Travel Diaries: Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco

FISHERMAN’S WHARF in San Francisco is a charming tourist enclave located way north of the Bay Area. Founded in the 1800s by Italian fishermen, the place retains many traditional seafood restaurants, along with attractions such as an aquarium and several museums. Parking is a bitch and expensive, so I’d recommend taking the public transport. Buses and tram services stop here regularly. It was early evening … Continue reading Travel Diaries: Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco

Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco

Standing on a hill in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, I look down to the foggy grey sea and think about how pretty everything is. It’s easy to forget that this green city sits on a notorious fault line.. and that all the neat museums, well-paved roads, beautiful trees and houses can all be uprooted in mere seconds. Even so, there’s something about San Fran … Continue reading Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco

Japanese Garden, Golden Gate Park San Francisco

You don’t have to fly to the Land of the Rising Sun to experience Zen in a Japanese tea garden – you can get that right in the heart of San Francisco! Located within the Golden Gate Park, the Hagiwara Japanese Tea Garden was founded by Makoto Hagiwara, a Japanese immigrant and gardener. After the Pearl Harbour bombing, Hagiwara and his family were relocated elsewhere … Continue reading Japanese Garden, Golden Gate Park San Francisco

Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco

I never liked getting flowers, because I hate the idea of wasting money for a bunch of blooms that will wilt in a couple of days. I’d much prefer going to a park or garden where you can see them in their natural state. 🙂 Our next stop in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park is the Conservatory of Flowers.The oldest building in the park, it … Continue reading Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco

Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park San Francisco

IT was late afternoon after our visit to the California Academy of Sciences, but a little too early for dinner. E and I decided to hang out a bit at the Music Concourse, a large, open air plaza located just across the street. Built in 1894, the place has lots of shrubby trees and a bandstand where many prominent musicians and bands have played before. … Continue reading Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park San Francisco

California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

To start off the day, here’s a fluffy fat cat. 🙂 His name is Apu Jukkai. Look at that majestic white beard and white socks awww. So here we are again in San Francisco! I was glad that we got to visit and take a complete picture of the Golden Gate Bridge the day before, because on our second day, most of the structure disappeared … Continue reading California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

Cherry Blossom Festival @ Japantown, San Francisco

So I’ve been in San Francisco for a grand total of one day – and I’m already loving it way more than LA (no offense, LA folks!). I like the beautiful architecture: both old and new all rolled into one; as well as its hole-in-the-wall hipster cafes, museums and science centres, glitzy shopping districts and colourful trams. The place is very hilly with steep roads, … Continue reading Cherry Blossom Festival @ Japantown, San Francisco