties of plants used in the landscaping of the Central Garden.

Patrezia from Salerno

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles

We hooked up with this crazy Italian lady from Salerno, she was a lot ot fun. 🙂

Denise & Petrezia

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles

We had a bit to talk about as it was only a year ago when I was in Salerno.

Farewell from Santa Monica in February 1999.

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles

Had a great time with Denise in Santa Monica now it was time to head to Rio di Janeiro for Carnival. Thanks for visiting my Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles photo blog.

             

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Times Square New York City

November 18, 2015 by David Herd

The Big Apple

Times Square New York City

Times Square New York City

 Times Square New York City is one of the world’s most iconic locations. When I last visited in February 2008 I stayed at the Hotel Edison only 100 meters from Broadway.

For an excellent room rate just book through THIS LINK.

The fabulous Broadway shows

Times Square New York City

In seven days I saw five Broadway shows. My favourite was A Bronx Tale by Charles Palminteri, closely followed by August Osage County.

A Bronx Tale

Times Square New York City

A small theatre with one man on stage talking about his life, it was fantastic.


Times Square New York City

Times Square New York City

At night Times Square comes alive.

The song said it all

Times Square New York City

They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway…….

M & M

Times Square New York City

Great colours and lots to see around Times Square.

Gallagher’s Steakhouse at 228 W 52nd St

Times Square New York City

Not quite Times Square but only a short walk away. Gallagher’s lived up to it’s reputation as being on of New York’s best steakhouses, in fact my Surf & Turf could have fed two people easily. I believe the restaurant was refurbished in 2014.

 Times Square New York City

Times Square New York City

There are enough bars, restaurants and shows within a couple of blocks of Times Square to keep you occupied for weeks.

You gotta love New York

Times Square New York City

What a city, I often say to friends, if the cities of the world could be likened to a horse race, New York would win by 10 lengths over the next bunch of cities which would include Paris, London, Sydney, Bangkok, Tokyo, Rome, Rio De Janeiro & Cape Town, not necessarily in that order.

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Times Square New York City

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Extreme poverty Phnom Penh

November 11, 2015 by David Herd

 On display at the Foreign Correspondents Club.

Extreme poverty Phnom Penh

Extreme poverty Phnom Penh

Extreme poverty Phnom Penh & in fact throughout Cambodia, is everywhere you look. There is a huge gap between rich & poor. Apart from this I found the people to be some of the nicest I have met anywhere in Asia.

My recent journey in May 2010 from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville was delayed because I was enjoying myself so much in the city I found it hard to leave.

The Foreign Correspondents Club

Extreme poverty Phnom Penh

I was so surprised by the number of quality restaurants and bars, excellent food, good service and nice decor. On the other side of the coin is the poverty, Cambodia is certainly a third world country struggling to drag itself into the 21st century. Like most poor countries the gap between rich and poor is immense.

The foreign correspondents club.

foreign correspondents club

Relaxing most days in the Foreign Correspondents Club overlooking the Mekong River is like being transported 60 years back in time. Sipping a gin & tonic in the big comfortable leather chairs makes you feel like you are in an Oliver Stone movie covering the Vietnam war.

Shutters on the windows

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Letting in the breeze.

Enjoying the shade

Extreme poverty Phnom Penh

Here is a lovely family playing cards under a tree on a public footpath seemingly without a care in the world.

Happy face selling sunglasses

Extreme poverty Phnom Penh

A lasting memory for me is how nice the people are, sure many of them will try to sell you something, however they do it with a smile on their face and without the persistence and aggression of their counterparts in Vietnam and Indonesia.

Taxi

Extreme poverty Phnom Penh

A huge bonus in Phnom Penh which is out of character with every other Asian city I have ever visited, is how slow the Motorcycle taxis travel, there is no stress or haste, you sit back, relax and enjoy the ride, plus as you can see the seats are very comfortable.

Monkeys

Extreme poverty Phnom Penh

This photo was opposite our hotel, notice the wire grill on one of the upstairs homes. A simple explanation, it is there to stop the dozens of noisy monkeys from entering the home. Every day they scamper along the rooftops and balconies making one hell of a racket, quite funny really.

Malis Restaurant at 136 Norodom Boulevard, Phnom Penh

Extreme poverty Phnom Penh

The Mali restaurant was an excellent example of the high quality restaurants in Phnom Penh, great food and fabulous decor. There is another bonus you can buy bags of Cambodian pepper to take home with you, many people, myself included, believe Cambodian pepper is the best in the world.

Malis Restaurant

Extreme poverty Phnom Penh

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Le Grand Palais Phnom Penh

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Long tail boat

Extreme poverty Phnom Penh The mighty Mekong river.

