Monday, May 15, 2006

JavaOne - San Francisco - Day 1

I arrived at SF International airport around 16:55, took a cab to get to my hotel located somewhere on Market street. I notice that it's kind of humid and warm: something unusual in SF. Even the cab driver admits that it's so warm today.

The hotel where I stay filled with people coming for the conference. In fact, when I step up to get the key, one of the receptionist asks me if I am here for JavaOne.

Since the conference doesn't start until tomorrow morning, so I take the advantage by going around the area. One noticeable about SF downtown area is homeless people are all over the places. I even see a guy pissing right at a bus-stop. But once you get outside downtown a bit, for example to the Fisherman's Wharf, the scene gets a lot better and is populated with so many tourists.

trolley's ticket to get around SF. $1.50 for a day.
I couldn't believe SF still uses such an outdated ticketing system.
There also another subway system to get around SF called BART which I haven't had a chance to explore yet.

This is right at the Fisherman's Wharf. Across the street of this sign are numerous pavement-style restaurants serving fresh seafood.

I stop by this restaurant and decide to have dinner here: fresh grilled red snapper for $7. Nothing can beat that...

Along Embarcadero street (Fisherman's Wharf main avenue),I catch several street artists testing their skill with paintbrush on paper. I think each piece costs $

Ripley's Believe it or Not store. I just stand in front of the store and ask the cashier her consent to take this photo of a wax-figure prisoner climbing up and down a rope. At first, I thought this was real!!!

SF also has a wax museum. I sneak in and take some photos without buying any ticket!
I don't need to tell the below celebrities' names as they are so popular already.

Embarcadero street at night

Tomorrow the conference will start at 8:30. My registered session is around 11:00 but I will come early to attend Sun's General session.
Good night.. Until then sleep tight.


Anonymous said...

Loosk nice over there. I strongly recommend going on the ferry tour that goes to Golden Gate bridge and around Alcatraz. I believe the name of the cruise line is Red and White Fleet, below is their website

Toris said...

I hope you are having a great time in SF. Don't forget to try the clam chowder in a bread's the best!!!