SAN FRANCISCO

Finally, I had the chance to work on some of my US trip photos. I will first show San Francisco Bay Area since I am not done yet with LA.

So, let me start with one of the seven wonders of the modern world, and perhaps San Francisco’s most famous landmark. Crossing the strait of the Golden Gate from San Francisco to the Marin headlands for 2.7 km is the world-renowned Golden Gate Bridge, easily identified by its International Orange color. The Bridge is actually named for the Golden Gate Strait, the narrow entrance between the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay. It opened in 1937 and was, until 1964, the longest suspension bridge main span in the world, at 4,200 feet.

The Golden Gate Bridge, as seen from the Marin Headlands.

 The Golden Gate Bridge, as seen from the Marin Headlands.

The Golden Gate Bridge, as seen from China Beach.

The Golden Gate Bridge, as seen from China Beach.

The city also has the cable car lines that is considered a national historic landmark. San Francisco’s cable cars constitute the oldest and largest such system in permanent operation, and it is the only one to still operate in the traditional manner with manually operated cars running in street traffic.

A quick tour in one of the busiest destinations, the Fisherman’s Wharf and known for the location of Pier 39. This also provides me an almost clear view of the infamous prison island.

Alcatraz was the site of the first lighthouse in the Western United States but became a federal penitentiary from 1934-1963.

Alcatraz was the site of the first lighthouse in the Western United States but became a federal penitentiary from 1934-1963.

San Francisco is aiming to be a green city and also have the strictest building height limit and regulations in the country. One of the few skyscrapers in the city is the Transamerica Pyramid, built in 1972.

Transamerica Pyramid (853 ft)

Transamerica Pyramid (853 ft)

Part of the Golden Gate Park is the botanical garden where vibrant colors and scents decorates the space. I hiked up the Strawberry Hill and reached the highest point of the hill. There I was able to see the Golden Gate Bridge towers for the first time. Another attraction in the park is the North (Dutch) Windmill that stands tall at about 75 ft into the air, still a beautiful snapshot even without the tulips at this time of the year. Speaking of windmills, San Francisco also have Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre Pyramid at the Legion of Honor. A museum that houses mostly French and European art.

Speaking of arts, the Palace of Fine Arts cannot be keep off the list. It is the last standing structure from the 1915 Panama Pacific Expo. The detailed design from the reflecting lagoon to the weeping women at the top accents the Roman and Greek architecture beautifully.

The dramatic Palace of Fine Arts

The dramatic Palace of Fine Arts

Another interesting attraction is the Lombard Street. It is most famous for a steep, one-block section with eight sharp turns, said to be the most crooked street in the world. From it, one can have a nice view of the Coit Tower and the buildings along the straight section of the street. The Coit Tower (64 m) stands atop Telegraph Hill in San Francisco’s Pioneer Park was built in 1933.

When in San Francisco, you will be fascinated by the different designs of bridges that connects the East and West Bay. We went to Treasure Island to have a closer look of the Bay Bridge and the skyline. The San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge (built in 1936) is a complex of bridges spanning San Francisco Bay in California. As part of Interstate 80 and the direct road between San Francisco and Oakland, it carries about 240,000 vehicles a day on its two decks. It has one of the longest spans in the United States. The Self-Anchored Suspension Span, at 2,047 feet, is the world’s longest SAS and the signature element of the new East Span

Panoramic view of San Francisco skyline with the Bay bridge (L) and the Alcatraz (R), as seen from Treasure Island.

Panoramic view of San Francisco skyline with the Bay bridge (L) and the Alcatraz (R), as seen from Treasure Island.

The new East Span, photo taken inside the car.

The new East Span, photo taken inside the car.

I was also able to visit AT&T Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants, a baseball park located in the South Beach neighborhood of San Francisco.

Of course, I would not miss Napa Valley in my itinerary. Napa Valley is considered one of the premier wine regions in the world. Records of commercial wine production in the region date back to the nineteenth century, but premium wine production dates back only to the 1960s.

Other photos were few of my night shots and the historic landmark in the entertainment industry, the Orpheum Theater.

View of a nice sunset from the top of a Victorian house owned by my lovely friend, Therese.

View of a nice sunset from the top of a Victorian house owned by my lovely friend, Therese.

A quiet place to be, a panoramic view of the lake in Rancho Vallejo.

A quiet place to be, a panoramic view of the lake in Rancho Vallejo.

Panoramic view of San Francisco Bay and Skyline as seen from Twin Peaks.

Panoramic view of San Francisco Bay and skyline as seen from Twin Peaks.

Indeed, San Francisco is home to a little bit of everything! 🙂

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