By the bay in San Francisco (Part 3)
The Golden Gate Bridge is an icon of San Francisco. It is a must-visit for every 1st time tourist who visits San Francisco. According to the Frommers travel guide, the Golden Gate Bridge is ‘possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed, bridge in the world.’ I must say i do agree on this one 😉
Just a bit of background if you’re interested – the Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the opening of the San Francisco Bay into the Pacific Ocean. The structure links the city of San Francisco, on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula, to Marin County. You can read more about the Golden Gate Bridge here.
Lombard Street – this is another well-known tourist attraction. It is a east-west street in San Francisco, famous for having a steep, one-block section that consists of 8 tight hair-pin turns. It was indeed a challenge driving down that street. Even my husband who is a seasoned driver was more than cautious ;p I do feel for the residents living in that area though. As you can see, there are several houses and apartments in that area. And having throngs of tourists loiter around all day taking pictures is not something i myself would welcome. You can read more about Lombard Street here.
And finally, the last place we visited before we left San Francisco was the Castro. Castro is the United States’ first and best-known neighborhood belonging to the gay community. It is also currently the largest. Transformed from a working-class neighborhood through the 1960s and 70s, the Castro remains a symbol and source of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activism and events. You can read more about the Castro here.
It was also here at the Castro that our car got towed away. We had no idea! We had lunch, were walking around taking pictures and videos. Then we walked back to the car, and realized (to our horror!) that the car was missing. We figured it got towed so we called the car rental company to help. We had to pay US$439 just to get it released, and was also slapped with a US$75 fine. Can you imagine how my heart broke when we had to pay that kind of money? We realized much later that parking was not allowed there between 3-6pm. If you are driving in the US, please make sure you read ALL the signs, because there are many. And we even happily poured coins into the meter to pay for parking. Oh well, a really expensive lesson learnt.
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