Both of us fondly remember eager anticipation of trips into the city to have fun at Pier 39 as kids. Honestly, the San Francisco waterfront has always had a very special allure for both the young and old alike. Who can forget the cheezy wax museum, Ripley’s Believe it or What?, the amazing seafood restaurants with the daily catch and the world famous sourdough bakeries? Lots of street performers busking for the tourists. So much to do and see.
Our first Friday evening in the city, we decided to play tourist and stroll down memory lane on the SF waterfront. Past the tourist traps, past the fresh crab steaming in the pots, past the ever-multiplying sourdough bread bakeries and down to the old pier.
There was a lovely little relaxation store that sold water massages in a machine and fancy aromatherapy with oxygen boosting. We had been doing a lot of running around so it seemed like a great idea and it was absolutely super fun!
Everything was much as we remembered it but Pier 39 seemed backwards. Ken remembers the carousel being indoors on the land side of the pier along with the arcade. Now it’s been relocated outside over the water at the end of the pier and the arcade is down with it. The huge magic shop was also relocated into a much smaller storefront. I guess magic tricks just aren’t selling like they used to.
We did run into an old friend though. Does anyone remember Zoltar?!?