San Francisco, the City by the Bay, Fog City, the Paris of the West, Everybody’s Favourite City. No matter what you call it Frisco is the best city I’ve ever been to.
Highlights for me over the past four days have been watching the sunset from an awesome rooftop location, hiring a bike and riding from downtown over the Golden Gate bridge, the novelty of the steep streets, a locals tour of the city, visiting movie sets like Mrs Doubtfire’s house, going to a baseball game, and visiting Alcatraz.
Here’s an interesting fact too. The Chinatown district here is the oldest in North America dating back to 1848 and also has the largest Chinese community in the world outside of Asia.
Sitting up here at sunset it felt like I was in a movie set. Like a Jason Statham film and he’s either sitting here at the end of the film reflecting on all the carnage he’s inflicted or he’s lining up a sniper shot through one of those many windows.
There’s no better way to see the bridge than riding over it. Those long swooping cables that run from the tops of the towers are huge.
Then there were the steep streets. They certainly make for some weird and wonderful perspectives with all these angles. It’s a photographers dream, and walking around I did see a lot of enthusiasts with their big lens cameras finding just the right spot. A big congregation is always hovering around Lombard Street. It’s one of the city’s most popular attractions. The street was too steep for a straight road so for practicality a road with eight bends was constructed.
Filmmakers love San Francisco and why wouldn’t they? By filming here they get a lovely backdrop that makes any movie look better and with so many iconic locations in one place. I had some fun tracking down Mrs Doubtfire’s house and even though I’d never seen Full House we visited the beautiful Alamo Square and saw the “painted ladies”.
Next up was a visit to the world famous Alcatraz. Just a casual 16 million people visit the island each year!
They have a really great hour long audio tour where you get headphones and are guided around the prison. It works brilliantly because they’re just too many people for guided tours to work. As Kelly said “It’s like a silent disco” with everyone moving round and not talking.
The views from the island are awesome too. You can see the city, the bay bridge and the golden gate bridge. We were lucky to have a beautiful day.
I’ve also updated my USA photos.