This view was my favourite part of our trip to San Francisco. We finally surrendered the wide open spaces of Yosemite for the hills and the bay and the bright orange bridge. I booked us on to a movie tour of the city, which as well Mrs. Doubtfire’s house and Bullit’s flat included a trip down to Fort Point underneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Movie buffs in the audience will recognise this as one of the locations for Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller Vertigo, where Kim Novak throws herself into the San Francisco Bay. The view up to the bridge from the point is very dramatic, particularly with the morning fog billowing around the top sections.
Hitchcock apparently believed that there was something visually jarring about putting blonde women in grey, hence Kim Novak’s famous grey suit in Vertigo. I’m not sure my grey trench coat and vans has the same impact somehow!
Our tour also took in the famous Painted Ladies, a row of colourful houses in Alamo Sqaure that have featured in more movies and TV shows then I care to count.
We drove our trusty Camaro up to the top of Twin Peaks to take in the view over the bay.
And of course, we rode on one of the classic trams, clattering our way up steep hills into the centre of town. Honestly, it was a bit crowded for me – I get enough armpits on my face on the London trains of a morning! But there’s no denying that they are lovely pieces of machinery. I would like to revisit San Francisco in the future. If I’m honest, we were both feeling a bit morose that our trip was coming to an end, and I’m not sure that we gave any of our final city stops the fair shake they deserved! The jungles of Malaysia, the wilderness of Australia and New Zealand, the Big Sur Coast and Yosemite Valley are a tough acts to follow, even if the Mexican food was excellent.
Only one more stop on our travels left to document! Which is a little sad. I’ve really enjoyed reliving our trip through these posts (which is partly why I’ve been stringing them out for so long), plus putting them together has forced me to go through the mountain of photographs properly.