Palace of Fine Arts – Golden Gate Bridge – Sausalito

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In my last day on San Francisco, I went by bike from Fort Mason to Sausalito. There’s a bike path, usually used by tourists, who connects both locations. Along the way, I stoped by the Palace of Fine Arts, a greco-roman palace (a very-used style in this kind of buildings) with a central pergola surrounded by lakes. In front of this place is Presidio, a mountainous area with a freeway who links the city to the bridge. The views from the bike path of the coast are pretty cool. Europe has many incredible cities, but this particular city really hooked my attention in a different way. I think the major key is: the aesthetic perfection is important, but it is just one of the elements who make an entire city. San Francisco has a large number of cultural and natural details who make the city unique.
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So after going to Presidio, I finally got to the Golden Gate Bridge. As I remember with the Eiffel Tower and the Colosseum, I got the same feeling with this particular place. The legend surrounding this site in the collective imagination makes it look at it in a very different way. It’s like watching The Godfather. The movie is great, but there’s something more that only a classic film, built in our imagination trough all our lives can achieve. The Golden Gate Bridge has 2 big towers (it is actually quite surprising to see how tall they are when there in front of them), a lot of people from all the possible nationalities walking, high winds, foggy views to the Pacific Ocean, and one special detail: a phone with a direct-line to those who wants to jump from the bridge. It takes some time to cross it on foot (or even on bike), but going down the streets of Sausalito after all that effort really gives a lot of satisfaction.
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After that, it was getting dark. It was my last afternoon in the West Coast and I took the ferry back to San Francisco. It was a fast experience and I would recommend to stay there for 4 or 5 days. There’s really a lot to do and see, especially if you only use the bike, which I also recommend if you’re in a good shape.

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