A terrible cruel sight, dying in the heat.

Extreme poverty Phnom Penh Heartbreaking to see these poor birds suffer in 35 degree heat.

Hot truck probably owned by a government official.

Extreme poverty Phnom Penh Many expats in Cambodia tell me a lot of government officials spend foreign aid money on expensive cars etc for their own benefit, while continuing poverty Phnom Penh prevails.

Pickled Parrot

Pickled Parrot Phnom PenhA bunch of Aussies, next to me is Roger Gaffney who now lives in Saigon, then old mate Tony Murphy with his camera locked and loaded. Can’t remember the other 2 guys.

A great way to relax in the heat of the day.

Extreme poverty Phnom Penh

Life generally is fairly lay-back in Cambodia.                         

Home on the mighty Mekong river

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                  I have been lucky enough to visit some of the worlds great rivers as well as the Mekong, the Nile, the Amazon, the Mississippi and the Yangtze. And of course in Australia the Murry and the Darling.      

Pretty face at the market

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Riverside restaurant

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Seven sexy American restaurants

August 1, 2014 by David Herd

Seven sexy American restaurants is the first time I have done a post using material & photos that are not mine. Why not take a different path if it is an interesting journey. 🙂

You gotta love Hooters

Seven sexy American restaurants

There are more than 460 Hooters throughout the United States and many others all over the world. Hooters to me is the quintessential sexy American restaurant.

Hooters at the beach

Seven sexy American restaurants

breastaurant is a restaurant that has sexual undertones, most commonly in the form of large-breasted, skimpily-dressed waitresses and barmaids and double-entendre brand name. The term dates from at least the early 1990s, around the time that the restaurant chain Hooters became popular in America It has since been copied by other restaurants offering similar services, such as Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery (dubbed “Hooters goes to Scotland”), Twin Peaks, Bombshells, Bone Daddy’s, Ojos Locos, Bikinis Sports Bar & Grill, Show-Me’s, Brick House Tavern, Mugs & Jugs and Heart Attack Grill.

Tilted Kilt

Seven sexy American restaurants

Based in Tempe, AZ, Tilted Kilt first opened in 2003 as a contemporary Celtic-themed sports pub. Its tagline: “A Cold Beer Never Looked So Good.” With 90 restaurants in the U.S. and Canada, the chain serves fish & chips and shepherd’s pie as well as burgers; it has 44 beers on tap. Servers wear mini-kilts made of an original tartan plaid and the Tilted Kilt is now recruiting male bartenders. In 2011 the chain had annual sales of $124 million, reflecting growth of 33 percent, according to Technomic. 

  Twin Peaks

Seven sexy American restaurants

With servers who show a “hint of sass” and a “girl-next-door image,” Twin Peaks sprang up in 2005 in Texas and now has 23 locations. The award-winning chain in 2011 was named Franchisee of the Year by the International Franchise Association and stresses its “hearty made-from-scratch comfort food.” It plans to open 25 franchised and corporate locations in 2014.

Twin peaks are also in my home town Sydney Australia

Bone Daddy’s House of Smoke

Seven sexy American restaurants

With 6 locations in Texas, this chain boldly claims that its food, including its juke joint-sliced brisket and its “smokin’ pulled pork,” is “the other reason you’re here.” Bone Daddy’s restaurants made an average of $5 million each in sales in 2011 and are company-owned, with no plans to franchise. Originally calling itself “the Hooters of barbecue,” it was recently named one of the 100 best barbecue restaurants in the U.S. Personally I love this shot, these beautiful girls look far more natural than the Hooters air brushed specials. 🙂

Cowgirls Espresso

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And still there’s more. 🙂

Another sexy American

Seven sexy American restaurants

Photobucket sets itself up as a censor and has removed this rather tame photo that was here. So I have replaced it with two. Also below is one of my favourite videos called “Show them to me”.

Show them to me from Marc (MyNutZak) on Vimeo.

Cowgirls Espresso

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Who said breastaurants serve only red meat? Launched in 2002, Cowgirls Espresso, with 15 locations in the greater Seattle/Tacoma area, serves lattes, mochas, and its “famous 32-ounce Buckin’ Bronco” (4 espresso shots in 32 ounces of a cold beverage), which is “guaranteed to put the starch back in the ol’ blue jeans.” The restaurant dishes out pastries and treats, too, and, in summertime, iced Italian soda. 

Mugs ‘n Jugs Sports Bar & Grill

Seven sexy American restaurants

Located in Clearwater, Florida, Mugs ‘N Jugs says its claim to fame is its “huge award-winning wings” and its other great sports bar fare. It offers karaoke most nights, while sports occupy its flatscreen TVs; a game room offers another entertainment outlet. Here’s a surprise: Tuesday night is family night; kids under 12 eat free with the purchase of a $6.99 adult entree.

