Lets go to San Francisco!
San Francisco - first place you think about when you go to California. I sure dreamed about visiting it ever since I was a child and I now I sure will dream of coming there again.
Going to the airport in New York.
Airports in America are at their top level. Here for example we have lots of ipads, free to use for playing games, read news or surf the web.
The same situation is with their planes. Onboard Wi-fi is a common thing.
A view from the plane.
Closing in to San Francisco.
Passing by San Francisco Bay bridge. It has one of the longest spans in the world.
And here we are - landed in the Innational airport of San Francisco.
First glimpse on the city.
Here is a first tip for you. If you decide to come to this city, don't take public transport from the airport. There's nothing wrong with it but the whole city has been built on hills, so it would be really hard for you to look for the hotel with all your luggage. We took a hotel shutter bus, which took us right to the hotel.
You can feel the spirit of creativity a minute you enter the city.
Our hotel was near the Transamerica Pyramid which is the tallest skyscraper in the San Francisco and one of its most iconic. And since you can see it from almost every place in the city it was always really easy to find a way back to the hotel.
First place next to the Financial district was Chine town.
Basically it's the same as everywhere. Only much fewer people comparing to New York for instance.
San Francisco isn't the cheapest city. So if you don't want to go to Mc Donalds or buy other fast food, go to Chine town. It's always cheap and really delicious.
Famous cable trams. As you can see it has no wires on the top. Given that city is lying on many high hills it has a cable underground that pulls him all the way.
One day transport pass costs only 2$ where I ride in a tram costs 6$. And to be honest it isn't worth that. We managed to ride one stop for free, but it isn't that much fun as it might seem.
And here you can see the angle of the streets.
You actually have to park cars this way. The other way around is forbidden.
There are more than 50 hills within city limits. So if you are thinking about taking a long walk in San Francisco you better prepare yourself for a lot of climbing. Now imagine walking down these streets looking for your hotel with all your luggage. :)
But you really can feel that you are in California now.
Trams go only in one part of the city, mostly the financial district part.
And they have a stop at every crossroad. So basically through out every block.
Pros of the hills is that you can admire the view of the city from many places.
And here is the popular Lombard Street. One of the icons of San Francicko.
Lombard Street - really impressive. Very green and curvy street. It didn't have that many flowers but I assume it's even more spectacular during summer time.
Could be interesting driving down it.
And here is another famous view from the Hyde street with Alcatraz island on the background.
Trams go all way long.
You can see this view in many popular movies including "The Rock" which is one of my favorites.
I think I'm gonna stay here for a while. Shooting Alcatraz.
A Spaniard named Juan Manuel de Ayala christened Alcatraz Island in 1775. He dubbed the island "La Isla de los Alcatraces," which roughly translates to, "The Island of the Pelicans."
This is one of those places in San Francisco where you would like to take a photo.
During the 29 years it was used as a federal prison, Alcatraz held such notable criminals as Al Capone.
Really cool idea to paint an add on the wall.
Of course we couldn't miss Fisherman's Wharf of San Francisco. The second most popular tourist attraction place.
Creative signs in the ground.
And of course Pier 39 which since 1989 is a home to many sea lions.
And here they are, just lying under the sun.
Pier 39 with Golden Gate bridge on the background, San Francisco, USA.
A closer look.
Alcatraz islands, San Francisco, USA.
You can clearly see the prison on the island.
This is a place where you can observe sea lions while being relatively close to "Alcatraz" and admire "Golden Gate" bridge on the background.
Beautiful beach near by.
The day was coming to an end. So we needed to find the best place for the sunset. And we did.
Sun sets right at the end of the "Golden Gate" bridge. The view was breathtaking.
San Francisco city. You can easily see the location of our hotel.
Sunset in San Francisco, USA.
I wonder is this the same sunset view all the prisoners had.
The only thing missing here is this soundtrack. Now I can surely announce that I can stay here, forever...
On our way back we hit some local pubs but in general life here is really peaceful and calm.
You can easily walk through the night. Unlike New York this is totally "white coast" (in terms of people) Absolutely no black people here.
The next day we decided to take a different rout and go through all the city passing "Golden gate" park and straight to the Pacific ocean. Whole route took about 10km one way and turned out to be much harder than it seemed.
Main apple store. Doesn't look that impressive as in New York even though it's the closest one to Apples home town Cupertino.
Nice ride :)
I love the creativity spirit in this city.
I'm not sure but I suppose driver carries his own bicycle. The place is kind of unusual. San Francisco has the nicest people. This trolly driver for instance stopped so that I could get a picture of him.
And here is a view from "Buena Vista" park. Basically it's just a big hill with forest on it. Nice place for a walk without too many people around.
Resting after big climb.
Behind the trees lies beautiful city.
Some kind of cathedral on the other side of the city.
