SAN FRANCISCO, California
View of this wonderful town from the heights of the Twin Peaks.
Laura Palmer was not there, too bad.
A lot of wind, and chill, are perceptible, instead, a lot of them.
Mark Twain (thanks to member KEELO for remembering me the name), a famous writer, said that the coldest winter he ever experienced was a summer in San Francisco.
A bit exaggerated, in my opinion, but I've been there twice and it was veeery cold both the times.
This is the magnificent Nakatomi Plaza, the most relevant landmark of the downtown San Francisco, not counting the Golden Gate and maybe Alcatraz.
I like that building for its particular shape and most of all for the action movie Die Hard, filmed there, with one of my favourite actors, Bruce Willis.
The Nakatomi Plaza is also tall enough to be visible from every corner of the town.
I tried to be original, please believe me, I tried.
Not putting a picture of the Golden Gate even in a San Francisco OVerview! How original.
The best thing you may find in San Francisco is this mighty relic of the roaming thirties.
Enjoy it from the many vista points on the hill behind it, and don't forget your coat, delieve the famous writer's words if not mine. IT IS COLD UP THERE!!!!
A few days in Frisco before hitting the road down to LA.
These are all MUST-DOs: the Powell-Hyde Cable Car ride from the base of Powell Street through Union Square, Nob and Russian Hills.
By car queuing for 20 minutes before going down Lombard Street: the crookedest street in the world.
From there you can explore the Wharf, Pier 39 with lots of shops and restaurants and Ghiradelli Square.
Ghiradelli is the famous chocolate factory
Of course one cannot miss the notorious sea lions at the end of Pier 39 where you can sea far away the famous 'bad-reputated' Alcatraz-prison Island. Unfortunately I didn't have time to go there and visit the ROCK.
Union square where my hotel was the second time I visited Frisco. I stayed at the Westin Saint Francis Hotel
335 Powell Street at Geary Street
very conveniently located right in the city center.
Enjoy the cool & wonderful weather of SAN FRANCISCO. Aside from a neat layout of the city, San Francisco also boasts one of the largest Chinatown in North America, if not the world!
For Asians, where one can find rice for meals, it's a most wonderful city!
Fondest memory: San Francisco is the Californian city I visited most in the past few years as it has a compact & most convenient airport for transits to Toronto from Tokyo.
Pier 39 in San Francisco was one of the fun parts of the city that I went to. Not because of the Pier itself (it's very touristy here), but because of the seals. Hahaha, who could imagine so many seals in the harbour of San Francisco? I heard about it, but when you go here, you'll be amazed. Hahaha, it's unbelievable that all those seals go sunbathing in the harbour of San Francisco.
It's fun watching them for a while: see them fight over the best spot, just play around or lying lazy in the sun. And the noise they make is incredible.... oink, oink, oink, hahaha
Take a look at my San Francisco page for more photos and info.
When you're in San Francisco you can see the isolated Alcatraz Island lying in the Bay. It's just a mile and a quarter out of the coast. A boatride of about 20 minutes takes you to the island. I recommend you purchase your tickets well in advance, because it can be sold out as far as a week in advance!
The island started of as a fort in the 1850's. In 1934 it became a maximum security penitentiary. Numerous escapes were attempted, though there's no evidence that anyone ever made it through the icy, shark-infested waters to freedom. The prison was closed in 1964. After that it was taken over by a group of Native American protesters until 1971.
Now it is accessible to visitors, and it is well worth the visit!
More information :
Advance ticket sales are strongly recommended and are available by calling Blue & Gold Fleet at (415) 705-5555, or in person at their ticket booth at Pier 41, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco.
For more information : go to the website :
I thoroughly enjoyed the tour of the cellhouse. You get a headphone set that guides you through the prison. You hear stories of ex-prisoners and their wardens. Throughout the story you hear the sounds of the prison : prison doors slaming, sounds of plates in the mess hall and absolute silence in the isolation cell. Even now I can recall the tour and what it sounded like....awesome!
Take a look at my San Francisco page for more photos and info.
in san francisco u must go to pier 39 - u can take the ferry to alcatraz - nice
twin peaks (see al of the city...very nice)
take the 49 miles drive in SF - takes u to all of the main attractions in the city
golden gate and golden gate park
lumbard street - drive the part between hyde and levenworth
take a ride on one of the famouse cable cars there - but dont sit down stand and hold the polls - fun
u can one morning visit sousileto - nice town
go on a bike trip in s,f parks, and cross the golden gate bridge. go see the wine valley (napa). go to see fishersman warf.
go to los- angeles to see the universal studios, and venice beach.
there are more placess like- santa cruz, and the city of sausalito near san- francisco. you can go to gamble in the beautiful lake tahoe
did i forgot something- yes there's always thing's to see in california
There is a place where I love to go and see the sun set over San Francisco....The crnelias room, located in the tallest building on the financial district...allway full but most of the people have one drink and moves on so if you are willing to wait it is no usualy too long before a table opens.
Fondest memory: View from the Carnelias room and a menue of drinks...enjoy.
Go to San Francisco! This city is so diverse and unique that it's impossible to describe in this forum. You have to ride a cable car, skate through golden gate park, go to alcatraz, chinatown, fishermans wharf, pier 39, buy a fresh loaf of the famous sourdough bread and drink a bottle of wine by the beach. See lombard street (the crookedest street in the world)
Fondest memory: growing up here. there are too many memories to state a fondest, but I remember backpacking in Yosemite as a teenager and the bears came into our camp and took one of the kids food. They are not afraid of humans and you have to be careful. put your food in a sack and tie it off on a high tree limb.
The INN is called VILLA ROSA and the owner is a belgian lady: Mrs Annie Puetz. I was lucky as she was there at the time I checked if there were any rooms available. I talked french and as soon as I told Annie how I found her Inn, she showed few rooms - beautiful ones furnished with new-mexican style, explained the history of the INN and even gave a good discount!
There’s a small pool and free continental breakfast. There’s complimentary wine and cheese in the evening, along with port or sherry. Just a few steps away, is the waterfront, Stearns Wharf and the beach. Another plus: It’s about a block from the Amtrak station.
1. Harbor Restaurant 0.11 miles
2. The Original Be Bop Burgers Restaurant 0.16 miles
3. Original Enterprise Fish Company 0.22 miles
4. Bay Café & Fish Market 0.23 miles
5. Andria's Harborside 0.26 miles
6. Emilio's Ristorante & Bar 0.26 miles
7. The Brew House 0.30 miles
8. Café Vallarta 0.30 miles
9. Esau's Coffee Shop 0.38 miles
10. Thai Express 0.40 miles