Bikinis Sports Bar and Grill

Seven sexy American restaurants

Last bit not least in our Seven sexy American restaurants segment. The Lone Star State is home to Bikinis Sports Bar & Grill, begun in 2006 and owned by Austin-based ATX Brands. “I’m very optimistic about the segment,” CEO Doug Guller told Nation’s Restaurant News last year. “There’s a lot of competition as the breastaurant industry has seen success over the last 5 to 10 years. It’s a somewhat recession-resilient industry. I don’t think food, booze, sports or sex are going to die anytime soon.” The chain trademarked the “breastaurant” term and a couple of years ago bought a ghost town not far from Austin, boldly renaming it “Bikinis, Texas.”

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Golden Gate Fishermans Wharf

December 15, 2013 by David Herd

The city of San Francisco

Golden Gate Fishermans Wharf

Golden Gate Fishermans Wharf

Golden Gate Fishermans Wharf are synonymous with  San Francisco. The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate strait, the mile-wide, three-mile-long channel between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The structure links the U.S. city of San Francisco, on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula, to Marin County. It is one of the most internationally recognised symbols of San Francisco, California, and the United States. It has been declared one of the Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Trans America Pyramid

Golden Gate Fishermans Wharf

The Transamerica Pyramid is the tallest skyscraper in the San Francisco skyline. The building no longer houses the headquarters of the Transamerica Corporation, who moved their U.S. headquarters to Baltimore, MD, but it is still associated with the company and is depicted in the company’s logo. Designed by architect William Pereira and built by Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company, at 260 m (850 ft), on completion in 1972 it was the eighth tallest building in the world.

San Francisco Ferry Building.

Golden Gate Fishermans Wharf

The San Francisco Ferry Building is a terminal for ferries that travel across the San Francisco Bay, a marketplace, and also has offices, located on The Embarcadero in San Francisco.

Spear Street

Golden Gate Fishermans Wharf

It was 2005 when I visited SFC on my way to Rio de Janeiro for Carnival.

St Francis of Assisi church

Golden Gate Fishermans Wharf

Situated in the heart of San Francisco’s historic Italian neighbourhood, the Norman Gothic Church of Saint Francis of Assisi was dedicated as a parish church on 17 March 1860. The twin towers and walls survived the 1906 Earthquake and Fire, but the interior was gutted. The parish built a new church within the surviving walls and rededicated it on 2 March 1919.

Aquarium of the Bay.

Golden Gate Fishermans Wharf

Aquarium of the Bay is a public aquarium located at Embarcadero and Beach Street, at the edge of Pier 39 in San Francisco, California. The Aquarium is focused on local aquatic animals from the San Francisco Bay and neighbouring waters.

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Alcatraz.

Golden Gate Fishermans Wharf

Alcatraz Island is located in the San Francisco Bay, 1.5 miles (2.4 km) offshore from San Francisco, California, United States. Often referred to as “The Rock”, the small island was developed with facilities for a lighthouse, a military fortification, a military prison (1868), and a federal prison from 1933 until 1963. Beginning in November 1969, the island was occupied for more than 19 months by a group of Aboriginal peoples from San Francisco who were part of a wave of Native activism across the nation with public protests through the 1970s. In 1972, Alcatraz became a national recreation area and received designation as a National Historic Landmark in 1986.

Pier 39 Sea Lions

Golden Gate Fishermans Wharf

A few California sea lions began “hauling out” on PIER 39′s K-Dock shortly after the Loma Prieta earthquake hit San Francisco in October 1989. By January 1990, the boisterous barking pinnipeds started to arrive in droves and completely took over K-Dock, much to the exasperation of PIER 39′s Marina tenants. The Marina Staff turned to The Marine Mammal Center, an organization devoted to the rescue and rehabilitation of marine mammals, for advice about their new slippery tenants. After much debate and research, the experts from The Marine Mammal Center recommended that the sea lions stay in their new found home.

With a plentiful supply of food from the Bay and an environment protected from predators, the PIER 39 Marina proved to be an ideal living situation for the sea lions. Within a few short months, the number of sea lions grew to more than 300 and hit an all-time record of 1,701 in November 2009.

While the number of sea lions at K-Dock rise and fall with the seasons, available food supply and natural migration patterns, the world famous sea lions always have a home at PIER 39.

Ferry Plaza Seafood

Golden Gate Fisherman's Wharf

Ferry Plaza Seafood is one of the original tenants from the initial revitalization project of the San Francisco Ferry Building. People ask us all the time if we are a family owned restaurant, the answer is that we are not a family owned restaurant, but we all feel like family. Our story is pretty simple, our owner was a frequent guest of Swan’s Oyster Depot. 

