Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Ode a San Francisco

My application season is slowing down a little this week, so I'm taking the occasion to look at my old pictures and see how many wonderful things I have to write about. This year has been full of really unexpected things, and I will for sure remember it for the rest of my life. Here I want to record some of the impressions of the really good things that happened.. and since a lot of them has happened in San Francisco, I want to dedicate this post to this wonderful city. If I were a director, I would set a movie here. The landscapes are just unbeatable. So here are a few snapshots for you, my dear readers, from the non super-touristic places of the city. Imagine some nice music in the background while you start this tour.

We begin with the symbol of the city: the Golden Gate bridge, in all its beauty, from Baker beach. Brave people actually go for swims here. I just had a walk and enjoyed the beautiful landscape. If you look around, you can also find reasons to giggle a little... Baker's beach, close to the bridge in particular, is populated by people who don't like too many clothes on. :)
Here instead is the Palace of Fine Arts. It's a really nice area of the city, and the Exploratorium is there: amazing science museum full of hands-on activities that captivated me. I've actually learned a lot of things by playing around in the museum for a few hours, and managed to visit only about 1/4 of it. Definitely recommended to visit if you have time.

This is the Conservatory of Flowers, in the Golden Gate Park. Beautiful building. I still have to visit inside, I think it's going to be as wonderful as the outside.

And this is another beach, the French beach, close to Lincoln Park: looking west..
.. and East, another view of the bridge:
The fog is coming! This part of the city is almost always foggy.
This is the Thinker, a statue outside the Legion of Honor, another beautiful museum in this part of the city:
If you go on Sunday (at least in Summer time), you'll listen to a free organ lesson-concert. Well, this is my post for today. I will leave you with this last picture of SF by night. This shot is taken from the top of Twin Peaks. Notice the Bay Bridge, on the right side of the picture. It's so beautiful, both during the day and at night. The view at night from this hill is just amazing, my picture is just a very reduced part of it. Going up Twin Peaks is unbelievable: it's like suddenly going in the country side, and it's in the middle of San Francisco!
Obviously, there is a lot more to see of this wonderful city. I hope I captured your attention - I will try to write more about it soon.


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I'd love to visit San Francisco! It's such a pretty town..



Martissima said...

di san francisco ho un bellissimo ricordo, perchè è una bellissima città con aria europea e nonostante
sia grande la si gira facilmente in lungo e largo....unica pecca a cui non ero preparata....il clima, a luglio trovarci a 12 gradi ci ha messo in difficoltà, solo per poco...
ci ha pensato Westfield San Francisco Centre a darci subito la soluzione...ci tornerei volentieri
ti lascio il post che gli ho dedicato

Anonymous said...

Your pictures are gorgeous!

Simona Carini said...

Nice photos. Have you ever been to Fort Point? If not, it is worth a visit, especially towards sunset.

chemcookit said...

Thanks everybody for your comments! I'm glad you liked the pictures and if you want to see more, come visit!

Astrofiamante - yes, it's rather chilly, especially in summer time. :)

Simona - nope, not yet. Will put it on the list. :)

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