Trip went great thanks to Vinnie for his excellent service again.
Colin and his colleagues went over and above to ensure I got onto the flight I needed, renewing my booking whilst I needed time securing insurance cover , and steering me in the right direction to find insurers I could use
Lloyd and his team are always helpful and reliable
Everyone in the team was really helpful.
As usual, top quality service from selection of best option through to personal attention to ensure all arrangements are in place.
Excellent service from Matt. Thank you
Jeff is incredibly helpful and efficient!
Really happy with the service from start to the end. Thanks to all for making this so easy for me - a happy customer.
Very helpful, great to have point of contact in uncertain times
Joey and his team were very professional and kept in contact regularly throughout our booking process. The team was even courteous enough to walk us through all the intricacies of flying during the pandemic.
Easy and excellent booking from Noah. I would recommend him to friends and colleagues
Jenson, as ever, has been highly efficient and so helpful in enabling this trip to happen at all during these uncertain times. He's kept us informed along the way and we're very grateful. We will certainly come back, as we have done over the past 10 yrs of booking through him, and have always been nothing less than confident in what he's offered knowing that his options are well chosen and we're always given nothing less than a great service.
Amazing service. Kept me informed as flights kept being changed by the airline. Great personal service.
Watch out for airline seats that seem the same size as others but are actually smaller and awkwardly placed. The seat I ended up in was off centre.
A huge thank you to Jessica and Howard. We had a wonderful trip. Planned well in advance we had to go to them a few times for adjustments and they were helpful with advice on bookings with reimbursement due to Covid uncertainties. The flights all worked, the rental car arrangement too and being able to make the reservations with a deposit and pay balance closer was also a benefit.
Gave me all the time and attention I needed. Thank you
Niall is brilliant: incredibly friendly, efficient, and professional. He also saved me lots of money. I can’t rate him highly enough.
Zac did a fabulous job putting multiple international flights and rental cars together. Super job, as he always does
Staff are always polite, friendly and helpful
Anthony is always so helpful
I had a one hour transfer at Heathrow which my agent changed to a six hour so I didn't miss it but I got there in time for the 1 hr and having to wait in the airport was uncomfortable.
Generally very good, no issues other than flight delays with Delta
Incredibly helpful as always
You are the ONLY travel agent I would trust! You are terrific and do the best possible for your customers. I have recommended you at least 3 times since my trip.
Fantastic company, staff very helpful and you get a personal experience. Would fully recommend. Had to change flights a few times for my son, they did this with ease and the experience has been a positive one.
You were amazing during a very sad and stressful time. You were able to make all the necessary changes to my trip to allow me to spend my dad's last days in hospice with him. I will be forever grateful.
Raj helped take the stress out of planning my trip.
Once again, excellent service from Gareth and his team.
DialAFlight does what it says! The staff are very helpful and I would definitely use and recommend them to my friends and colleagues
Amy was the most helpful and accommodating travel agent I have ever dealt with. Due to both personal circumstances and the impact of COVID-19 the travel dates had to be changed numerous times and Amy immediately produced solutions on every occasion. I will definitely use DialAFlight in the future and have no hesitation in recommending to others.
Sitting on San Francisco's famous Pier 39, sauce-stained children slurp huge bowls of clam chowder. In the background, Alcatraz's forbidding, mist-shrouded silhouette rises from the ocean.
The nearby gift shop is doing a roaring trade, churning out striped underpants and replica prison-issue toiletries bearing the tag line, 'don't drop the soap', all to a soundtrack of the pier's famous blubbery, barking sea lions.
WHERE TO FIRST
But the waterfront – with its many fresh crab restaurants – will soon look very different. The green-fingered team behind New York's urban High Line has now turned its attention to the Presidio – a beautiful, sprawling park overlooking the bay.
The tunnels burrowing through it will soon form the base of a spectacular, 14-acre park known as Tunnel Tops. When it opens in 2019, there will be beautiful views of the bay and meadows filled with fragrant wildflowers.
During 1967's Summer of Love, pier workers fought their way through crowds of garland-waving hippies who gathered here to shout about the Vietnam War.
THEN AND NOW
Now, more than 50 years on, hipsters have replaced hippies in Haight-Ashbury. A handful of psychedelic shops filled with tie-dye are squeezed between boutiques and organic cafes.
The closest encounter I have with a possible hippy is when I crouch down to take a picture of an enormous rainbow-themed piece of street art and accidentally disturb a dreadlocked local dozing in a doorway.
At Pork Store Cafe, a 40-year-old Haight Street institution famous for its huge breakfasts, I meet Amanda, a local, who tells me how the area's beautiful, Victorian, pastel-hued houses are being snapped up (and lovingly refurbished) by dotcom billionaires. She complains that prices have rocketed.
As I cycle towards the city centre, a smiling skateboarder shouts his encouragement and speeds past me – uphill. I realise his skateboard is battery-powered. I recall my chat with Amanda and wonder if it's Mark Zuckerberg or someone similar.
On the recommendation of a friend, I stop by Hotel Zetta in downtown San Francisco. Since last spring, it's been home to the world's first hotel-based virtual reality room. It's free to try – those in need of a moment of escapism (without the mind-altering drugs) can simply walk off the street into the padded room and slip on the headset.
I do so and find myself standing atop a shipwreck, one of several colourful worlds to be explored.
Neon fish swarm around me and when I turn around, I'm face-to-face with a huge, blinking whale. The next moment, I'm in a mountainous valley (apparently it's modelled on the landscape of Washington State).
Despite being just metres away from the rumbling trams, I can wander to a cliff edge and peer into a valley so deep that my stomach flips.
On my final night, I check out China Live, one of the city's newest restaurants. The walls are lined with hand-painted tiles showing local landmarks, such as the Transamerica Pyramid.
I sit at one of the communal tables and try jellyfish for the first time (it's salty, rubbery and delicious) with a potent, dragon fruit tea-infused cocktail.
Chinatown borders North Beach, a bay-side neighbourhood with a huge Italian community. I cycle home past Italian flags painted on lamp posts and delis blaring opera music.
In a nearby park, Chinese women perform perfectly choreographed tai chi routines near students making the most of California's decision to legalise marijuana. Suddenly, that Summer of Love doesn't seem quite so far away.
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