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San Francisco, America - 17th July 2012

By: Shilo

Good morning Mum and Mandrara.

Today is our second and last day here in San Francisco, because tomorrow we will travel on to the Yosemite National Park. But I donít want to talk about tomorrow, because we have planned a lot for today.
After our breakfast, we started our tour at Fishermenís wharf again. From there we planned to walk to the Golden gate bridge. I am so happy that I will walk on this amazing bridge.
On our way to the bridge, we walked along the beach. Isnít the view great from here? I could see Alcatraz and far far away the bridge.

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After a long way from an hour we are very close to the bridge. I am so excited about it and the weather is so unbelievable nice today.

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On the bottom of the bridge we arrived at an old Fort. Fort Point was build 1794 and was completed just before the American Civil War, to defend San Francisco Bay against hostile warships. The fort is now protected as Fort Point National Historic Site, a United States National Historic Site administered by the National Park Service as a unit of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
We looked around the fort and then climbed up the stairs to the top, to have a look around from the top.

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It was cool to look around the fort, but now it is time to move on to the bridge. But wait beneath the fort we found these interesting looking sign. A friendly old man, told us about the story behind this sign. Hopper is a true San Francisco hero. He is one of the many Golden gate bridgeís iron workers that not only risk their life each day maintaining this beautiful bridge, but volunteer to save the lives of lost souls attempting to end their lives jumping off the bridge. He saved 30 people in the time he was working at the bridge.
When he noticed that waterfront joggers have a ritual of touching the fence at the dead-end of the sidewalk next to Fort Point, he had the bridge's sign painter make a sign with two handprints on it, and another sign with two dog paws, because one woman had her dog touch the fence.
Now everybody is touching this sign. We also touched it, before we went the way back to climb up to the bridge.

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Mum I am standing on the Golden gate bridge. I am so happy and the view over San Francisco is so beautiful. But it was a little bit too windy here for me.

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After the bridge we walked on to the National cemetery. It was very impressive to see all this graves. We saw graves from people who fought in more than one war and survived them. And we saw a grave from a person who got the Medal of Honor.

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Before we went back to the hotel we made a short stop at the Palace of fine arts. This place was very special, because you had the feeling like you were in Greece.

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It was a wonderful day here in San Francisco. I will always have beautiful memories of this city. But I am also excited to see the next stop on our tour through America tomorrow.

So good night and see you tomorrow.

* Posted Jul 25, 2012, 5:00 am Last edited Jul 25, 2012, 5:01 am by Shilo [Quote] Go to the top of the page


 

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