Tag Archives: San Francisco

Hanging Out at Union Square

Drinking coffee and eating takeaway cake  in Union Square park was a good way to spend an afternoon. A better way would have been to shop in all the stores there, but I didn’t want to weep at my credit card bill when it came. Not that that hasn’t happened before.

Excuse us, Korean tourists, but it’s our turn to take a picture with the large heart.

We were supposed to eat at Cheesecake Factory but since it was gay pride weekend, there were a zillion more people than usual (so I’ve been told) and there was going to be at least an hour wait. So we just ordered a slice each and ate outside. There were so many cake choices and didn’t know which one to try! So I ordered what I usually do: red velvet cake. (What? Red velvet is the best!)

We went up to Macy’s to get a view of the park from up high. I tried not to look at the stuff because once I started browsing, I’d be unstoppable.

Since I’m pretty sure I’ll be back next year someday, I don’t feel too bad about not getting to shop. Also, I might be more of Haight Street material, hehe.

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Twin Peaks & The Crooked Street

Prior to my trip to San Francisco, I confess that I have derived all my knowledge about if from popular culture– ok fine, mostly from watching Charmed. There were no witches saving the city from demonic and supernatural infestation, but San Francisco was a city that had a lot going on. It was one of those places that I felt had everything.

The city was pretty interesting up close, but my cousin thought that the first thing I should do is see it all from way up at Twin Peaks.

The picture above does not give justice to how breathtaking the view was. It’s one of those times I regret my lack of talent in photography because I take in a view and it’s as stunning as hell, so I click away and my pictures turn out disappointing. It’s really frustrating! [/endrant]

It was the clearest of days and you can even see the Golden Gate Bridge on the horizon (click the photo to see it better).

It might have been one of those “Thank God I’m alive” moments for me. It was also one of those “What’s that building over there? What’s that? And that?” moments, hehe.

If there’s a next time for me, and I hope there is, I should walk up or bike to the peak to take in the entire area. And to bring a camera with a panoramic setting.

Next, we headed to Lombard Street a.k.a. “Crooked Street”. It’s crazy! Not only does it go in a zigzag, but it’s also a steep incline and the spaces between the zigs and the zags is pretty small. According to Wikipedia, it has eight sharp turns and it’s the most winding street in the world. Now that’s a pretty sexy road.

One-way road!

Houses line the side of the street and the owners must be pretty annoyed at all the tourists there everyday. The property values must be way high though, even if the owners do have to maneuver their cars through that crazy street everyday. And park. They have to do some pretty advanced-level parking.

Speaking of houses, this is my favorite house on Lombard Street:

Look at the bougainvillea covering up half that house!

The house also had some flushed peach roses planted on the ground.

We walked up and down the street– the sidewalk, mind you. Safety first!– for photo-taking purposes. There was nothing else to do here besides just that. My plans of having an action movie-type car chase was thwarted because we only had one car. Also, it was against the law. I did experience driving through Lombard at night, but on a different day (Well, not me, my cousin drove. I was just a passenger). Sadly, this is the best photo I have of that:

Next up: Union Square.