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Month: January 2016

California – Monterey Bay

California – Monterey Bay

I had bought the San Francisco City pass that includes the 7 day Muni pass. I really shouldn’t have, since I had a car and parking wasn’t an issue for me. I wrote a post about parking in SF. The City Pass included the option to visit the Aquarium at Monterey Bay. On the third day of my trip it was raining, so I decided to drive to Monterey Bay from San Jose. That drive took about an hour and…

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San Francisco – Palace of Fine Arts, Victorian Homes, Stanford University and Alcatraz Cruise

San Francisco – Palace of Fine Arts, Victorian Homes, Stanford University and Alcatraz Cruise

Palace of Fine Arts This place is the only place I have seen in San Francisco that reminded me of the buildings in Europe. I wanted to go here because it looked pretty in the photos and I remembered it from the movie The Rock. One of my favorite movies. I made it here on my last day in San Francisco. It is near Crissy Field, and I was able to find free parking. It is a beautiful building. I…

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San Francisco –Golden Gate Park

San Francisco –Golden Gate Park

I remember my visit to the Golden Gate Park with mixed feelings. The good – there is a lot to do at Golden Gate Park, and it is beautiful. The bad – someone broke into my parked car and stole a small bag. Let’s start with the good. The Golden Gate Park reminded me of Central Park in New York. I believe it was designed by the same person or the designer was inspired by Central Park. Similar to Central…

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San Francisco – Twin Peaks

San Francisco – Twin Peaks

One of my favorite places in San Francisco is Twin Peaks. These are two large hills in the middle of the city. You can hike, drive or bicycle to the top of the peaks. I drove up and parked on the side near the top. Yay for free parking. Once you get out, you need to climb for about 5 or so minutes on man made stairs to reach the top. The view from the top is breath taking. You…

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San Francisco – Pier 39 & Fisherman’s Wharf

San Francisco – Pier 39 & Fisherman’s Wharf

I visited Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf multiple times. During day time and at night time. I would recommend doing both. There is a great energy at night time, and many places to snack at and have dinner at. I loved the tourist shops around pier 39 for browsing. I bought cable car souvenirs there, and just enjoyed browsing through the souvenir shops. The souvenirs gets redundant, but still fun to do for a short time period. At Pier 39,…

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San Francisco – Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco – Golden Gate Bridge

On my trip to San Francisco, I visited the Golden Gate Bridge multiple times from different locations. I went to the San Francisco side of it and walked across to the other side during the day time. Would definitely recommend doing this. There is something so magnificent about a seeing a world known landmark, and the beautiful breeze from the Pacific Ocean doesn’t hurt either.  I took a cruise from Pier 39 that took me under the bridge. This provided…

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San Francisco – Tour of Sillicon Valley

San Francisco – Tour of Sillicon Valley

I recently went  to San Francisco for a week. I stayed with family in San Jose. One of my family members works for Apple. He took me on a tour of some of the larger companies between San Fran and San Jose.  Apple, Google, Facebook and Yahoo. This was pretty cool. I have a technical background, so to me this was interesting. I would skip it if you are short on time, but if you have a few days definitely…

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Parking in San Francisco

Parking in San Francisco

I just came back from a trip to San Francisco. Before going on my trip, I tried google search to understand how easy or hard it is to find parking in San Francisco. The impression I got from my google search was that it was reasonable to expect $25 to $30 USD daily parking. This should be considered a good deal. Based on this finding, I bought a San Francisco City Pass to use the city’s bus system to get…

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