She was inspired by their menu and wanted to open a restaurant that served the kind of fresh seafood she always wanted to eat with a spectacular view. She found it really difficult to find affordable seafood that wasn’t blackened, fried, covered in bread crumbs or sauced up in some mysterious way. You will often see her at the restaurant and she is likely to sit down and have a cup of tea or a glass of wine with you. Probably she will ask you if you “watched the game on Sunday? Or if you liked your fish?”

He is doing a shucking good job.

Golden Gate Fisherman's Wharf

The mussels were OK but I do prefer oysters.

 Mussels, fresh bread & a cold beer.

Golden Gate Fisherman's Wharf

Golden Gate Fisherman’s Wharf and fresh seafood, what more could you want?

David Herd at Fisherman’s wharf

Golden Gate Fisherman's Wharf

Thanks for visiting my San Francisco post & apologies for the silly little beard. The one I have now is much better.  😳

Flashback to 1982

Golden Gate Fisherman's Wharf

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, because my air conditioned car was just a few meters away. 🙂

I remember driving from Las Vegas to San Francisco in 1982 through Death Valley then down the coast to L.A.

It was sad to see the number of homeless begging on street corners, in fact on many corners in the city there were four each taking up one corner of the intersection. This song could be about any of them. Take it away Otis.

 

Golden Gate Fishermans wharf

Golden Gate Fisherman's Wharf

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Art Deco South Beach Miami

November 22, 2013 by David Herd

Art Deco South Beach

Art Deco South Beach Miami

Art Deco South Beach Miami was the attraction for me, and the Clay Hotel 1438 Washington Ave, Miami Beach was the perfect location. Far less expensive being 3 or 4 blocks back from the beach.

Hotel Shelley South Beach

Art Deco South Beach Miami

One of the many iconic hotels on South Beach Miami.

South Beach Miami

Art Deco South Beach Miami

South Beach Miami is one of my favourite people watching locations in the world. The cars, the gorgeous women, the bikinis on the beach, its got it all, throw in lots of great bars & restaurants and what else do you need?

How many movies has this deli been in?

Art Deco South Beach Miami

The Architectural District (also known as Old Miami Beach Historic District, and the more popular term, Miami Art Deco District) is a U.S. historic district (designated as such on May 14, 1979) located in the South Beach neighbourhood of Miami Beach, Florida. The district is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Sixth Street to the south, Alton Road to the west, the Collins Canal and Dade Boulevard to the north. It contains 960 historic buildings. In 1989, it was listed in A Guide to Florida’s Historic Architecture, published by the University of Florida Press.

The famous life guard towers

Art Deco South Beach Miami

The fabulous art deco towers are unique examples of this form of architecture, they along the eight and a half mile stretch of  Beach. All told there are twenty five towers guarding those who use the beach. At once functional and decorative, they contribute beautifully to the overall aesthetic of this Floridian resort city. A great example of Art Deco South Beach Miami.

Quintessential South Beach Miami

Art Deco South Beach Miami

Such well known landmarks that is quintessential South Beach Miami.

The local sheriff

Art Deco South Beach Miami

He is exercising his 2nd amendment rights. 🙂

Beautiful white sand on South beach.

Art Deco South Beach Miami

Certainly one of the world’s best beach scenes.

Lots of bars & cafes opposite the beach.

Art Deco South Beach Miami

Lots of cafes and restaurants along the strip.

Finnegans Way.

Art Deco South Beach Miami

Finnegans Way 1344 Ocean Dr,  was a good lay back Irish bar, as it was on the way to my hotel I could never walk past without calling in for a drink.

Drinking JD on South Beach Miami

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Drinks with the manager of Finnegans Way on South Beach.

River cruise.

Art Deco South Beach Miami

A good way to see the sights  including some beautiful homes is to jump on a boat and cruise around the harbour.

Open the bridge, we are coming through.

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A boat cruise is a great way to see the city and surrounds. 

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Huge condo block.

Art Deco South Beach Miami

Luxury hotels and condos are everywhere in Miami.

Condos on the beach.

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Living on South Beach Miami can’t be all that bad. 🙂

Nice little runabout.

Art Deco South Beach Miami

Beautiful classic timber runabout.

Nice big runabout.

Art Deco South Beach Miami

No matter how big your boat is there is always somebody with a bigger one.

Very nice little shack.

Art Deco South Beach Miami

Obviously there is lots of money in Miami.

Nice big shack

Art Deco South Beach Miami

It seems like a small boat for such a huge home. 🙂

The Versace home

Art Deco South Beach Miami

 Gianni Versace was shot dead here on the steps of his home in 1997.

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