Another weekend, another brief trip to the
best West Coast. This time I was there for one of my best friend’s weddings and had a bit more free time to explore the sights, sounds, and flavors of the Bay Area as opposed to my quick visit to San Francisco last Spring.
On Friday morning before bachelor party festivities ensued, I took the BART from downtown Berkeley where I was staying to SoMa in San Francisco, then made the two hour walk to the Golden Gate Bridge.
As expected, the weather was gorgeous and there’s a quiet (almost eerily so) quality to SF that I’m not used to as someone coming from NYC.
Along the way I stumbled across the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre which I came to learn was built in the first quarter of the 20th century to solidify San Francisco’s reputation as an international city.
There weren’t any events going on at the time of my visit, but the architecture was impressive and there was something charming about the fact that, from my perspective, it seemed to rise up out of the middle of nowhere.
Finally I made it to the water and it couldn’t have been a nicer day to view the bridge in all its cloaked-in-fog glory. The blues of the sky and the bay seemed to blend nicely with everything else around and it was tough to stop taking photos from every angle I could find as I moved closer to the base of the SF-side tower.
I’ll need to spend more time there for my next visit and be sure to get in some hiking on the North side of the bridge where the rolling hills in the national park area provide some great elevated views of the bay and San Francisco proper!