サンフランシスコの街並み Streetscape in San Francisco
San Francisco, a town of slopes and steps just like Nagasaki, is another favorite place of mine. We often make a day trip there. It makes me glad that I live only one-hour away from such a beautiful city. This time, we stayed overnight for the first time. The invitation to a wedding reception gave us a good opportunity. An old friend of Casey's from college was getting married.
I felt as if we were in a dream, attending the reception of the nice couple at a gorgeous place. During dinner, however, for some reason, princess got into a panic and could not stop screaming and crying. We were immediately dragged back to reality from this fancy world and had to hurry out of the place. "After all this is what I get with princess around ......" The negative part of my emotion, usually locked up deep in my mind, started to raise its head. I could not pull myself together that night.
Next day, however, thanks to the nice weather, I began to look forward to our day in San Francisco. "How are we going to spend the day?" First, dragon and I walked up and down the zigzag slope of Lombard Street. The houses on both side of the slope actually have somebody living in them. Wondering what it is like to live in such a famous tourist spot, I panted my way up the slope.
The streetscape of San Francisco is no doubt one of its major characteristics. Narrow and tall, colorfully-painted houses with cute bay windows stand right next to each other. None of them is exactly the same and just looking at them is fun. Especially the Victorian houses along Alamo Square, called the "Painted Ladies," are pretty famous. I once visited there more than 20 years ago and had always wanted to go back. I finally made it this time. This is certainly a scene that makes me feel like cross stitching. It is interesting that these houses are also lived in by ordinary people.
Cable cars are another feature of San Francisco that I had always wanted to ride. There was a cable car museum that had huge, huge machines and wheels that were pulling underground cables. This very heart of cable car operation looked so powerful that it was worth seeing. In front of the museum, dragon and I hopped on a cable car that had come, without knowing where it was heading for and how much the ride was. This was exactly "playing it by ear." Vigorously the cable car went up the steep slope before it started going downhill. Dragon, holding on to a bar, stood on the outside area of the car. He somehow looked very serious. After a while, we came to the last station just near the coast, with the spectacular view of Alcatraz Island. Now how do we go back? We decided to walk back along the tracks. Actually, the ride was a bit expensive....(^ ^;)
Soon after we started walking, I realized I had apparently underestimated how steep the slopes were. Slopes in Nagasaki were no comparison. More panting. There was no way of living in San Francisco with princess. Anyway, it was a fun walk, taking our time, enjoying the streetscape, different from just driving by. We finally got to a coffee shop where Casey and princess were waiting, took a rest and headed home.
There were some stressful moments unique to urban areas; having a hard time finding a parking space, getting hungry but not being able to find a good restaurant. Lastly, Casey added a scratch to our van against a parked truck(^ ^;). Still we enjoyed our day in San Francisco and my exhausted legs were good evidence of the long walk. I already look forward to visiting again, wondering what kind of day the city will have in store for us the next time. I never get tired of visiting San Francisco.
by danceofdragon | 2011-01-16 03:08