Tuscan Towns: San Gimignano & Siena

Tuscany has it share of quaint towns and cities. Two of them are San Gimignano and Siena.

San Gimignano

San Gimignano is known for all its towers. The town is full of towers making a landscape you won’t see anywhere else. Unfortunately the day we visited was a rainy day but we were still able to enjoy some lovely views.

Siena

Siena is another great Tuscan town with great architecture. We only wandered around for a day but I wish we would have spent a day or two exploring this town and taking in its culture.

In the history of Siena, the town was broken down in districts or contradas. I believe that we walked by this one which I think used to be Oca (Goose).

A day in San Francisco

San Francisco is a fun place to travel. The people there are generally nice and laid back.If you are a tourist, there are plenty of things to do. On one of my last trips to San Francisco I played the tourist. I started off the day with a nice walk across the Golden Gate bridge.

From the bridge one can get a great view of alcatraz if the weather is right.

Coming back from walking across the bridge, you can take a jog down the San Francisco Bay Trail to Fort Mason to get another view of the bridge and end up in Fisherman’s Wharf.
The Fisherman’s Wharf can be quite crowded most of the year and it is really not my favorite part of town. However there is a gem in fisherman’s wharf, it is called the Musée Mécanique. This museum contains hundreds of old-school coin operated games and mechanical instruments.They are constantly refurbishing and adding new things. I loved spending time in this place.

After spending a couple hours in the museum, you can take the street car up to the top of Lombard Street. You can spend time watching cars maneuver the steep and curvy turns. There is also some spectacular views from there.

 Coit Tower in the distance.

At some point you can go to the park where the famous Victorian homes used in the show Full House reside. Now you got the song stuck in your head, don’t you??

One last architectural gem in the city is the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre. I only got to drive by it. One day I stop and check it out in person.