Exploring San Francisco - Part 1
I sure didn't think I would be back here so soon but here I am. Last time I visited this wonderful city was in September and only 7 months later here I am back, participating in O'Reilly web development conference. What a great chance to see this wonderful city one more time.
Before getting to San Francisco we had to make a connection stop in Helsinki and New York. In total it was almost a 24 hour flight.
Finally we are in New York - the big apple. I'm sur glad to see it again. Love this city.
Unfortunately we had only few hours in New York so we didn't get much to see. Just an outside view and that's it.
Looking for a flight to San Francisco.
Americans are real patriots. Sure didn't see so many flags in Latvia airport.
And finally 24 hours later we are in San Francisco and checking in. We had an O'Reilly fluent conference to attend the next morning.
We were living in a business center. A view from our hotel. Not the best view to be honest.
Here how the business center looks like. Nothing special. Just huge skyscrapers down the street.
The next day the weather was much better. So at lunch time we decided to explore the city a little bit more.
This is my second time here but still it's really interesting to explore the city.
Probably the most popular tram in the world. Actually they are more of a cable cars, since they are being pulled by a cable that goes under the tram.
It costs 6$ to drive them and they are always full of tourists. I drove them once and it isn't quite comfortable.
One of the busiest street in down town with mayor stores like Macy's and Victoria's Secret.
And of course the Union Square. Small park right in the center of the business center.
A heart statue with a Golden Gate bridge picture in Union Square.
Statue of the Dewey Memorial in Union Square.
As the evening came we decided to grab a bite in China town. As it turned out later this wasn't our best decision.
China town in San Francisco considered to be one of the best in the world. A found it quite dirty and noisy. Nothing particularly interesting.
Poor van. Or maybe this is stylish :)
Some kind of a monument. I believe it means something but I just have no idea what.
By the time we got to the Bay bridge it was already dark. Maybe it's for the best since it looks stunning at night.
Port of San Francisco. Beautiful.
And here is the view on the business center at night from the port. Of course this is not a Manhattan but still pretty nice.
Busy night streets.
The next morning we woke up really early. At about 4 AM and decided to see the sunrise. We had plenty of time since the conference started at 9 AM. Early streets of San Francisco remind me more of a Brooklyn to be honest.
And here is the same Bay Bridge that we saw last night.
It looked better at night didn't it?
And here is the sunrise. Not exactly the one we were hoping for but still quite impressive.
The massive bridge pillons.
The Bay Bridge offers the only direct automobile connection to the East Bay.
Rincon Park and Cupid's Span with the San Francisco skyline and The Embarcadero in the background.
A small pier mostly for fishermen.
Another glance at the port.
Yeap, this place is definitely ment for the fishermen.
American gull. Doesn't seem to be afraid of people.
The Transamerica Pyramid is the tallest skyscraper in the San Francisco skyline and one of its most iconic.
The tower has no public access except for the first floor lobby, thus visitors cannot ascend to the top for a panoramic view.
At lunch time we decided to go for a little shopping at Macy's.
I'm not sure what kind of a trend this is but these mustage pillows are really popular there.
In the evening we decided to take a walk by the most popular street in San Francisco - the Hyde street. The one with the trams and the Alcatraz on the background.
If you go down the Hyde street you will cross a Lombard street that leads to a Russian hill. I'm not sure why it is called this way.
Sun sets over San Francisco hills.
And here it is. The end of the Hyde street and the Alcatraz island.
First glance at the Golden Gate bridge.
By the time we came closer to the shore the sun has already set and it was almost completely dark.
Popular Fishermen Wharf. Bikers everywhere.
Beautiful view on the Golden Gate bridge after the sunset.
Such a beautiful view.
Another beautiful evening. A view from the popular Pier 39.
It's hard to see all the sea lions that are resting in the docs.
After having a great meal at Rock Cafe we headed back to our hotel.
By the way I've used Foursquare to check in at Rock Cafe and got a 15% discount. Nice.
By the end of the day we have walked 28.5 km. My personal best :)
The next morning we took a walk to have some breakfast. Checking local prices for the cars. Not that expensive.
Neat graffiti for car parking.
A boat car. Heading for the sea I suppose. :)
Such a beautiful beach. Ideal place for surfers and kiters.
After another conference day we decided to head straight for the beach at the Pacific ocean. My most favorite place in San Francisco.
As always windy and fresh.
I guess it's time to start learning kite surfing.
Surfers resting at the beach.
Paradise for surfers.
A great place to read a book or just enjoy the sunset.
So far my most favorite beach in the world.
Stunning view on the Pacific ocean from the Cliff House.
Here I am :)
And here is a place where Pacific Ocean enters the San Francisco bay.
Golden Gate bridge is located right behind the cliffs.
Cliff House. The best place to eat in San Francisco with the most beautiful view. And not as expensive as you would think.
Hard to say why those plane are flying so close.
And here is the Golden Gate bridge from the other side of the city. Like a real gates to San Francisco.
While we are waiting for our meal we can see that all surfers are gone and city is getting ready for another sunset.
And here it is. Pacific ocean sunset.
Best place to watch the sunset.
Sunset in San Francisco.
Another day has passed. Time to head back to our hotel.comments powered by Disqus