A maiden trip to USA

CITY HALL, SANFRANCISCO

We realized our dream of our maiden international trip to USA on 29 Aug 2019. We planned  a 12 days trip to visit to Sanfrancisco, Las Angels, Las Vegas, Buffalo, Washington & New York. Our first step was to go to US embassy at New Delhi for the VISA interview.  We went their with full of anxiety like school kids who face their first test in the school.  But to our surprise we found that the VISA issuing officer was so nice and  friendly, when he informed us that ‘your visa is approved’ we felt that as if we touched the moon ! Naturally we felt excited to board our first international flight to Sanfrancisco via Hong Kong. 

Its lovely to see the Hong Kong airport. First time I got the opportunity to see the runway near the coast. The whole airport looks so beautiful as it lies between sea and mountain.

Bay area of Sanfrancisco is really a feast to the eyes as the Blue sky touch the blue water and the mist envelops the whole bay area, gives an awesome look.

City hall is a beautiful structure and one of the tallest building in Sanfrancisco, where city’s administration is being held. The structure’s dome is taller than that of the United States Capitol (Senate Building) by 42 feet. The present building replaced an earlier City Hall that was destroyed during the 1906 earthquake, which was two blocks from the present one.

After that we visited the Lombard Street which is famous for a steep, one-block section with eight hairpin turns. The famous street claimed to be “the crookedest street in the world”. It is a major tourist attraction, receiving around two million visitors per year and up to 17,000 per day on busy summer weekends.

Twin mountains is the spot from where you can have a birds eye view of Sanfrancisco city. From our tour guide, I learnt that twin mountains are not natural mountains but it formed as a result of a major earth quake that devastated Sanfrancisco during 1906.

On the way to Golden Gate Bridge, we spent few minutes to see Golden Gate park which is full of colourful flowers with beautiful lawns.

Golden Gate bridge is a suspension bridge and become the land mark of the city. It connects Sanfrancisco bay with Marin Country which is in Pacific ocean. The main purpose of the bridge when it was built was to bring water to Sanfrancisco from Marin country. It is a steel bridge carried six lanes. Its international organge colour is so attractive and the bridge is visible from long distance due to this beautiful colour.

We also enjoyed Pier 39 Bay Cruise Adventure: This fully-narrated one-hour cruise sails underneath the majestic Golden Gate Bridge, around mysterious Alcatraz Island along San Francisco’s historic waterfront. Enjoy fantastic photo opportunities and breathtaking views. The cruise takes you under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz Island to see every angle of this mysterious island.

After the exciting cruise, we visited the Fishermen’s wharff, on the northern waterfront, is one of the city’s busiest tourist areas. Souvenir shops and stalls appear at every turn, as do postcard views of the bay, Golden Gate and Alcatraz. There’s also a colony of live sea lions.

While going around the city we were pleased to see the beautiful houses and colourful trams. We just loved the whole city. After finishing our visit to Sanfrancisco we proceeded to Las Angels.

Golden Gate Bridge, Sanfrancisco

Published by V Ramasamy

I like to write articles on diverse topics. I am also an voracious reader and like to comment on others opinion

50 thoughts on “A maiden trip to USA

  1. Congratulations on your maiden international trip. Let this be just the beginning of many more. I have been to San Francisco several times on work but haven’t seen anything of what you saw except the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.

    1. Thank you for the greetings and nice comments. Glad to know that you had been to the beautiful city many times. Only regret was that all were ‘official’ trips. You won’t get much time to spare in official trips. I am sure that you will certainly visit USA without the ‘official’ tag soon!!!

  2. It is lovely to see your appreciation of America. You describe some of her best parts so well! Too bad your didn’t see Chicago, where I live. It has many exciting things to offer such as the Art Institute which is truly one of the best museums for art in the world. Maybe some day you will come again, and some day I can go to India.

    1. Yeah I missed Chicago. Thanks for the wish and nice comments. Yeah you can visit India. It will be a rich experience for you.

  3. I hope you enjoyed the travel to the U.S. San Francisco is absolutely one of the best places to experience the colors and style of the West Coast. And it is dramatically different from much of the rest of the United States. I hope everything lived up to your expectations.

  4. Yeah, we were really stunned to see the beauty of San Francisco. It was a memorable trip. Thank you for the nice comments.

  5. That sounds like great fun! Thanks for visiting my blog world. I am curious: of course I like the food aspects of what you decided on here there etc but it’s more interesting to couple that with a sense of your diet and how you kept the same and explored too. But tourism off the beaten path- did you find cool trinkets?!?!?!?! I am always hoping for that one cool shop you didn’t expect to bring such joys you spent much time or for the shop keep, moolah money ;). I am surprised there is not yet a San Francisco Chinatown mention as it would figure in blockbuster Western movies like Jackie Chan In rush hour. M Y current tea is is Czar nicolaus 2 rose tea. It is imported to San Francisco. While a defunct offering, David Rio tea used to offer quite the gem of “Fuji apple” wow! As is always curious. I have not been. The wine reputation of near areas also is welll known so if wines came across the lips, your enjoyment?

  6. WOW!!!!! Such an amazing trip!!!! I loooove SF and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge!!!! Thanks for taking us all with you! CHEERS TO MORE ADVENTURES AND INSPIRATION!!!! ❤️💙💜🧡💛💚💙💜🧡💛💚❤️🧡💜💙❤️

  7. Yeah, we really stunned to see the beauty of San Francisco. It was a memorable trip that we will always cherish. Thank you for the nice comments.

  8. Me and my husband went to San Diego and San Francisco for our honeymoon. It was much different than what we had expected but it was an amazing trip. Loved reading of your experience.

  9. If you ever come back to the USA consider visiting some of the National Parks and Monuments out in the western part of the country. The Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Arches, Zion, Mt Rainier, and so on. I also love the Black Hills area of South Dakota where there are so many things to do in one place. By the way, not everyone who moved to Manhattan became a billionaire.

  10. Yeah I wish to visit USA again to see Grand Canyan and other places you mentioned. Regarding becoming a billionaire, yeah I know not every one become a billionaire, probably our guide said that in a lighter vein just to make us realise the importance of Manhatten . Thank you very much for the nice comments.

    1. There are currently quite a few more billionaires living in San Francisco than New York City. For regular people it is best to not live in places with lots of billionaires as you can’t afford it.

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