Fisherman’s Wharf – Pier 39- Telegraph Hill – Lombard St. – Coit Tower

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San Francisco is the opposite of Los Angeles. It is a way-smaller city, with its Downtown being very close (less than 10 blocks) to very peaceful zones such as the Telegraph Hill. It has a lot of piers in the coast who faces the Bay of San Francisco and a ferry system who connects the cities and towns of the bay. The most touristic one is the Pier 39 & Fisherman’s Wharf, with some great food, a little theme park, and great views of the Alcatraz Island. In this place I met one of the greatest shops ever, where you can buy original pictures autographed by movie stars, rockstars, famous sports players (especially Baseball), and some very cool weird stuff. All were a bit expensive, but also unique.
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The first thing I did after sleeping in Fort Mason was going to Pier 39 at the afternoon. The next morning, I went to the Telegraph Hill, known for the Coit Tower, with spectacular views of the city and the bay. In order to get there, it is necessary to walk the hills (some take a cab to get there, but I highly recommend to walk and enjoy the surroundings). Just like in LA, the buildings of San Francisco share some essential details of its architectural styles with New York, like the old-brick buildings with its stairs to the streets and even the Art Deco (though there’s less than in LA), with more colorful designs. I would describe it as happy. The city gives a happy feeling everywhere and that feels really good. That makes me remember what it’s been said about how San Francisco is the most advanced city in the US. And this seems to be another key of the country: though their conservative face makes it a strong and organized culture, also with the disadvantages that this carries, the US also has a big sense of constant innovation and experimentation that create new ways of living in the society. In this particular subject, San Francisco is one of the most important cities of the country (and in my opinion in the global unconscious), known for being the cradle of the hippies, the gender equality, and the sexual freedom. In a very conservative country, the birth of all of these revolutions shows this amazing characteristic of the american society, somehow deep behind the progress of the american dream, and also showing this mix of ideologies among their people, which I find very interesting.
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So after having launch in Telegraph Hill with a group of venezuelan girls (it was actually a surprise to see so many groups of young people traveling in the US, just like in Europe), I went to another famous place, the Lombard Street, on the opposite hill of the Telegraph Hill. The street is a red-brick snake between some cool gardens. A very interesting fact is that most of the streets of this neighborhood were actually very calm, but the Lombard Street was congested. A lot of people go there with their cars and get the experience of going down the street trough Lombard St.

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