I regret not spending more time in San Francisco. Unfortunately I did not have enough of holiday days to be able to stay for longer. I would recommend to spend at least 5 days in the city, or 6 if you want to do Yosemite National Park (as shown in the previous posts).
On the last day in SF I rented a bike and decided to bike the bridge! Driving downtown through the forest of skyscrapers and passing all the cars and buses by was a bit of a wow for me! I am glad I wasn’t the lonely cyclist so I just followed others.
Getting closer to the iconic Golden Gate Bridge was an experience in itself. It’s a wonderful construction. There might be bigger and longer bridges now, but this will remain the most recognizable bridge in the world. And it is my favorite!
In the afternoon I tramped around the city exploring it the best possible way. Although you need to be mindful that some shape is required to walk up and down the hills.
- TIP: There was a discount I was given by my hostel and the 1 day rental was around 20 dollars. They offered an insurance but I decided not to take it. Nothing happened but it is recommended to take it for the peace of mind. You do not want to turn your holiday into a nightmare. Although be mindful that the insurance is a substantial income for the rental agencies so try to be alert of unrealistic prices. Don’t get scammed!
Lets go for a bike now. Biking downtown San Francisco might look like fun but it was super scary! At least for the first 20 mins until I got more confident and started to bypass cars and busses (!)
Watch out for pedestrians! They are plenty. I wore a t-shirt there? What’s up people!
Just around the corner…
Lets bike the bridge!
Lets bike the bridge underneath!
All in one! The Golden Gate Bridge Alcatraz (to the far left) and the city in the background.
… be sure to wear some flowers in your hair!
The coast itself is amazing…!
I c u! Local inhabitants.
Lets get up the hill to see the bridge from above.
Yes. The ship made it under the bridge if anybody asked.
Time to ride back. I dont think this was safe considering the speed I drove down the road… anyway..
Got to the port where I took a ferry back to SF. You can see some very poor houses in Sausalito. By the way, I was told that you are not considered rich in San Francisco if you do not have more than 5 million $. Oh well.
View from the bay. It can never get boring can it?
Back to the land. Sea lions getting dry in the harbour. They look cute but they dont sound cute. They actually sound like real lions! Hence the name. I guess. Someone said its their hideaway from the sharks in the bay! A gossip apparently.
Hanging around the city. The town hall.
Some hills were seriously steep…
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre. Its monumental!
Some postcard views.
Guess some people dont care about back problems lol. Not just yet.
More friends met on the way! Just around the corner, from Manchester.
The next part of the journey was on feet and… a cable car! Manual cable car turnaround. Seems kinda heavy..
Anywhoooooo! On the ride
Up and down the hill on the tram!
On the cable car downtown
Off to the Hippie land!
It’s getting dark now. Lombard street. Its actually more recognizable from the other side.
I know at least 1 person that would love to do some shopping there. Or at least watch it.
Its unbelievably sad how many homeless people live on the streets of SF. A rich city made people poor. But lack of social care is a major problem in USA. Especially on the west coast.
Halloween in coming…(!!!)
Time to head off for another great city. But before…A perspective. And time to leave SF. Its an amazing city well worth visiting. But if anybody thought of moving in here be aware the 5mil $ treshold wasnt a joke. Monthly rental for 1 bed apartament starts at 3k $ up. People dont only share rooms. They share beds (day and night shifts). So go figure…
This is the reminder of the old bridge that was destroyed in the earthquake in 1989. The demolition process has been going for some time.
A bit of a distance!
This looked like a movie setting. And I even saw few round bush rolling.
Hills of California. This is how SF would look if not built up.
A baby twister!
I bet they filmed some of the Star Wars scenes there!!!
Getting closer to LA. The street gets wide. Very wide lol. 7 or 8 lanes?