Is it the most "european" city of the USA?
If so it must be english with all the humidity and fog we met there in August.
And cold! It's a pity, because the city is really magnificent.
The connection to the sea, the conflicts between the straight streets and the hilly place, the several and different quarters, the bay, Alcatraz, everything has something in common with our American references and memories built by movies.
Not to be missed!
The Image of San Francisco
Everybody knows this bridge, but for a Portuguese is... "I think I've seen it before".
And that's because the bridge has a twin in Lisbon. I know, that this one is a little bigger and older, and the technical problems are always stronger in first model than in second one, and the rough sea is a challenge that Lisbon doesn't face. So... not too impressed, but... respectful. (Allow me one confession: the three days I spent in San Francisco, each time I looked at the bridge, made me appreciate more the light of Lisbon.
Quite a difference...)
Golden Gate Park
If "our" August was not so cold, and if Fernanda was not so indisposed, we would have appreciated more this heavenly park.
It must be nice for locals to have such a relaxing area (in hot days...).
Address: Area bounded by Lincoln, Fulton, Stanyan.
Directions: Between Great Highway, Lincoln Way, Stanyan St. and Fulton St.
A Very Subjective Attraction
If you read stories about Alcatraz and its prisoners, or saw some movies about it, then the visit is very interesting for the revival of your memories.
If as it happened to Fernanda, you never paid to much attention to its references and go there expecting something really appealing, then you will be disappointed.
Of course, the audio tour creates a good ambiance, of course the trip in the bay is positive, but thinking on the price you pay and the long lines to take the boat, maybe you'd try something else
There are at least two jokes in Portugal about the size of things in the USA:
One says that in the USA everything is so big that even the small things are big.
The other says that the streets are so large that even to cross them we have to take the car.
Can you imagine why did Lombard street remind me those jokes?
Address: Lombard Street. Descent begins at Hyde Street.
Reversing tram's direction
Strange and Big
We forgot the flower
We really did it. We went to Ashbury-Heights, and, despite all the musical warnings that we listened to in Portugal, we forgot to wear a flower in our heads. Sorry! And we did feel bad, because, the feeling is still there (not the flowers!). Too much youth, lots of irreverence, and a different town in town. Maybe it is not your world, as it is not mine; but you should go there to see the contrasts that enrich San Francisco.
Address: Haight Street from Stanyan to Lyons
Who saw one Chinatown in America has seen them all.
I saw many, but this one was my favorite. Small, clean, nice smell (well... not so bad!), some beautiful buildings, and as expected, Chinese goods at almost Chinese prices. Furthermore, as we met winter in August being prepared for summer, a Chinese coat was welcome.
Address: Bordered by Broadway, Bush, Kearny, Stockton sts.
Directions: Ornamental gate at Grant and Bush intersection.
A Gothic church in USA!
Am I dreaming?Of course not. It's just one more sight of American complex for the lack of history, using their wealth and technology to reproduce the signs of European history. Finished in 1964 it's announced as one of the biggest churches in USA. Anyway, it was an opportunity for some modern artists to apply their skills and became an acceptable visitable point.
Address: Area surrounding California Street at Taylor
Thousands of people in Portugal discuss the best way to promote tourism in our country.
Well, sometimes it just a question of luck, as in San Francisco. The sea lions decided to invade pier 39, and locals only needed to accept them to have another unused attraction. So, while the discussion continues, the lottery (or a candle in Fatima for the religious people) may help, but for the moment, only one message: If a lot of animals invade any Portuguese space, before acting, think at San Francisco's example: Extermination is not always the answer.
Address: The Embarcadero at Beach Street
Muir woods park
No, Fernanda is not a midget.
No, we have no inferiority complex. No.
The truth is that the tree is really very big. They say it's redwood, the only tree higher than giant sequoia.
Having been there, a few kilometers after passing Golden Gate, I have no doubt. And I do recommend the park
Address: Mill Valley, Marin County