Pier 39

Pier 39 is the place to be when in San Francisco.  Pier 39 has many stores  and restaurants.  Some stores are: souvenir, Pandora, Hard Rock Cafe store and so many others.  Some restaurants are: Bubba Gump, Hard Rock Cafe, Wipe out and many others.   You can also just pick up dessert.  They have a place where you can get a small bucket of mini donuts.  They are made fresh and delicious.   They also have a place where you can get crepes: sweet and savory crepes.  There is also a carousel for the children to ride.  The carousel is also a double carousel.  It was very cool to see.

Another place at Pier 39 is the Aquarium at the Bay.  They have many ocean animals to view. There were sharks, jellyfish, otters, different kinds of fish and many other ocean animals. It is a nice place to visit with children.  We went to the Aquarium and we used a city pass which included the aquarium.

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Another popular place is at Pier 39 is to see the sea lions.  There are lots of sea lions that come and visit the pier. They lay, play and talk to one another.  Many people come  to Pier 39 just to see the sea lions.  My son was very excited to see them and we went a few times to visit them.  At times, we saw them swimming in the bay.

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At Pier 39, you can catch a cruise around the bay.  We took the Blue and Gold Cruise.  It was an hour long cruise. We learned a lot about San Francisco from the cruise.  We went all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge.  We sailed under it and of course took a lot of photos.   We also went around to Alcatraz Island.  We were able to see both sides of the island.  It was a nice and wonderful cruise.

When visiting San Francisco make sure to wear  layers because it does get cold when there.  We went in April and it was cold.  We were wearing long sleeve and hoodies.

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60th Birthday Basket Idea

Ever thought of getting someone a birthday basket? Read this blog to find out what you can do for a 60th birthday basket. Today is my dad’s 60th birthday.  60 is a big number and so much is achieved by the time someone is 60.  Many people have large parties for their 60th birthdays. My dad did not we just went out for his birthday as a family. My dad is the first man that I have loved.  My dad is a wonderful man who has done so much for me.  I wanted to show him how much he had done for me by creating a basket with 60 different things for him.  So as his birthday was approaching I started thinking: What will I ever get him? What are some things that he likes?  He has so many things that for me to get him something that he didn’t have was going to be hard. So I thought about just getting him things that he can use and/or eat at the moment.   I went searching through many different stores in order to pick up 60 different things. Some of the stores which I visited were: CVS, Target, TJMaxx, BJs and Walmart.

Gifts and the store:

  1. TJMaxx-  I picked up a large basket so that I was able to place all the things into that basket.  Other things which I picked up in TJMaxx were two shirts, a wallet, four ties, and a portable cellphone charger.
  2. CVS- I picked up many different chocolate bars. I wanted to pick a variety so that they were all not the same. This was the easy part because my dad eats all kinds of chocolate.
  3. Target- I picked up some more chocolate bars.
  4. Walmart- I picked a Mets hat and slippers.
  5. BJs- I picked up more chocolate but this time it was the Lindt chocolate. I also picked up fruit jelly (he loves these) and Polish beer.

With all these things I was still short of 60 items for the basket.  I ended up picking through 10 wines that I had at home to add to the basket.

I was so excited to give my dad his basket and watch his reaction to all the things that I got for him.  When I gave him the basket he was so happy and excited with all the things that he got.  Below is a photo of the items which I put in the basket. Hope this inspires you to create a 60th birthday basket for someone special in your life.  🙂