Here are some more photos from our trip to San Francisco, some of them taken while driving down those hilly streets, while waiting to cross the street, while crossing the street, or from the parking lot at Best Buy. 😀
And so we leave San Francisco, not exactly with our hearts left behind but with pleasant, sunny memories of finally seeing the most photographed bridge in the world, strolling in a not-so-tiny neighborhood park, relishing ‘exclusive’ nighttime photo ops, inhaling the sweet smell of chocolate and drooling over everything in a bakery that has all the goods.
We will surely be back. There’s still so much more to see, experience and eat (of course!) in this lovely and exciting city. Thanks, “SanFran”! 🙂
P.S. This was our rental car. We called it Andy.
Sometimes, it pays to arrive late.
San Francisco’s Pier 39, considered by many to be the city’s premier tourist trap, is usually teeming with both out-of-towners and locals. But we got there on a late night, famished after some poorly thought-out shopping and desperate for dinner. Some watering holes and family restaurants were still open but with most shops closed or about to close, the place was practically deserted.
We had no intention of buying anything and enjoyed just looking through shop windows at some gorgeous displays. I walked around and took lots of pictures — as anyone would, I think, who had been given access to a theme park after everyone else had gone home. 🙂
After the Golden Gate Bridge, the Golden Gate Park was next in our San Francisco itinerary. We parked at JFK Drive and started our leisurely stroll, quite hopeful that we’d see a good part of the park within a couple of hours.
Oops. It soon became apparent that we would need a lot more hours to do that. The Golden Gate Park is quite sizable: it is more than a thousand acres in area and is 20% larger than New York’s famous Central Park (which can take at least a couple of days to explore).
Here’s a satellite view of the park. The yellow splat shows the area we managed to see.
What can I say, we had ambitious plans. 🙂 Anyway, here are some pictures I took from ground level:
It has been called the most photographed bridge in the world and for many, it is also the most recognizable landmark in the United States. Those of us who were already alive during the pre-Facebook era remember that the very first postcards sent home by family and friends newly-arrived in the USA (particularly and usually in California) almost always featured the Golden Gate Bridge. The Empire State Building, the lights of Las Vegas, the big ‘Hollywood’ sign, the Grand Canyon and, I daresay, even the Statue of Liberty were second stringers.
The Bridge which turned 75 years old last year is now visited by more than 10 million people every year. On our recent trip to San Francisco, my sister and I decided that adding two more to that number wouldn’t hurt, so off to the orange bridge we went.