Thursday, June 13, 2019

The City by the Bay that Knows How

This post is made possible in part by my Patreon supporters. Thank you.

None of the named locations, or anyone for that matter other than my Patreon supporters, 
are paying me for this entry, and in no way have sponsored, endorsed, or have administered me to have written this post.

The City by the Bay that Knows How

Family brought me back west for a week, and I only had a single afternoon (more like less than six hours) to explore all of San Francisco. How does one spend such little time in such a grand and historic city? Well, you cannot, but that did not stop me from trying!

Bonus pre-day

While the week was full of work of moving my family into Sonoma Valley, we were able to take an afternoon to enjoy the natural beauty of northern coastal California. We took the stunning state highway (SR - State Route) 116 that travels along the Russian River, a river that runs through the valley, to its mouth at the Pacific Ocean at Goat Rock Beach.

Panorama of Goat Rock Beach

After spending a good afternoon at the beach, we went to nearby town of Jenner to eat dinner at River's End, a restaurant on a cliff-side that overlooks the mouth of the river.

Panorama of the Russian River flowing into the Pacific Ocean as viewed from the restaurant
Panorama of the Russian River flowing into the Pacific Ocean, separated by Goat Rock Beach. View from River's End restaurant.

Day at the City

My week ended with several hours able to spend exploring San Francisco. We drove south on the SR 101, which means that my first time in the city ever was introduced by driving over the Golden Gate Bridge. True to stereotypical San Franciscan fashion, the fog was so thick that we could not see the towers.

On the Golden Gate Bridge, facing south, with the south tower obscured by the fog
Fog is thicc
The first stop after crossing the bay was the famed Painted Ladies by Alamo Park.

The Painted Ladies
"What ever happened to predictability?"
From there, we drove down the crooked block of Lombard Street.

The crooked block of Lombard Street, looking upwards

After that, we decided to stop at Coit Tower. That was a great choice, as we were able to soak in amazing views of the skyline and the bay.

Alcatraz Island, as seen from Coit Tower, shrouded in San Franciscan fog
Alcatraz Island, as seen from Coit Tower

Onion domes of the ROCOR Holy Virgin CathedralWe parked a bit at the Financial District and walked around for a few minutes, and then went back to Russian Hill and the Richmond District and stopped at the Russian Holy Virgin Cathedral.

Iconostasis of the Holy Virgin Cathedral
Iconostasis of the Holy Virgin Cathedral

After a prayer service for the sick, we went to dinner at a Moroccan restaurant, El Mansour. Not realising that they also had belly dancers, we were surprised to have a dinner and entertainment.

Facade of El Mansour

Thus, my afternoon ended, and I was dropped off at the San Francisco International Airport to go back home.


As I stated above, I really did not have the time to explore for what this place deserves. Since my family now lives in the area, the likelihood of my return is high. And once I return, I will have a lot of the touristy stuff out of the way (minus things like visiting Alcatraz), and can explore more of the local scene. One thing is for sure, I look forward to this future exploration.

No comments:

Post a Comment