Tuesday, April 25, 2006
It's San Francisco, Baby !!! no.15 !!

The Golden Gate Bridge!!! fotos do the talkin!! and u ppl better not expect any of those pics of the bridge that u can see just anywhere!!

Best place to go to check out the view is the Fisherman's Wharf where u can get horse drawn carriages and pedicabs to roam around in luxury.

Crissy Field which according to the area's site is "100 acres of wild, windswept shoreline are a favorite place for walkers, joggers, boardsailors, bicyclists, thousands of birds and the occasional seal". when can something like this happen for our very own borivli national park ?? it needs a web site too .. but more than anything else .. it -like any other indian institution- needs un-corrupt ppl working there!!

For great views u must check out the Coit Tower and Corona Heights. San Francisco has all kinds of museums from the
Center for the Arts at Yerba Buena Gardens, to the kid-friendly Cartoon Art Museum, to the fabulous San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where you'll find the work of Ansel Adams - the God of photography.

The other side of the Golden Gate Bridge, the town of Sausalito merits a visit for its waterfront views and the beautiful Giant Redwood trees one of which is 252 feet tall and one 14 feet wide. Most of these trees range in age of 800-1000 years old!

Oakland is on the other side of the Bay Bridge. Check out the First and Last Chance Saloon which has a ceilingful of nautical and pioneer tchotchkes, this landmark is specially important cos of the sloping floor which was caused by the earthquake of 1906.

You must visit Alcatraz Island which offers a close look at an infamous prison. you can actually check out the cells and stuff (thats where Al Capone was imprisoned!!) .. even the jails there have their own sites !!

Compared to the 5 ppl who read this (other than anand of course) im quite the wine connoisseur. And so i know that while everybody raves about Napa valley .. the real stuff is in Sonoma valley .. which has many vineyards and is less "touristy".

Then there is Haight Street where the whole concept of free love was preached and practised in the flower power 60s.. u can still find pot very easily here !! And then there is the most crookedest street in the world which twists and turns at every step .. here is the Lombard!!

There are many things which make SF better than many other cities (excepting Bombay of course) -- ex. Each year San Francisco celebrates St. Stupid's day.

A place that seems to combine shopping and eating (my 2 passions) is the Ferry Building which is a marketplace with several farmer's markets, great food shops, and eating places. u also get funny and really obscure knick knacks around fisherman's wharf ...

As far as the food is concerned .. everywhere i researched for this city i found some reference to the Dundeness Crabs ... so here they .. veggie friends plz dont get offended cos i get easily yummed by non-veg treats :) .. hey andoo ... dont it look yummmmmmm??
posted by Ipshi @ 6:45 PM  
11 Comments:
  • At Tue May 02, 12:45:00 PM, Anonymous Anusha said…

    San Francisco does sound like a great place to visit. Whoever visits it comes back with fond memories. My dad loved the tram rides and the hilly, picturesque roads.

    I want to visit this place!

     
  • At Tue May 02, 12:56:00 PM, Anonymous Anusha said…

    Hey, forgot to mention, celebrating St. Stupids day is a brilliant idea. Note, stupidity is relative. If it weren't for stupid people, we'd never appreciate intelligence.

    And ya, that's a very true blue Mumbaikar talking, about Bombay being on top of the heap. Any Delhites, rest of the world ppl wanna comment on that? :)

     
  • At Tue May 02, 03:52:00 PM, Blogger reona said…

    Hi!
    Wow!
    I want to go to Alcatraz Island !!
    San Francisco is one of the place I want to go to.

    May I put the url of your blog on my blog?

     
  • At Tue May 02, 05:11:00 PM, Blogger Ipshi said…

    oooo im makin new friends through my blog .. this is soo grrrrrrrreat

     
  • At Tue May 02, 06:42:00 PM, Anonymous Smita said…

    where do u get such nice pics!!!!!! and a nice write up too.....i wanna visit san franciscoooooo :-))

     
  • At Wed May 03, 11:10:00 AM, Blogger Ipshi said…

    there is a helluva looot of searching involved ... thats y the time between 2 blogs :)

     
  • At Wed May 03, 11:31:00 AM, Blogger eisha said…

    hey buddy
    nice pics, specially the one with bridge and clouds!
    so sorry for not commenting on ur blog lately :( been very busy with that mind numbing job.

     
  • At Wed May 03, 08:00:00 PM, Anonymous anand said…

    Very picturesque post, i must say.. (couldn't see all the images on the phone!) The bridge seems to be floating in the clouds.. Also i like the way you've used diferent fonts styles to highlight important facts!

    Borivali National Park is about 110 sq.km. (that's just merely some 27100 acres) so what you expect, will happen sometime soon! The giant Redwood trees however reminded me of the ninth std Geography lessons.

    Thank God! our jails dont have websites.. imagine the numerous possibilities it could open up for the master minds, apart from the fact that these sites would be as poorly managed as the cellars themselves!
    The "Ten Reasons why.." link was an interesting one! And the crooked streets at Haight Street can easily be explained for; after all the gage, its easier to gauge a crooked road as a straight one! ;)

    Im already inebriated at the mention of vineyards and droolong at the very 'site' of the crab delicacy.. non-veg rocks! Hmmm.. it already feels like im walking on that cloud kissed bridge & im sure i'll find you somewhere close by!!

     
  • At Thu May 04, 09:52:00 AM, Blogger Ipshi said…

    ull find me somewhere closeby bole to?????? wont u hav gone wit me only till there ?????

     
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