Hello friends! This week I had the chance to visit the beautiful city of San Francisco. San Francisco is a city where the culture thrives throughout its people and its history. The coast is surrounded by multiple islands and thrives with wildlife. The Golden Gate Bridge is a breathtaking structure as it towers above the Pacific waves. We traveled throughout the city over the past five days. San Francisco is known for its amazing Ghiradelli chocolate. As soon as you walk into the Ghiradelli store, you can smell the sweet aroma of the ingredients inside.
Visiting Fisherman’s Wharf, downtown San Francisco, was quite an experience! Seagulls soar through the sky as you smell the salty breeze billowing across the shoreline. Hundreds of sailboats are docked along the piers and stores line the sidewalks. There are a plethora of restaurants. They all looked so inviting that it was hard to choose a specific place to eat. We ended up eating at Aliaoto’s Restaurant, where I ate a perfect dish of chicken parmesan. After our delicious lunch at Aliaoto’s, we decided to take a cable car ride up through the streets of San Francisco. The hills were so steep, and it almost felt as if we were on a miniature rollercoaster! This was even more fun than the limousine service I used in Las Vegas! The cable car took us from the twisting Lombard Street to China town. We ended our cable car ride at Coit tower, where we caught a three hundred and sixty degree glimpse of San Fran.
The next day, we decided to rent bikes from “Blazing Saddles” and we were able to experience the true beauty of the area. Our biking adventure began at Fisherman’s Wharf and we continued to ride along the pathways near the shoreline. People were walking their dogs and playing catch with their families along the beaches. As we rode closer to the Golden Gate Bridge, we came across Crissy Field, which was a former U.S. Army airfield. Windsocks rustled in the air as we pedaled throughout the field. As we approached the Golden Gate Bridge, we witnessed a few surfers with wet suits near the rocks. The swell was perfect to catch a few amazing waves. We managed to ride up the hill leading to the bridge’s entrance. The bridge was full of locals and tourists who crowded the biking and walking lanes. It was important to capture a photo of the bridge and its surroundings…after all it is what San Francisco is known for.
Our journey continued on the other side of the bridge, where we had to control our bikes by constantly breaking as we sped down the steep hillsides. We continued to bike into Sausalito, where wetlands and hillsides met sailboats and seaplanes. Boutiques and restaurants in this town offered a one of a kind shopping and dining experience. We continued to ride through Muir Woods, which is known for their red wood trees. Muir Woods is known for providing a background for famous movies such as Star Wars and E.T.! We managed to catch a ferry back and sailed underneath the bridge, as well as two miles from Alcatraz. Our trip ended at Pier 39, where sea lions dozed off on man-made floating platforms. San Francisco truly offered a unique and exciting traveling experience. –Until next time!