Guide To Do Francisco in ONE Day. Part 2
UNTUK BAHASA, KLIK SINI
Here is the second part of my guide to visit San Francisco city in one day.
5) China Town
I was a little bit regret for including China Town into my one day visit list. Because Chinatown is always the same like any Chinatown in the world. Red lantern, big signboard with chinese characters, Chinese restaurants, the sound of chinese music playing on the background, roadside full of cars parking in. It just the same. Jonker Street in Malacca is more worth visit than Chinatown in San Francisco I tell you. And if you come to Chinatown, it is a norm for you to get the POP POP throwing fireworks that looks like little garlic cloves, the one with popping sound when you throw it on the floor. So, there was a group of white people behind me with tour guide, busy throwing the pop pop fireworks at my foot. In the beginning, I just acted cool but not for long because I can feel the stinging fire on my leg. I lost my coolness and yelled at them with one and one only word – “asshole”. I was so mad because I was so tired with all the walking and I couldn’t be happier with pop pop fireworks in every steps that I make in Chinatown. Mike, who walked ahead in front of me stopped and turned around after he heard me. But then, the guys in that group just laugh and mumbled ‘why so serious’ and left me alone.
6) The Painted Ladies
Or known as Postcard Row. Mike picked this one. To be frank, I didn’t do much research for San Francisco like I used to do with other trips. I let Mike decides and I trust him knew more since this is his home country. So, when he keep mentioning ‘The Painted Ladies’, my mind couldn’t help but thinking it is some sort of art statue of a lady or something and it surprises me that Mike wanted to see that! But when I finally reached the place, it is a row of 3 storey Victorian style houses built in 1849 but well maintained with people still live in it. And ‘Painted Ladies’ is referring to the house is painted in three colors or more to enhance the architectural details. If you familiar with FullHouse sitcom show, the one with the Olsen twins – Mary & Kate Olsen, the family house in that show is based on this area.
Oh well, most of the houses here look like this. So beautiful.
7) Golden Gate Bridge
I must say this is a mandatory. Golden Gate Bridge is a face or trademark of San Francisco! Like Twin Tower to Kuala Lumpur. And if you are super engineering enthusiast, this is the place. You can cross this bridge by walk (err.. too far I guess) and by car. Mike refused to do it since he doesn’t want to pay the toll. So, yeah.
8) Eat Seafood at Fisherman’s Wharf
If you have extra money, you should try seafood here and pay touristy price. I must admit that I was drooling when I see all those crabs and lobsters. And you can guess whether I get to eat it or not. Hahahahah. There are two ways of having the seafood here. Expensive way, and a bit cheaper way. Expensive if you walk into the restaurant and sit. Order the food from its fancy menu with a glass of wine. A cheaper way is eat outside, standing in a cold windy breeze, and skip the crab and lobster. Since Mike is very careful with the money, we order take out which is prawns and squid, from the cheaper way style that I mentioned. We ate in the car while drove our way home back to hotel. Hey, I am not complaining. At least I still get to try San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf Seafood!
So! This are 8 places of interest we managed to cover in A DAY and costs both of us under USD 150. Ah, the parking fee for whole day is USD 25 if I’m not mistaken. Did I mentioned that you park a car at 1 place and roam around by foot? Yes. That’s what we did. It is not safe for you to drive around in San Francisco of you not familiar with the people, traffic rules and police traffic are everywhere and their eyes is fixated on tourist like you. (Okay, to tell you the truth, we got stopped by the traffic police and almost get a ticket)
My experience walking back to Pier from Union Square is madness when you know San Francisco city is one hilly place. Well, that’s what you got when you touring with my husband Mike. He is serious about walking tour and he is not kidding about WALKING.