Monday, August 22, 2011

USA: Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco, California - 8 May 2011

Next, we went to Golden Gate Bridge.
The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the opening of the San Francisco Bay into the Pacific Ocean.

It is the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco, and I think it is the most photographed bridge in the world.


Ok, another set of raw, unedited photos to make you fall in love with SFO, just like I did. :)

Needless to say, this place is also very windy and cold, as it is near the bay area.
But even the landscape is so pretty there.


Beautiful Golden Gate Bridge as the background.


The weight of the roadway is hung from two cables that pass through the two main towers and are fixed in concrete at each end. Each cable is made of 27,572 strands of wire. There are 80,000 miles (129,000 km) of wire in the main cables. The bridge has approximately 1,200,000 total rivets.


Mandatory couple shots ;)


The beautiful greens with the tip of the Golden Gate Bridge as the background.


I love this photo. So glad the sky was so blue and bright, with no sign of fog (which is normal in the San Francisco Bay Are). Thus, you can see every inch of the Golden Gate Bridge so clearly.


Lovely, huh?


Pedestrians (including wheelchair users) and bicyclists may access the sidewalks of the bridge during daylight hours. The Bridge is 1.7 miles long and it was was so windy when we walked on it.






Oh, another thing which you may ask.
Q: Why is the Golden Gate Bridge not gold in colour, but painted international orange (orange vermilion)?

A: Actually, the term Golden Gate refers to the Golden Gate Strait which is the entrance to the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean. The strait is approximately three-miles long by one-mile wide with currents ranging from 4.5 to 7.5 knots. It is generally accepted that the strait was named "Chrysopylae" or Golden Gate by Army Captain John C. Fremont, circa 1846. It is said it reminded him of a harbor in Istanbul named Chrysoceras or Golden Horn.

Info Source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Gate_Bridge
http://goldengatebridge.org


p/s - Click here for more of my USA trip.

2 comments:

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