After we settled in Calabasas, we wanted to visit Malibu, go around it and explore the area. We wrote down the places we wanted to visit and off we went. The first place was Malibu Creek Park, we went up and down the hill trying to find the place but with no luck, the GPS said that we were in the area but all we saw was forests, hills and lots of trees. We spent 30 minutes going around the same place looking for an entrance but with no luck. As we were heading out of the road to the main road, we saw people park at the beginning of the road and going down the hill, then we realised that we were in the right place but there was no actual entrance, you just park and move your legs. Of course we weren’t ready for such an adventure so we skipped this place and to the pier we went.
I was the one driving the car and husband was giving me directions from the GPS. The road was fine on the mountain but then it started shrinking and it became really small and we were going up, I was actually looking down the mountain from my left and it was so scary, we were very high, almost reached the sky 😛 I became really nervous as we went up and the road shrinker more and more. Husband asked me to park on the right so he can take over but it was too risky to do so. I continued driving nervously until the road became bigger and we were descending to the ocean side, then I became relaxed and I enjoyed the road.
There was nothing to do in the pier, it was very windy but very beautiful at the same time. We had fresh juices in one of the restaurants. They thought we wanted to have lunch but all we had were juices, and I thought they they didn’t like us sitting for juices only but it wasn’t crowded so they didn’t say anything but I kinda felt it 😛
Then we headed to Point Dume. A very high area in Malibu, all fancy houses and villas, fancy cars and atmosphere. It was very easy to reach the place, we parked our car and we headed to the stairs taking us down the beach. As we saw how deep down it was, we almost had a heart attack it was really deep. My husband didn’t want to go down because it would take all your energy literally. I mean going down is easy but going up,,,Oh boy. I went down to take some nice pictures. And when I went up :S I couldn’t feel my legs, and it actually took me 15 minutes to reach our car but it was worth it as you can see from the pictures 🙂
We ended our day in San Francisco in Pier 39 which is a famous area and the centre of everything. The whole action is there. You want to have a bite, you can have it there, a snack is there, cafes, restaurants desserts and bakeries are all there. You want to buy a souvenir you can also buy it from there. So many activities, movie theatre, cruises, shows, mazes and so much more. You can spend your whole day there without feeling bored.
I feel that we didn’t stay that long in this area and didn’t explore it that much, but our visit was okay. Maybe next time when we head to the USA, we must plan few days in San Fran to finish everything. The place is huge and CROWDED. You can hardly find a place to sit in so if you want to have lunch, make sure to eat around 1 or 2pm because around 3 or 4pm, the place becomes crowded.
“PIER 39 is a 45-acre waterfront complex that is a gathering place for millions of San Francisco locals and visitors. In addition to its 14 full-service restaurants, 90+ shops and popular attractions, PIER 39 is home to a 5-acre waterfront park and a 300-berth marina. PIER 39 is known for its spectacular views of San Francisco Bay including the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge and Alcatraz, as well as the world famous California sea lions hauled out on K-Dock.”
Check their website for more information Pier 39
Oh yeah, we were inside that famous prison called Alcatraz. I’m sure all of you guys have heard of this prison and the criminals that stayed there, one of them was Al Capone. Alcatraz Island belonged to Mexico long time ago but then California governor bought it from them and became US property/land.
How this place became a very famous prison is a very long story which you can google if you’re interested. I can tell you that I came to know about this prison from Kevin bacon’s famous movie Murder In The First 1995 which was about a prisoner in Alcatraz that his case led to shut down the whole place. Watch it, a very interesting movie.
Back to our trip, we reached our ferry just before 1pm and boarded immediately. As I said it was freezing called, so imagine staying in the upper deck just to get some cool pictures of the prison, we almost became ice cubes 😛 When we got to the mini island, there was a guard who spoke to every group that arrived to the mainland, we kinda skipped the speech because we wanted to save time. The place was really huge and it had a lot of going up and up and up. My legs started melting after few steps up.
The place was really scary as we first passed by the morgue which looked horrible! Then we entered the prison and saw where they showered and changed their clothes for the first time. Then we got our tour audio and headed up to the cells. Some places were closed for some reasons. We got to see the cells, the kitchen, the library and other places. It was so overwhelming, and there was this awful smell that made me feel death was surrounding us :S A very creepy tour.
We finished the whole place in 2 hours or less, something like that and headed back to Pier 39 in the ferry but this time we stayed inside because it was getting very cold.