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Touring San Francisco
We will divide today's page into two parts as we have lots of pictures to share.
Our next step was Lombard Street, in particular a one block section of this street where there are 8-switchbacks to make the 27% grade easier to drive. Sometimes known as the crookedest street in the world, the idea of making this change occurred in 1922. The picture above was taken as we started down the street with a few cars ahead of us and the picture below shows other cars making their way down the one way street.
Following this we drove into China Town, but because of traffic and limited parking. We did take a few pictures as we passed through this very interesting neighborhood.
We did stop at our next destination. Known as the "Painted Ladies" or "Postcard Row", these houses are across the street from Alamo Square Park and provide a great view of the city as well. Brian also mentioned that this row of houses was featured in the opening scenes of the television show, Full House.
Our final sight seeing destination was Fort Point, located near the south (San Francisco) side of the Golden Gate Bridge. This fort, completed just before the American Civil war, was designed to defend San Francisco Bay against hostile warships. The fort itself was closed as part of a retro-fit project on the Golden Gate but we were able to walk along the sea wall and view the Golden Gate Bridge.
We have had many great views of this bridge, but the underside provided a great view of the steel structure that supports it.
We finished the day with a late lunch at Liverpool Lil's.
The food was great and the atmosphere beyond compare.
We have had two and one half days to visit San Francisco and we must recognize Brian's great approach to showing us the sights and doing all the driving. We did not see everything the city had to offer, but he read his guests and provided a custom tour that we will long remember. We depart San Francisco in the morning, and have nothing but praise for our host.
And far be it to forget Gary who rode in the shot gun position. This was a family outing like we have never before had, thank you both!!
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