San Francisco is the city one falls in love with. The San Francisco bay area is surrounded from three sides by the pacific ocean which brings in the coldest summers i had ever witnessed . After an hour drive from the San Jose city i was able to see the skyscrapers line of the city . Crossing amidst the clouds the skyscrapers were standing strong and rigid without any top ( because of the dense cluster of clouds) . I could only think of the transcendent view people working on top must be having . yeaah!!! i didnt went on top of those skyscrapers ( not in my hands)
On one of the days my boss was off for a meeting and I had some time to kill. So I spent my time walking around the streets of San Francisco with no general target in mind. While I was initially interested in visiting MOMA, it turned out that the museum is undergoing some major renovation and was months away from opening up to the public again.
I spent three days in San Fran with a very easy itinerary . I am not a typical tourist and don't really like the check the box scene. My friend did a very good job of planning the 3 day trip.On day 1 we drove through HALF MOON BAY to finally reach the Golden gate. This must have been one of the most picturesque drives I have ever been through.From there on we went over to the Pier 39.Day 2 : Napa Valley and wine tasting. It was quite a treat to spend the whole day in the valley and go wine tasting until late evening. Day3 : Was spent on the 17 mile drive and the Pebble Beach .Our pit stop on the way back was Monterey bay . All in all a day well spent.
There were only two reasons why San Francisco ever featured in my itinerary, an old friend had told me once many many years ago that I must see how beautiful it could be and being a music lover I had heard the song, “If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair” by Scott McKenzie. And if you have heard this song I'm sure you are smiling, it's just a simple, soft song giving the warmest feel of the city.I slept through my flights to San Francisco and was going to be staying with a single mother and her daughter in SF. I had badgered Mary with multiple queries about Alcatraz and she had been very patient and honest with all her advice and descriptions. So I was expecting a professional lady to greet me on arrival. As I left the airport my shuttle was waiting; a good way to travel to and from most airports in USA is to use the shuttle services, they are pre booked a day in advance preferably and are very economical and safe.I had the cutest welcome by her daughter. She was probably 11 or 12 years old, had curly hair till her shoulders which were kept free and untamed and wore a pink tee with blue pyjamas and had the most warm, honest, gleeful smile. Her father was there too. A pretty grumpy man with hurry and disapproval on his face screaming out loud. But the daughter's absolute cuteness made it easy to ignore him as she showed me the facilities and things in the kitchen and even asked me if I needed coffee and the man just sat there looking at his watch and repetitively reminding her he was late, till she very assertively asked him to back off saying "I have a guest to take care of Dad, please wait" and smiled back at me confidently. I told her she could go and I'd take care of myself and watched her hop away while she kept talking about things to take care of... Mary was a very interesting woman and her house was eclectic in style with art pieces kept randomly all over. These pieces were not conventionally beautiful but raw and drew attention. Her walls were full of paintings of people and faces, now I won't call them masterpieces but there was definitely an intriguing story behind them, and I wanted to know. Mary came in later that evening and we caught up and she was the most strong and vulnerable woman I had ever met. In her pictures she looked lovely with her red hair but when I had met her she had chopped her hair very very short.Coco Chanel said "A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life" and Mary had recently been divorced after what seemed to be a traumatic marriage. Please know this; I am not a sexist nor am I a feminist, I just believe in people but perhaps am guilty of understanding women more easily than men and hence can project their stories better. She was clearly struggling in her life but had an air of pride protecting her carefully. Through our conversations she told me that after her divorce she had struggled with expression and then found paint and everything became easy step by step and she was still on her path of total recovery. Her life lay in her daughter and most of the paintings were of her in various moods and colours. Both of them would interact as almost adults and I must admit it was a bit strange to hear such a little girl voice out her 'opinions'. Mary kept asking for justification for them and the baby would think for a while and then substantiate each of her reactions or opinions with logic.
San Francisco is a different beast altogether. A much milder beast. A beast that will stop you on the road, either to say hello, or ask you for money, or offer you weed, or often, the last two together. But almost always, mostly harmless. The accent takes on a drawl, even in Chinatown, and the pace takes a backseat. But hey, the city was originally called Yerba Buena (the good herb, hmm I wonder what that means) so, well……no I don’t think it was basil but, pun intended, dope is it could have been a relative of mint (I’m serious here; one doesn’t jokes about with weed.)
San Francisco, a major metropolis in California, is one of the most visited cities in the world. The diversity this city has to offer is palpable. There is so much to discover beyond the sights well broadcasted to us. All it needs is your participation. From hilly terrain to bone chilling fog, to a fine lineup of scenic beauties, San Francisco never ceases to take your breath away. This eclectic city is self contained with its ethnic and cultural prosperity. It’s a charming piece of heaven with skyrocketing rents! A trip to West Coast can be somewhat expensive. But if you wish to capture more in a short time without ending up with an almost empty wallet, San Francisco is your place to be. Meager resources on hand already? You need not worry. Capture the best of San Francisco in a single day. Make the most of this ephemeral trip. Welcome to San Francisco!
Ever been to a city and faced a revelation that it might be just the perfect place for you? Well it happened to me.. when I visited the city of the Golden Gate... San Francisco!So when I had gone to visit a cousin on the West Coast, California welcomed me with all its warmth and beauty. While I toured around the city, the food that accompanied met me on every street was as amazing as was the tour on the Double-decker bus or the fun ride down Nob Hill on Cable Cars.And in mood for typical tourist-y acts, I couldn't stop myself from gazing around all those "city-attractions" that my cousin had enlisted for me. From being a peak of European serenity in its suburbs to the bustling of oriental essences in Chinatown, from the magnificient views of underwater aquariums at Fisherman's Wharf to the chilled out cafes in North Beach.. and to top it all of were the ageless everlasting heavenly view of the Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park, the City by the Bay was a unique travel experience mixed with a sense of belongingness that made me go back for more!
Have you ever visited a city with a golden bridge? Experienced a place with more than '50' points of interest? Have you ever traveled a tour with islands in the city? Crazy with art, museums, cultures and meeting multiple language speaking people at the spot? Want to expand your historical IQ? Are you a person who wants to remember an nature-filled experience of your lifetime? Want to seek great heights (buildings!) ? Then you have found your destination: San Francisco! Named after the Spanish colonists in 1776 ,who established a fort at the golden gate and a mission named for St. Francis of Assisi, which is a few miles away. This city is the headquarters for the world wide famous company ' Levi's' jeans, founded by Levi Strauss in 1853. I visited this city when I was very young and many times after as it has amazed me always! This city-cum-county, nicknamed as 'the city by the Bay' , is known for many exciting highlights. For the tourist convenience, there is an international airport in the city, and there is food available for people around the globe. People can accommodate from motel to hotel, according to their budget. The city is tourist-friendly. Your trip can even expand to 1 month ,if it fits your pocket! Basically, you can see much of the city by one week. Happy touring!
'San Francisco' - A city where history meets modernity. Right from the historical monumental architectures to the state of the art modern museums, the it has everything to offer and has many things to do in the San Francisco.
Even today we laugh about the time they saw the craziness of Vegas. They say it is a different dream world and I think Vegas has something for all age groups. This was our experience with parents and as I was sane whole time so I remember everything we did. Do not ask about my Vegas trips with friends… ssshhhh!