Time-turner, the intriguing device that could take you back in time, was last heard of in 2004 in the movie Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban. It is now back in fashion after the release of the script Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. And I am going to use it to relive some of my most memorable journeys. This is the first in the series of Time-Turner Posts and I begin with revisiting San Francisco in California.
My lingering memory of the city is that of a high sun and deep-blue skies (I must have been lucky because the city is often very foggy), of winding streets and sugar donuts. It was back in 2010 when I visited this amazing city. I remember the ravishing sight of the setting sun reflected in the water around Pier 39. I remember watching in awe the bigges sea-gull I had ever seen take a flight. I remember the most stunning street performance ever where a juggler risked his life juggling knives and making smart talk. I remember the grunts of sea lions that have made the rocks around the pier their home. It was a gorgeous place, this Pier 39, and a great way do a handshake with San Francisco and its awesomeness.
We drove across the Golden Gate bridge and also stopped to click a few photos, however that was not the highlight of my trip. Over the weekend, I got the chance to visit the Ferry Building and there was mayhem there. It was as chaotic as it can get in California. The reason? There was a farmer's market on and several kiosks were selling some of the freshest produce I had ever seen. Not to mention the size of them all. I saw some of the biggest fruit and vegetables. And there, unexpectedly, I ran into none other than Mahatma Gandhi standing on a pedestal, immortalized, as relevant there as anywhere else.
Right across the street is the Vaillancourt Fountain, or the Quebec libre!. This stark, concrete structure is intriguing, though some might find it a little too modern for their liking. I remember having a gala time clicking pictures around it with my colleague.
I saw and experienced so much, but there was a lot that I missed. I missed driving down the Lombard Street. I missed exploring the Japanese Tea Garden. I missed going ghost hunting in Alcatraz. While I think my first visit was fun, I think I have enough to look forward to if I ever go there again. And San Francisco is one city that I don't think I can have enough of ever.
If you liked this post and found it helpful, I would request you to follow these things when traveling -
- Manage your waste well and don’t litter
- Use dustbins. Tell us if you went to a place and found it hard to locate a dustbin.
- Avoid bottle waters in hills. Usually you get clean water in hills and water bottles create lot of mess in our ecosystem.
- Say big no to plastic and avoid those unhealthy snacks packed in plastic bags. Rather buy fruits.
- Don't play loud blaring music in forests of jungle camps. You are a guest in that ecosystem and disturbing the locals (humans and animals) is not polite