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Mar
14

Bay Area Chronicles: San Francisco Quickie

At long last, the time for me to explore San Francisco had arrived!  It was a challenge for me to go to San Francisco from Pleasant Hill as I don’t have a car, but heaven must be listening as a co-worker volunteered to give us a tour.

Exploring downtown San Francisco

The tour started with a quick drive though the business district of San Francisco.  Like any business districts, tall buildings line the streets but what I noticed is that sidewalks are consistently wide and clear, and bike lanes are everywhere.

Sidewalks and bike lanes, check!

The next stop is the turnaround point of cable cars at the Powell and Market streets.  We were fortunate that the lines to the ticketing and the cable car isn’t that long when we arrived so we didn’t have to wait long.  We took the Powell-Hyde line which terminates near Ghirardelli Square.

Single ride ticket: $6

Here comes a cable car (the cable is below the surface in case you were wondering)

Look at how big these pigeons are!

It will go straight to this track where it will be turned manually 360 degrees

Here comes the cable car conductor inspecting passengers’ (mostly tourists) tickets

We then took a quick tour of Fisherman’s Wharf.  It’s amazing how a cloudy sky drove away the tourists as there’s hardly any crowd anywhere!

End of the line

Walking around…

Fisherman’s Wharf

Looking back towards the direction of the cable car

Another mode of transportation

Crabs!

And of course, we wouldn’t miss eating ice cream (despite the 12°c temperature) at Ghirardelli Square!

Ghirardelli Square

Ghirardelli Square Fountain

Heavenly Hot Fudge Sundae 🙂

Here, we eat 😀

Hmmm…

Next stop is Lombard Street, also known as the crookedest street in the world.

Going down, weee!

Having a selfie at the bottom of the hairpins

This is the view as seen from Lombard Street

And finally, perhaps the highlight of this San Francisco trip, is the visit to the Golden Gate Bridge.

Wow

Almost 80 years…

This is a sample of the cable used in the bridge

What you see in this billboard changes as you move across it

More information about the bridge

Walking on the Golden Gate Bridge

View from the bridge

Since the bridge is so long, walking it across would take quite some time so we just drove over it

Selfie from another vantage point

Several photos later and we were off to Sausalito for lunch.

View of San Francisco from Sausalito

My delicious lunch from an Italian restaurant in Sausalito

As we cross the Golden Gate Bridge again, fog suddenly engulfed the area

Concluding the day’s itinerary would be Twin Peaks Summit.

San Francisco as seen from Twin Peaks Summit

One more selfie before calling it a day 😀

Best day of my travel so far!

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Bay Area Chronicles


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