San Francisco – Never the Same
San Francisco Spanish name for “ St Francis “ popularly known as Frisco , is located on the west coast of United Sates of America. Situated on more than 50 hills within city limits, San Francisco enjoys cool summer Fog & Moist –mild winters. This Summer I had lovely Vacation on the West Coast of USA. San Francisco being Highlight of my tour I share my experience of the city which many have fallen in love with. (I being one of them)
On 18 April 1906 a massive earthquake shook San Francisco in less than a minute and ignited several fire that burned city for 3days. Even today City survives on minor earthquakes occur on regular basis. There are more than 50 hills in city of San Francisco… Horse cars were used as mean of transport in 1800’s.
This was quite time consuming and required lot of maintenance. In 1873 Cable Cars were introduced. San Francisco Cable Car have remained a symbol of the city ever since. San Francisco is one of the few places in the world. Where people can ride on a national historic landmark. The cable cars are the world’s last manually operated cable car system, in the U.S. These historic vehicles are not self-powered; rather they move using a mechanism that grips cables that run beneath San Francisco’s streets. I was excited to ride Cable car which was always part of Picture Perfect “San Francisco Post Card”. After waiting in long Queue at Powell Street. We in group of 50 hopped on to the Cable Car. Our Indian Sardaji Cable Driver was very accommodative with space. We covered distance of 0.5 Mile in about 10 mins till Hyde Park. Hype Park Cable Car stops at top of Lombard Street.
WOW who must have not heard of World longest crookest Street -LOMBARD STREET. Having seen in numbers movies and now walking down the Lombard street walk way was dream come true. The crooked block is 600 feet (180 m) long, is one-way downhill and is paved with red bricks. Recommended driving speed is 8 Km/h.
Golden Gate Bridge – Easily identified by its international orange color is perhaps the most photographed Bridge in the world. More than 10 years went in planning and only 4 years in actual construction. Bridge was completed in 1937, until 1964, the longest suspension bridge main span in the world, at 4,200 feet. .As I close my eyes today, the moment of taking selfie, at windy view point of bridge pavilion refreshes me. Bridge connects San Francisco to Marin County. As I drove past the Bridge to Marin County, climate changed dramatically, and I could feel the Californian sun smiling at me. It was time to remove overcoats and enjoy Mexican lunch at the outdoor mall. With almost 260 days of sunshine California has very good options of outdoor malls. City of San Francisco does not stop here…
Suburban San Jose – is technocrat town with offices where loads of Indians have made their fortune. Stanford University provides best of education. My Writing this Blog brings me much Closer to City of San Francisco. I feel like not ending this blog here, but to continue with it yet again on my next visit to Sunny California some day.
Till then best wishes & Good health 🙂
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