Grab your coat and a handful of glitter and enter the land of fog and fabulousness. This is a city that seems to have it all while still reinventing itself every day. With cranes rising all over downtown and an army of young tech workers, San Francisco is the place to be in 2017!
We decided to do a short one day trip and explore the city. The first thing that left us speechless was the mind-boggling waterfront views of the city as well as beautiful Victorian style homes.
Downtown San Francisco is practically a village of museums. The ever expanding, four-story SF MOMA, founded in 1935, overlooks the garden-like Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, where smaller performance spaces, as well as cinema and gallery spaces, exhibit contemporary works. Just west of Union Square is the small but impressive theatre district. Across town, in windswept Golden Gate Park, is the newly refurbished De Young Museum, a temple to the arts as well as Japanese Tea Garden.
If you happen to go downtown make your way to incredibly busy San Francisco's Chinatown. The SF Chinatown is the largest Chinatown outside of Asia as well as the oldest Chinatown in North America. It is one of the top tourist attractions and great place for some bargain shopping. Enter the Dragon Gates for access to another, redder and more-bustling world of shopping, tucked away between North Beach and Union Square Malls and brand stores. Ornate lampposts, pagoda roofs and a Bank of America that could just as well be in Shanghai highlight San Francisco's eclectic Chinatown is a place not to be missed. At every turn, candles burn and vivid silks grace the jam-packed window fronts, where import vendors sell nearly everything, including (but by no means limited to) carved Buddhas, paper parasols and regal mahogany furniture, perfect for exotic gifts or indulgent tourist fodder. Apothecaries abound, selling delicate green teas, rose-scented black teas and a variety of other ailment-banishing brews by the ounce. For a sweet surprise, the fragrant Fortune Cookie Factory tucked away on Ross Alley is an exciting find.
Getting around San Francisco is easy, whether travellers choose the city’s historic cable cars, its ferry system linking it to the rest of the Bay Area, or its modern and convenient Muni and BART bus and train systems.
As we were just passing by we opted for our own car which proved to be a little bit difficult as SF is not famous for the abundance of parking. If you opt to use your own vehicle be prepared to pay the price.
Stay tuned for more of our SF adventures coming up in the following days.
To be continued.....