San Francisco 2016 [Photos]

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The city by the bay welcomed us with its clear blue skies and fairly warm weather. Driving from San Jose to San Francisco on the Interstate 280 was a great way to start the trip. When we pulled into the city, it reminded me of how diverse California is; the people, the neighborhoods, the languages, the cuisines, and the list goes on. San Francisco remains a cosmopolitan and diverse city and it exemplifies what California is. Of course, I’m still a Southern California loyalist and there has been a long-standing competition between SoCal and NorCal but who am I to say bad things about the bay area and NorCal when I myself was stunned by all its beauty and magnificence.

I wish we had more time in San Francisco and we will definitely come back. I’ve been here a few times before but this time, we were really in awe. The photos here do not even do the city’s true beauty justice. Check out these photos of the Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco Skyline, Coit Tower, Painted Ladies, photos from the streets of the city, and so much more!

The Golden Gate Bridge

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For 2-axles and motorcycles, a toll fee of $6.25 (FasTrak) or $7.25 cash is required to enter San Francisco from the other end (Sausalito side)

Golden Gate Bridge

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Ron and Jess San Francisco Skyline 1

Golden Gate Park – Strawberry Hill and boating at Stow Lake

At Stow Lake, you can rent rowboats for $20 and pedal boats for $25 per hour. There are also electric boats. A refundable deposit of $5 is necessary to rent the boats. Overall, not a bad way to spend an hour at a park. More information about Golden Gate Park.

Getting to Stow Lake is a little confusing when driving from the Golden Gate or the highway 1. You cannot make a left on certain streets and with traffic on a Sunday afternoon, it is impossible to switch lanes. Plan accordingly by checking Google or Bing maps for traffic overlays.

Lake

Ron and Jessica Boating 1

Lake 2

Lake 3

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Golden Gate Park 2

The Famous “Full House” Painted Ladies

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Some pretty houses by Alamo Square (below)

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Coit Tower and Telegraph Hill

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Lombard Street

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Palace of the Fine Arts

Palace of the Fine Arts

Some photos from the streets

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Street 1

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Dinner at Suppenküche

Suppenküche: 525 Laguna St. San Francisco, CA 94102 in the Hayes Valley neighborhood. Yumm!

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Jessica ordered Gegrillte Nürnberger Bratwurst mit Sauerkraut und Kartoffelbrei – Grilled Pork Sausage with Sauerkraut & Mashed Potatoes (below)

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Being a huge fan of the pig, I ordered the Wiener Schnitzel vom Schwein mit Bratkartoffeln und grünem Salat – Breaded and sauteed Porkloin with Roasted Potatoes & Green Salad. I substituted the potatoes for Spätzle. The green salad isn’t on this photo. (below)

Wienerschnitzel

We also saw Lombard Street (crooked street), Alamo Square, Golden Gate Park, A view of Fisherman’s Wharf, and various streets in the city.

We were only in San Francisco for one day but we were able to see a lot. Although I wish we could’ve tried some Chinese food at Chinatown; stroll a little bit at the Financial District; or sure, even go down to Fisherman’s Wharf.

On a side note: We personally did not want to go to Fisherman’s Wharf because: (1) We’ve been there before, (2) It’s very busy with tourists (although we are tourists ourselves), (3) We already planned on going to the Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey, California. As much as clam chowder sounded good at the time, we knew we were getting some in Monterey.

What is your favorite spot in San Francisco? Have you been to the city? Are you planning to visit soon? What are you most excited about? Please leave us a comment below!

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