San Francisco in Panavision

After three months on-and-off in the city, I finally got to see the Coit Tower closer than from the ferry terminal.

The Muni journey was put to good use with an informative pocast from Sparkletack. This concise Coit Tower hstory lesson saw us as far as the turntable at Powell where we hopped directly onto the cable-car and trundled to Washington Square.

Having spent a chunk of the morning at the gym and not wanting to expend any more effort on using our legs, we had planned to take the bus to the Tower itself at this stage, except this was the point where things went a little pear-shaped.
After a twenty minute wait we began to wonder if we were standing in the right spot after all and as we crossed the road to investigate the alternative bus-stop we watched our bus pass through out of reach on the original side of the road.

Unable to spare another twenty minutes we decided to put our laziness to one side and walk. This was a good decision as the steep walk to the tower itself affords some fine views and as it turned out not was too much effort after all.

Once at the tower paid our $7.50 access and took the short and rattly elevator ride to the top. The wind was blowing a gale (as I imagine it must do a lot up there) but thanks to the glass which now covers the ‘windows’ it didn’t bother us. If you are in town hitting the tourist points then the Coit Tower may not have a revolving restaurant up top but the views are still the best in town.

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