Cute streets of San Francisco. Very clean, nice place to be. We were standing on the street with a map looking for the bus stop when a guy came to us and just gave us his bus day pass ticket. People are unbelievably friendly and helpful.
Newspapers are delivered in plastic bags right to your door. Like in a movies.
This is neat :)
Typical bus stop. And again, if you dare to ask for a help, the whole bus stop is going to help you till the bus arrives.
It starts in the middle of San Francisco and goes right till the coastline of the Pacific ocean.
Unfortunately we didn't have much time so we had postponed it for the next time.
Beautiful clean streets. While taking this photo I was standing in the middle of a road. When I turned back there were three cars waiting for me to finish shooting. I was amazed. They didn't even signal me. In Latvia or even New York I would had been driven over three times.
Park has many middle sized lakes and ponds, with walking paths, bridges and probably all you could wish for.
North Windmill in Golden Gate Park. Built in 1903, it was used to pump water throughout the park.
And here we are - finally. First time in my life was I going to see and feel the Pacific Ocean.
It was huge, beautiful, indescribable.
Totally different from the Atlantic ocean.
From this point I was closer to Japan rather than to Europe.
Real pleasure for kite surfers though.
You just feel the freedom over there. I've never seen anything like this.
Wish we had more time. I could spend here all day.
Surfers were happy with the waves too.
"mm, please San Francisco - let me stay", - I thought.
Shooting kite surfers in the Pacific ocean.
It's like paradise for them.
People are walking with their pets or children. Everybody are smiling, the sun is shining, nature all around us and at the same time we are in a very civilised, modern city.
This is paradise. :)
Time to check out the water. Look at him fly.
Ok, the water in September isn't the warmest I admit, but I could easily go for a swim. Wouldn't say it was freaking cold.
And by that time I didn't care about it at all. :)
I just wanted to run..
..so I did :) The only thing missing was a golden retriever with us. :) Then my life would be totally complete.
Unfortunately we had to move forward. And since we haven't been eating the whole day it would be nice to find a nice place to eat somewhere near by.
And there is only one place where you can eat. The "Cliff house", the one you see now on the background.
Coastline at the Pacific ocean, San Francisco, USA.
You can see miles ahead from this point.
And here it is. Of course it isn't a "fast food" place, but we were starving so we didn't care about the prices, which turned out to be very reasonable especially for that kind of place.
Water in USA goes always for free, and the waiter, like all the people in San Francisco, was extremely nice to us and seated us right by the window. This surely is one of the best restaurants we've been in America.
After dinner we headed forward for our final destination - the "Golden Gate" bridge.
But first, one last glimpse at the ocean. I totally fell in love with this place.
Such a beautiful place. You would definitely need more than a day to see all of it.
And here is the "Golden Gate" bridge. Like a huge gates to the city.
Warning signs everywhere.
Cliffs are actually quite steep.
Of course it didn't stop us. But the path was scary enough as well.
The closer we came the more beautiful it got.
Golden Gate bridge, San Francisco, USA.
There were absolutely no zone in the cliffs but every 200 meters were call boxes in case something happens. Very clever.
Another a "must visit" place was a "Palace of Fine Arts". Very beautiful museum shown in many popular movies.
Palace Of Fine Arts, San Francisco, USA.
But even from the outside it looked stunning.
And finally here we are at the "Golden Gate" bridge. Just in time before sunset.
Very interesting information right in front of the bridge. You can also see a piece of cable to realize the size of it.
Beautiful "Golden Gate" bridge, San Francisco, USA.
Right in front of the bridge located its small model, so that it would be easy to understand how the bridge works - resists winds, earthquakes and ocean flows.
Bridges infrastructure is clever too. It has 3 lines in each direction. But in the morning it changes for four lines that goes into the city and two that comes out of it. In the evening it's the other way around. This helps avoid traffic in rush hours.
Beautiful red edge.
One more glimpse on the Alcatraz from the bridge.
San Francisco under the sunset. By the way now you can see how far we are from our hotel.
A view on the "Angel island" from the bridge.
Watching the sunset from the bridge.
You can actually see ocean flow.
It's a shame we didn't have time to cross it. I guess we'll leave it for the next time. :)
Here you can see the model of the bridge in details with me on the background :)
I guess it's time to head back to the city.
Some more photos of the San Francisco at night.
The city is peaceful but yet alive.
The Transamerica Pyramid building at night.
The next morning we had a quick last tour around the city before going to the airport.
One of the steepest streets I've ever seen.
Peaceful and elegant.
I bet it would look good at night.
It's time to leave but I already know that I will definitely return.
Really love the "check in" procedure. You just swipe your passport, print out your boarding pass and your're good to go. No online check in, so cool.
Next stop - the city of lost angels - Los Angeles.
Serious security checks.
And here is the insight of the plane. Even though it's just an internal flight it looks stunning. So comfortable and elegant. Don't even want to think about shitty "Ryan air".comments powered by Disqus