The City by the Bay

Trip Start Jun 29, 2010
Trip End Dec 05, 2010

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010





Up nice and early (at least early for me) and off on the big SFO tour. After passing through a few areas such as the Italian district we ended up at Lombard Street which is famous or being the world's crookedest street, which most people have seen at some point on either TV or movies. Heading towards the bridge we saw The Presidio which was originally established by the Spanish in 1776 and was where the city used to be protected from. We had a good view of the Golden Gate Bridge from the waterfront before driving over it to an even better viewing point on the other side. We ended up on top of a hill which overlooks San Francisco and has some great panoramic views of the city.

The tour also included Muir Woods which is home to ancient redwood trees, some being over 1000 years old and over 250 feet high. I wasn't that impressed but it was nice enough to stroll through the national park. Other interesting sights on the trip were The Castro which is famous for the gay rights movement in the 70s, Haight-Ashbury which is the hippie neighbourhood and other areas such as Twin Peaks and Golden Gate Park. I particularly liked Haight-Ashbury with its relaxed hippies both old and young who like to mingle with other sub-cultures like goths etc.

The last stop on the tour was the Seven Sisters (aka Painted Ladies) which is probably one of the most photographed places in the city after the Golden Gate Bridge. From this point you can see the contrast between old and new San Francisco, The seven old Victorian houses border the modern San Francisco skyline which makes for a nice photo to sum up the city. There used to be more of these nice Victorian houses in the city but many have become victim to the various earthquakes which the region is also famous for.

At the end of the day I popped over to the pier where the Alcatraz boats leave from. The sign at the docks said that the next available departure to book was in around one weeks time, which was no use since I wasn't there for that long. I therefore talked to the woman at the desk who said there were no other possibilities to get tickets. Never one to give up and after further interrogating the woman she finally revealed that if I was one of the first in line in the morning that they release a limited amount of day-release tickets (I reckon around 100 tickets). She didn't say what time the queues started but I knew it was going to be an early rise.

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