Hilly San Francisco
I was sitting in the office and thinking about July, 4 holiday. We can
do something interesting that weekend and we did. We flew to San
Francisco, California in summer 2000. Many people told us that San
Francisco is great city, that's why we wanted to see it ourselves finally.
We flew there through Minneapolis without any problems and then settled
in the hotel. We exited from the highway in the wrong place trying to find
our hotel. I was driving and it was quite to challenge to drive on these
hilly streets first time in the night.
Nevertheless it was
ok and next day I was driving again. Mike forgot his glassed and so I was
driving all the time.
We've been there for about 3.5 days. We walked in a downtown and near the
ocean. The weather was quite cold and not very sunny especially first 2
days. The ocean was cold but it looked wonderful. People were walking on
first we've been in
the Golden Gate park which is very
big park and has several museums and small parks inside.
We visited Japanese
Tea Garden, it was very colorful and elegant. The same day we visited Palace
of Honor which is
actually small Museum
of Art. It contains many Rodin sculptures and others. We saw a temporary
exhibition of some painter from San Francisco, his pictures are nice and
really show the best views of the city. Palace of Honor stands on the hill
and there is very good view of the bay, islands and San Francisco itself.
We were trying to reach Coit Tower but it was closed for private party
what was very disappointing especially after we climbed by thousands steps
from our parking till the top of the hill with this tower. Finally we were
trying to find a parking place near Golden Bridge but it wasn't success
again. so, we crossed it and took pictures from the other side on the island.
BTW, the bridge looks fine but it's quite short comparing to the Bay Bridge
another bridge in San Francisco.
day we had a trip to Alcatraz
the prison island. This island is actually very close to the main land.
No wonder some prisoners escaped successfully (they of course think they
are dead). You know Alcatraz is a very gray old place, nothing
special ... Just movies
and stories keep it alive I think.
we climbed on the top of Coit Tower which looks really great on the whole
San Francisco view. This tower looks very bright on the San Francisco landscape.
Somehow we found about a very strange street in San Francisco called Lombard
didn't read about
it on the any web site but people were all over it. You know what
is so special about it? The street has zigzag shape and goes down from
the top of hill. And...cars can drive through it though very slowly! That's
fun, I also drove there at night. We took many pictures from there including
the one in the beginning of this page. At the end we walked around the
Marina district and saw many good-looking houses, some with a very good
view. In fact we liked these residential districts especially that many
houses should have very good view on the city and bay.
has a lot of restaurants and we visited several including very good persian.
Also I was eating a soup inside the famous sourdough bread that is San
on our way back we saw July 4 fireworks from the plane staying in the Minneapolis
spending 3 days there we understood that it's not enough at all. One should
spend at least a week there. There are many other museums to visit (like
Museum of Modern Art) and many scenic routes to drive... And everybody
knows about famous San Francisco opera.