San Francisco, golden gate, and more!

I feel that when I think of one of USA best travel destination it had to be San Francisco. I was lucky enough to be there in 2004, and it remains one of my goals to come back to this vibrant city by the bay and the golden gate bridge. I will need to find my pictures lol!!! So black and white reading it must be!

San Francisco is a city and county of the same name in the State of California, USA.  The mission was founded by the Spanish in 1776 in honor of St Francis of Assis or San Francisco.

I actually was there from France! bizarre when lived in the USA for 31 years never sought of going there, and then from far away there I was. Life is a beach! But glad was able to say I was there ::)

Many folks like me entered first by the SFO or San Francisco International Airport, when I went we rented a minivan for road travel.

The highways I 280 and I 80 as well as US 101 criss cross the town! However, ,of course walking even those hilly streets can be an adventure not to forget and never had.For buses ,cable car, tramway information the official site is :

My stay there was spent at the fabolous Hotel Nikko  at 222 Mason Street, Union Square very close to market str and the cable cars and up the Nob Hill to Fishermans Wharf and Pier 39 areas.Webpage:

One of the most to see in the city is the Golden Gate Park, extending from the Pacific Ocean along Ocean Beach to Stanyan Street. Another nice park is the Lincoln Park by the end of Ocean Beach and the Bay with the Palace of the Legion of Honor, an art museum. Over to the Presidio National Park that  leads to the Golden Gate Bridge. However, the best way to see the city is by the famous SF cable cars ,and they even have a museum.

One of the funny anecdote is that my collegues all French, took the minivan or monospace vehicule to try to reach Napa wine country; they did took about 5 hrs roundtrip but never went into any winery! Me ,I stayed behind in the city nice and easy sightseeing mostly on food or cable cars !

The Pier 39 with lots of stores and restos and my favorite Crab House at Pier 39,  as well as the Bay and Blue boat rides into Alcatraz. If you want to see the real thing and get on to Alcatraz ,this is the specialist althought I would choose Bay and Blue, second choice Alcatraz Cruises from Fisherman’s Wharfs.

The Ripléy’s Believe or Not museum great with many extraordinary displays , it seems I follow then wherever they are and the very nice Madame Tussauds Wax Museum both at Fishermans Wharf.

The Merchants Association of Fishermans Wharf has lots of info here:

You have the wonderful museum of the Legion of Honor, done in honoring Californians who fought in the wars at France, and today an arts museum; another interesting museum I like is the Exploratorium, where Science and Arts is fused, started by Frank Oppenheimer in 1969, and on a building from 1915. Another is the Museum of Modern Arts , the pompidou of the city, there since 1935.

Some other things to to see that I enjoyed were the Aquarium of the Bay, by the bay, near Embarcadero and Beach st.

There was time to do lots of shopping and bring back , and my favorite because its near the Financial district is Crocker Gallery .

To eat my favorites were Ghiraldelli Chocolates ,and coffee shop and dine especially in the evenings for a wonderful view of the bay at Bistro Boudin, another exciting place to be is The Cannery, the old Del Monte canning factory and since many years, the place to be for shops and restos in San Francisco. with Leila mediterranean cuisine resto (unfortunately this one is closed) , and  Johnnie Walker for those Californian wines!.

If you want to have a nice meal, great steaks,and be in movie history as it was here that Humphrey Bogart’s The Maltese Falcon was filmed then head for John’s Grill  you wont go wrong here ::) , and if you want your munchies and great pints, beer that is then head for Johnny Foleys’and since folks like me cant never be too far from a good French resto, then head for Cafe Bastille off Market and Kearny streets.

Walking I did a lot especially around Japantown (Post st)  and Chinatown (Washington and Powell) ,and Russian Hill areas. You can get a city pass good for all transport in cable cars, Muni transport system, and some of the places I have mentioned above. And finally, for a look back of where it all began ,see the Mission Dolores house, built upon city foundation in 1776, the oldest of course, and the only remaining of the 21 that Father Serra started then. It is at 3321 16th street and Dolores St.

The tourist office of San Francisco

There you go folks a brief overview of my week in San Francisco long ago! Hope you enjoy the post, the story and do visit San Francisco, California USA!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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