“The coldest winter I’ve ever seen was a summer in San Francisco”
Ok, let’s start with this: unless you are used to cold and bitter weather, please don’t forget to bring with you some warm stuff for you up & down visit to San Francisco.
Weather is usually fickle in SF changing from sunny to cloudy mostly in every part of the city, except for the Golden Gate Bridge.
Wake up early in the morning and go to the Golden Gate Park, the scenery will be leaving you speechless: a soft and huge wave of fog will surround its grand presence like a blanket, giving you one of the most iconic picture of your visit.
UNION SQUARE, ALAMO SQUARE AND THE CABLE CARS
These are some of the most iconic symbols of San Francisco.
Union Square, surrounded by a lot of glamour shops is the perfect place for shopping and relaxing.
ALAMO SQUARE AND THE PAINTED LADIES
Patience is a virtude, and you need a lot if you want a ride on the most famous transportation in SF, the Cable Cars.
You will have a scenic view of the streets of San Francisco, up and down the hills, on these famous trams. The line can be annoying but you are on holiday so take a ride have a stroll around and.. try to get the best spot on it.
“What the hell does that mean? huh? China is here, I don’t even know what the hell that means, all I know is this “Lo Pan” character comes out of thin air in the middle of a goddamn alley while his buddies are flying around on wires cutting everybody to shreds, and he just stands there waiting for me to drive my truck straight through him, with light coming out of his mouth!”
Jack Burton – Big Trouble in little China.
I have always been charmed by Chinatown, it is like travelling from one part of the world to the other in few steps. As soon as you pass the iconic dragon gate place at Bush St, Grant Ave everything changes.
Sounds, colors, flavors and the smells are different, and if you close your eyes sitting in a spot having a green tea, believe me it seems to be in a crowded Hutong in Beijing.
I suggest you to go early in the morning, before the huge crowd of tourists starts blocking the streets, when life begins: go around the markets full exotics fruits and spices, grab a warm Baozi (bun filled with amazing stuff), get lost in the small alleys and you have an experience you’ll never forget (and some good pics too).
Last but not the least: Food! Maybe here you’ll have the best Chinese food outside China, please keep some room for amazing dim sum!
For a pleasant walking and really tasty food the perfect place is absolutely the famous and always crowded Fisherman’s Wharf.
“You are entitled to food, clothing, shelter and medical attention. Anything else you get is a privilege.”
Alcatraz Rule Number 5
Exploring the legendary prison Alcatraz The Rock is absolutely an emotional and unforgettable experience that deserves to be done once in life.
A little History about the prison
“Break rules and you go to prison, break the prison rules and you go to Alcatraz.”
The Island is in the heart of San Francisco Bay and it has been used for a fort, a lighthouse, and a prison.
Alcatraz open as a federal penitentiary in 1934.
During its 29 years of activity there were 14 escape attempts that involved 36 prisoners.
The most famous was for sure the one called
The Great Escape
There were 3 prisoners involved:
Frank Morris and the Anglin’s Brothers
They started digging in the wall in may 1962, trying to enlarge the ventilation duct of the cells with a spoon.
In June 1962 Frank and the Anglin’s brothers reached the roof of the prison and then the beach without being seen and with the raft they started to build two years ago, they disappeared in the bay.
The very next day FBI started a real manhunt but with no results and in 1979, after 17 years of investigations without any trace the FBI closed the case.
Did they survive? Nobody knows…
Alcatraz has a lot of prisoners but just a handful were notorious like “Scarface” Capone, Doc Barker, Alvin “Creepy” Karpis, George “Machine Gun” and Robert Stroud aka “The Birdman of Alcatraz”.
Increasing maintenance and operating cost led U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy to close Alcatraz in 1963.
Prisoners were looked up in 4 meters single cells and if their behavior did not comply with the Alcatraz rules they were imprisoned in the underground cells without bed and cleaning.
This part of the prison is called THE HOLE
Visit this legendary prison is a really emotional experience, walking through its hallway, look inside the cells it’s a little creepy and it makes you shiver.
It’s for sure something you will never forget, a unique experience that deserves to be done, the fog around the Island that surrounds the San Francisco Bay makes everything even more suggestive and magical, the best moment to visit the Island is for sure at the sunset, so I suggest you to book the last escape cruise!
You can buy the tickets on the Alcatraz Cruise Website:
THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE
It’s a suspension bridge and the symbol of San Francisco
This bridge had been described as “possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed, bridge in the world.”
At the time of its opening in 1937, it was both the longest and the tallest suspension bridge in the world.
Little tips about where to sleep and where to eat.
Located in a prefect position right close to Union Square
Awesome location tasty and delicious food in this diner 50s style
So pack your bag and enjoy the amazing and surprising San Francisco!