As I mentioned in my previous post, I crossed the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco for the first time after midnight. Then I crossed the Bay Bridge into Oakland where my motel was located.
The next day, I set out to see some of the city before our conference started. I saw some houses, mostly in variations of Spanish Colonial Revival style.
In San Francisco, you can see rows and rows of houses when you look out in the distance, because of the hills the city is built upon.
I went to the Palace of the Fine Arts, which is home to the famous Exploratorium science museum.
I also saw the city hall, which was not far from our hotel for the conference.
With my school colleagues (who had flown in — they’re not crazy like me), I saw San Francisco’s famous Fisherman’s Wharf. We ate there, at two different restaurants, twice during our visit.
We saw the island of Alcatraz in the distance.
And, from the Fisherman’s Wharf, we saw the sun setting over the Golden Gate Bridge.
Apparently, Telegraph Hill is so named not due to the (electric) telegraph, but instead because there used to be a semaphore tower that would signal at a distance to the townspeople by different arm positions [far-away writing, i.e. a ‘telegraph’], about the ships coming in to port.
From the top of Telegraph Hill, you can see beautiful views of the city.
From Telegraph Hill, we drove down the “Crookedest Street in America”, a one-block section of San Francisco’s Lombard Street. Click that link to see a photo or read a description, as I didn’t take any pictures while driving Lombard Street 🙂
After the conference was over and my colleagues were on their way back to 115°-heat index Baltimore, I stayed in the Bay Area an extra day (it didn’t get above 75° my whole visit). I went to see Golden Gate Park that day, which you can see as the green area in the middle of this photo, down the steep hill from where I’m standing.
I saw a windmill and some turtles, and walked around about half the park.
More pictures from San Francisco can be found here. Next post: Yosemite National Park