Where: San Francisco, U. S. A.
When: Sometime ago. Circa November 2012
This American city needs no introduction. It is most likely one of the top ten most popular cities in the United States. Many thanks to the famous Golden Gate (which is actually rust, or to be precise, international orange, in color) and the infamous Alcatraz who’s got its fair share of interesting Google entries.
If one only has a day to explore this wonderful city, one should take the hop on/ hop off bus, which I did. I actually had two days to spend there. But the second day was reserved for shopping and a well-deserved “chillaxing.”
In advance, I would like to ask for forgiveness for my “angry bird” eye brows. We, ladies, go through that phase, don’t we? Also forgive me for my godawful outfit combination. They were too bright they hurt my eyes too by looking at them. I must have been thinking of rainbows and unicorns while packing my stuff.
Meanwhile, we got on at SanFo Airport Train Station.
Got off at Powell Street Station. There is a huge Forever 21 store infront of it. One of my ladies went inside and simply disappeared. Tsktsk.
Downtown SanFo where the best shopping stores are.
Hop On-Hop Off Bus tour costs around 35 US$. If you are short of time and want to explore the city, the best way to do it is via a Hop On-Hop Off Double-Decker Bus tour. It takes you around to the most important tourists pit stops with the least hassle, with additional sites informations and also the best view.
My Arab conection from Egypt and Jordan.
The SanFo skyscraper begins.
Oooopssss….The red light district does not time discriminate.
The famous Saints Peter and Paul School, where O. J. Simpson studied as a kid.
The more famous Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral where Joe DiMaggio married his first wife and where he also posed with Marilyn Monroe after they wed at the SanFo City Hall.
Even when the couple divorced nine months later, Joe had ordered for fresh flowers delivered to her grave for twenty years.
Dropped by at the Fisherman’s Wharf. You may also rent a bike from here and cycle all the way to the Golden Gate bridge.
The Disneyland cruise ship dropping by too.
Not your ordinary skyscraper.
Guarded 24/7 by three creatures. Creeps.
Another interesting building with a story to tell. This is a building that was dedicated by a woman to the Firemen of San Francisco after they saved her from a burning house.
It was a hot day. 🙂
The flying books between the telephone wires caught my eye.
The world-famous Condor Night Club. It introduced to the world the first topless and bottomless stripteasing in the year of…what do you know…1969. 🙂
Just passed by the Lombard Street.
My perfect capture of the Alcatraz. 🙂
Ladies, what are you looking at?
The thick fog means we were almost near the bridge.
A place of love and tragedy.
As of press time, the number of suicides in the bridge totaled to almost two thousand. Most of them were caused by a broken heart.
It felt like a scene out of a zombie movie. The Golden Gate bridge amazed me, visible or not.
The view at the other end.
The most popular lookout and photo opportunity point.
The Golden Gate was a little shy today.
It is okay. Standing in your presence proved to be enough to me.
Words of love left behind for the sky to see and for the winds to listen to.
Thinking of you too.
Me and my girls.
…Because I cannot get enough of you.
Everywhere was fog.
Back to the bridge. I’ll see you again, Red Lady.
Under the bridge.
A welcome of rain.
Back to the downtown.
The last leaves of fall.
Up ahead is the most crooked street in the world–the Lombard Street.
Where I usually eat when in the USA. Where else?
My first letter to Santa at MACY’S!
Just an interesting trivia about Macy’s. Did you know that the two old couple in Titanic who died together in their bed was based on the deaths of the owners of Macy’s?
“Isidor and Ida Straus, co-owners of Macy’s, were on the Titanic. They were seen standing near Lifeboat No. 8 in the company of their maid, Ellen Bird. While the officer in charge of the lifeboat was willing to allow them a spot, Isidor Straus refused to go so long as there were women and children still remaining on the ship. His wife refused to go because he refused to go. She said, “We have lived together for many years. Where you go, I go.” And they both went down with the Titanic.
Their story struck a chord with many. In fact, the creators of the movie Titanic even subtly tipped their hats to them. They were the old couple in the movie who went to sleep as the ship went down. A cenotaph at the Straus Mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx is dedicated to Isidor and Ida together. Its inscription reads: “Many waters cannot quench love – neither can the floods drown it.”
Done! Time to say good night. 🙂
That was a day well spent, I must say.
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