Before creating this page, I immediately thought, “I will not do the city of San Francisco justice…” There are so many great landmarks attractions and history associated with the City by the Bay and what follows is only a scratch on the surface.
In April of 2014, I had been living in Los Angeles for about four and a half months and was just being a workaholic. I was working a 6 day work week at my side-job in Burbank ,CA, and one day, my manager finally had to tell me, “if you ever want to request a day off let me know.” I finally gave myself a break. I took an extra day off in early April, and quickly threw a San Francisco weekend together. I booked a room at the Herbert Hotel, which is just down the street from Union Square. I grabbed a ticket on the MegaBus. (MegaBus is the way to go, by the way: free time to sleep and no worrying about parking.) Lastly and most importantly, I contacted a few friends whom were thankfully in town and willing to hang out.
Of course, I brought my camera and between hangouts with friends, I just wandered the city and captured things. I spent two afternoons in this "wandering mode" and I don't remember the exact route I travelled, but I made stops at the City Hall, Fisherman's Wharf, Alamo Square, the Yerba Buena Gardens, and of course the Golden Gate Bridge.
When I was at the Golden Gate Bridge, I made a visit to the historic Civil War fortress, Fort Point. If you're ever there, it's worth the very short walk to get there. The fort is situated underneath the southern connection or landfall of the Golden Gate Bridge...like literally underneath it. While at Fort Point, you get very close to the bridge's support beams. The old architecture student in me very much enjoyed the view. The scale of the bridge is pretty remarkable.
Lastly, I enjoy photographing statues and sculptures and in the middle of the slideshow you'll notice a few photographs of Ruth Asawa's San Francisco Fountain. It has been sitting outside of the Grand Hyatt San Francisco Hotel since 1970 and it is crafted as a series of bas-relief scenes that are meant to tell the history of San Francisco. Needless to say, it was fascinating: